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And being late, even by a few minutes, was never a good thing. Right now the insane profit margin did not really seem worth it. But thirty minutes later, with his engines starting to suck on air instead of fuel, the captain saw his destination straight ahead. It rose out of the ocean like a throne for Neptune. He looked at the passengers. They too were staring at the structure, their eyes bugged out. Even though this was not the first such structure they had seen it was still a monstrous sight, especially at night.
He slowed his engines and took his time docking alongside a floating metal platform tethered to the larger structure. After the ropes were secured, hands reached across and started pulling the passengers onto the platform, which bobbed up and down from the light chop created by the docking process. It must have already left with a load. As the captain signed off on some documents and received his pay in plastic bundles taped down, he looked at the passengers as they were herded up a long metal stairway.
They all looked terrified. They should be, he thought. The unknown was not nearly as terrifying as the known. And he understood quite clearly that these people were well aware what was about to happen to them. And they also knew that no one else cared. They were not rich. They were not powerful. They were truly the forgotten. And their numbers were growing exponentially as the world was settling swiftly into a permanent state of the rich and thus powerful and then everyone else.
And what the rich and powerful wanted, they usually got. He opened one of the plastic bundles. His mind did not immediately register what he was seeing. When it became apparent that what he was holding was cut-up newspaper and not money, he looked up. The MP was an awesome killing weapon at close quarters. It would prove so tonight.
The captain had time to put up his hand, as though flesh and bone would block shaped ordnance coming at him far faster than a jumbo jet could fly.
When it hit him it did so with thousands of foot-pounds of kinetic energy. There was barely any integration of the climax with the rest of the book. Despite all the things I loved about this book, ultimately I felt like I fudged my way through and contrary to all the hype I am pretty much disappointed. This book was not for me and yet I think teens will love it regardless.
I am very curious to see how other readers feel about this one when it hits the shelves. View all 23 comments. Aug 19, Flannery rated it liked it Shelves: You had me, Cat Patrick. You had me for a significant portion of this novel. Then you totally lost me. You did, however, inspire me to read up on short-term memory loss. Each night, she writes notes for herself of things she needs to read for school, what she should wear tomorrow, and any developments with family and friends.
The entire book keep You had me, Cat Patrick. The entire book keeps the reader wondering what the impetus for the memory loss was and whether London Lane yes will be able to regain some of her lost memories. There is no way that someone can write notes for their entire life and keep them detailed enough to pass as their normal self in everyday life. Think of all the details. Updating herself on every day of her life every single morning? If every day is the first day you are meeting someone, it is beyond creepy that you would ever sleep with him. Sure, I can see London trusting herself in her notes but she really had no reason to because she repeatedly wrote what she wanted next-day London to know, not what actually happened or what she needed to know.
The mystery element of this book builds slowly and then just punches you in the face at the end. In a bad way. Underground baby adoption rings? All in all, I still thought this book was an okay read. The problems I had were all plot and character related rather than dealing with the writing style. View all 33 comments.
Forgotten: A Novel and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Forgotten: A Novel Paperback – October 16, “For fans of The Good Wife, Catherine McKenzie’s Forgotten is a pure, page-turning pleasure.”. From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New.
London Lane remembers her future the same way we remember our past. And while the average person doesn't 'remember' their future, London doesn't remember her past. Her memories are of the future, but the moment they become the past, they're forgotten. She has to remind herself of the clothes she wore yesterday, the conversati London Lane remembers her future the same way we remember our past.
She has to remind herself of the clothes she wore yesterday, the conversations she had, what she needs to do for school, why she's angry at certain people and to remind herself to stay angry at certain people. She soon meets the new guy in school, Luke Henry. There's an instant attraction, he's gorgeous and seems like such a genuinely sweet boy. But although there is something vaguely familiar about him, she doesn't see him in any of her future memories. So as much as she'd love the idea of seeing and talking to him again, she doesn't torture herself by dwelling on what she knows will never come.
She talks to him again the next day. Luke Henry is very much a part of her future, he becomes an incredibly important part but she still can't remember him. Which means every day she must read her notes growing notes on this wonderful boy and meet him all over again. All the while keeping up the facade that she 'does' remember him - since only two people in her life know of her condition. Not long after Luke comes into her life, London begins seeing a new memory.
A nightmarish memory that is not fully revealing itself to her, which makes it all the more terrifying. What begins to unravel is a mystery that will make you question the past, present and future. I was shocked when things were unravelled toward the end! To me, London's condition is heartbreaking. To have these 'future memories' of days, months, years to come and know they're only temporary in your mind - the moment you actually live in them, the dreaded 4: Just words; ink and paper reminders of what once was.
I still can't shake that devastating idea from my head. I sat there thinking about all the moments from my own past, all those precious memories that would be nothing but a summary on a note. You only see your parents and friends and loved ones as their future selves - never remembering the dorky stages and the beautiful years of growth from childhood.
Not only that, but Forgotten really works your mind over with the idea of knowing the future - how much do you reveal? Is it right to intervene when you know something bad is going to happen to a friend? Is the future really set in stone? Two words I have been dying to exclaim in caps lock: That boy is officially in my top 5 list of favourite fictional males ever.
Make that top 3. He is the sweetest thing ever! From his weird, yet adorable object of interest for his artwork to his all chocolate brown Converse All Stars. I kid you not, I hugged this book tight to my chest. I had a dorky grin on my face and I'm the kind of person who starts giggling to myself when something makes me insanely happy and giggle I did. Where can I buy me a Luke Henry?! He's funny, sweet, loyal, romantic, gorgeous, quirky and just so I just love him. And if I didn't also love and admire London so much, I would have stole every note of him she ever wrote and claiming him for myself, but the thought of erasing Luke Henry from anyone's mind is horrifying.
