I am excited to be a part of The Forgetting Blog Tour, this is one of my favorite books I have read this year. I am so happy to be able to bring you a character interview with Gray. Make sure to go to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway to win your own copy.
Title: THE FORGETTING
Author: Sharon Cameron
Pub. Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Rating: 5 Stars
What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.
Thank you Gray for taking the time to answer some of my questions, I know it may not be easy to answer all of them.
I’ll definitely tell him, and I think he’s up for it. And here is Gray!
Do you wish you had siblings? Have your feelings on this changed from before the Forgetting as far as you know?
I guess I don’t know anything about what I wanted before the last Forgetting, or what I didn’t want. But sure, I’ve wondered if there could be a brother or sister out there. Everybody does. I saw a boy once, coming out of the learning room, and he looked a mess with his hair all over his head and his book scuffed up. And he had a bunch of other kids around him, and they were laughing, having fun, and he was the center of it, you know? I found out his name. He was a weaver’s son, and he had sisters, two parents, and books in the Archives going back to his birth. I was glad for him. I mean, that’s the way it should be, right? But I was a little sorry, too. I thought he might have gotten Lost. Like me. I thought we might have gotten Lost together.
What is it like to wake-up with pain that you can’t explain and don’t know how it happened?
Well, it’s terrible. I guess that’s obvious. But I think it’s worse when you’re a kid. Even if you’ve forgotten, an adult just…knows, I guess, that you’re supposed to be taking care of yourself, even if you don’t know anything else. When you’re a kid, you’re thinking the opposite. You don’t know where you are or why it hurts, but something in your head says that somebody should be helping. Taking care of you. And you look around, and there’s nobody there. Nobody at all.
How do you feel about the Forgetting?
I think it’s the worst thing that can ever happen to you.
Is there anyone you feel especially close to despite the Forgetting on instinct?
When you say “instinct,” I think what you’re really asking is if there’s anything left after the Forgetting, if there are some things the Forgetting can’t touch, right? I think there must be, but they’re hard to put a name to. When my father came and stole me from the Lost, and made me his son, it felt…right, somehow. We didn’t really have to try that hard to be a family. And a lot of times, that’s not the way it goes after the Forgetting. And then there’s Nadia, the Dyer’s Daughter. She won’t talk to me, but I think about her all the time, and I don’t know why.
What is your greatest fear?
Being Lost and forgotten. Like I was before.
Thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions it has been a pleasure to have you Gray here with us.
Glad to. But I feel like somebody should crack a joke or something. You’re making me kind of depressed.
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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