Ashleigh Paige

I'm a full-time college sophomore pursuing my B.A. in English with hopes of one day working as an editor. Cats, musicals, documentaries about cults/disasters/tragedies, and curse words are just a few of my favorite things. Also, check out our blog or I WILL FIND YOU.

The Forgetting Curve - Angie Smibert Also appears on The Screaming Nitpicker.Maybe I would like The Forgetting Curve a little more if I could remember more about it and its predecessor Memento Nora.As soon as I jumped into The Forgetting Curve, I found myself getting lost. What's going on? I can't remember what happened to Micah! Did that happen in the first book? Did it happen between books? Readers are expected to be very familiar with what happened in the first book and for someone like me, who read it almost five months ago and doesn't remember much, it makes for a rough beginning. This is definitely the kind of series one has to follow from the first book onward if they don't want to get lost.One thing I desired more of in Memento Nora (and said as much in my review of it) was Winter, who was easily the most compelling of the three narrators. Seeing her come back for The Forgetting Curve and grow further almost sent me over the moon. Winter's new co-narrators, her hacker cousin Aiden and her blue-haired friend Velvet, have their own unique voices--you'll never mistake Aiden for Winter or Velvet for Aiden-- and stories to tell, though Velvet's tale as an aspiring musician is weaker than Aiden's and Winter's stories. Aiden's hacking scenes in particular were a delight to read.The Forgetting Curve shares numerous problems with Memento Nora. The inability to forge a stronger connection between me and the characters, for one. I had a difficult time connecting with them. Both books were short, absorbing reads, but their just-over/under-two-hundred-pages length also robbed the genuinely interesting stories of deeper development. There was one area of improvement, though; the writing became much clearer. There were fewer moments of "What are they talking about?" than in the previous book.One undeniable area of improvement was the ability to hook me for the sequel. Memento Nora left me feeling ambivalent about another book (though I ended up reading it anyway, as you can tell). The Forgetting Curve has a much stronger hook and I plan to stick around for the third book in the series. This dystopian novel with its roots in our very memories is scarily addictive. If you can find a copy, try it out!