Publisher's Note:  

In the future, it doesn't pay to remember.  In Nora's world you don't have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC--a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take the pill that will erase it. But at TFC, a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora's life. She doesn't take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember. With newfound friends Micah and Winter, Nora makes a comic book of their memories called Memento. It's an instant hit, but it sets off a dangerous chain of events. Will Nora, Micah, and Winter be forced to take the Big Pill that will erase their memories forever?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Marshall Cavendish

Memento Nora

by Angie Smibert

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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  George Santayana's famous quote was always in the forefront of my mind as I read Angie Smibert's compelling, fast-paced dystopian novel, Memento Nora.  Set in a futuristic world where the citizens have chosen not to fight frequent terrorist attacks, but simply to forget them in the interest of continuing to live a "glossy," fear-free life, Memento Nora raises a lot of questions about the importance of holding on to even our painful memories. I wasn't sure what to expect going into Memento Nora, especially since dystopian thrillers are a dime-a-dozen right now.  What I got was much better than I could have anticipated!  Memento Nora has great pacing, well-developed characters, an intriguing plotline, and a chilling ending that makes me glad that Smibert is working on a sequel.  In a genre that is full of the same old conventions, Memento Nora feels refreshingly original.  Highly recommended! 

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There is moderate profanity (high school slang and "Biblical" epithets) throughout the book, and a few strong instances (no f-words) throughout the book as well. 


There is moderate violence, mostly consisting of explosions, bullying, and implied domestic violence.  Nothing graphic or gratuitous. 


There is mild sexual content—a boy and a girl kiss briefly; there is a briefly mentioned homosexual relationship, and we know from another girl's thoughts that she is lesbian as well (no detail is ever given, but she does mention that one woman is "not her type" and has a crush on a "curvy" woman). 

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Mature themes are moderate throughout the book and consist of greed and corruption, domestic violence, dystopian societies, and the importance of learning from the past.

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Reviewed By CindyB
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