Alright, I'll stop gushing now Just let me have one more minute in heaven: Forgotten is an incredible debut novel. It's a romance that will set your heart aflutter, a mystery that will leave you clutching the pages for answers and a chain of events and emotions that will force you to question your own past and future. It will burrow it's way into your heart and leave you feeling such an emotional attachment to the amazing characters and uniquely sad, yet beautiful, thought-provoking storyline.
I literally began rereading this just hours after I finished because I didn't want to leave the astonishing world born of this talented author's mind. Despite it's name, this is one novel that will not be soon forgotten. View all 13 comments. Aug 11, Thomas rated it it was ok Shelves: Yesterday I ordered an orange mango smoothie from Starbucks. I expected to enjoy it - after all, I like oranges, mangoes, and smoothies. Yet when I tried the drink in its entirety I almost spit.
That's sort of like what happened with Forgotten , minus the spit. Forgotten possessed a plethora of potential. It's realistic fiction with a paranormal touch, including a love interest and a mystery. The book had so much promise , but failed to deliver any punch. Cat Patrick's prose is good. Too good, in a Yesterday I ordered an orange mango smoothie from Starbucks. Too good, in a way. It reminded me of a one-note song that takes a minute to learn on the piano - simple and effortless, but lacking depth and variety. After reading the first chapter I felt like I was reading recycled copies of the same writing over and over.
I had the same issue with the characters. Don't get me wrong, I like ordinary protagonists. But to me, there's a clear difference between ordinary and plain boring. London landed on the latter.
And while the romance between London and Luke was cute, it was also monotonous: What about his personality? Does he have a personality? There were so many holes and inconsistencies that by the end of the book I wanted to scream. The worst part is that Cat Patrick could have made Forgotten amazing - like I said earlier, this book and the idea of London's somewhat amnesia had gargantuan potential.
Patrick just didn't do anything with it. I suppose the ending could qualify as a "shocker", but I was too glad the book was over to care. It's a good thing that this book is a fast and easy read, otherwise, I don't know if I would have finished it. If you've been following me or reading my reviews for some time you probably know that it's not often I write a negative review. It's not something I like doing, but I have to be honest - Forgotten is a forgettable read, and a book I'll be glad to have out of my memory.
View all 11 comments. London loses her memory every night. She writes notes about the day and leaves them on her nightstand for the morning. On one particular day, she meets Luke. He seems to know her from somewhere but she doesn't notice and obviously, wouldn't know what memory he remembers her from. Their romance starts to build, slowly but surely. Although it's a slow build-up it's not the kind where you don't know if anything is ever going to happen.
The ending is marvelous, and I don't want to spoil anything so London loses her memory every night. The ending is marvelous, and I don't want to spoil anything so I'll leave the review as this. View all 6 comments. Dec 09, Erica daydreamer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Forgotten is spellbindingly mind boggling. Cat Patrick certainly created a keeper with her debut novel.
It was such a unique premise, and confusing at times. Kind of like one of those time travel concepts that stretch your mind. Each mo Forgotten is spellbindingly mind boggling. Each morning at 4: She writes notes to herself every night telling her about her yesterday, and reminding her what she needs to do the next day, like study for a quiz, which how tiresome would that be?
But she knows her future. The premise is actually quite similar to the movie 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore. I wonder if Patrick got her inspiration or seed for the novel from that movie. I loved all the characters. London especially, for her strength and acceptance of her life, and the love she has for the people around her, and trying her hardest to save them from an unpleasant future. And Luke was great.
As London tries to unravel her past, and find out what her mother is keeping from her, the puzzle pieces come together in a rather startlingly, intriguing, brilliant way. Patrick holds all the pieces, giving them away at just the right time to keep the reader on their toes, and slowly let them see the ever brightening picture alongside London. The ending was done very nicely, wrapping the story up with a feeling of completion for the reader, while still not having all the loose ends tied up. D This book has already been optioned for a motion picture http: I think it would make an incredible, romantic movie, that would be slightly like 50 First Dates, which I like also.
So, kudos to Cat Patrick for writing an unforgettable novel. View all 5 comments. Books 4 Review Club. Cat Patrick took me on an unforgettable journey through the eyes of London, a young girl whose memory reset every morning. She has no memory of her past and every memory of the future. Forgotten was so gripping to me literally could not put it down; I laughed, I sighed, I giggled, I cried. The story was a mesmerizing page-turning psychological mystery; full of drama and young love that I greedily consumed in one evening.
I know I had said this before but the story hooked right from the start. London grab my attention primarily by the lists she writes for herself and I was confused at first. I didn't understand why they were so important and why she freaked out over the cell phone. When I did and I was sucked further into the story vying to see where it would lead. London falls for Luke, and gets the pleasure of meeting him for the first time every single day.
She quickly falls for him, hard, and fast. The feelings they have for each other reach intense heights in what is a short space of time. Nevertheless, if I had to pick just one, I think my favorite part of the story would have to be the minivan date. It was refreshing reading a about a young man romancing a young woman he clearly loved. It was wonderful to read the romancing coming from the guy for a change. Most assuredly, Luke was my favorite character. I had three big reactions to be honest. However, the one that stands out the most is London remembering Luke without having to read her notes.
My heart burst opened at the realization that they could be forever soul mates, just as Luke had romanticized on the minivan date. My second stand out moment was the future London saw for Luke. Could her memory loss be linked to finding her brother? If so, once he appears will she be able to remember and what about her future memories….. I thought it was interesting that London could see the future however could not remember the past. However if Cat Patrick decides to continue the story with another book I think we will see more of the characters. My only disappointment was with the ending.
For me it was too rushed, and I felt like there was more to say, more story to tell. I don't think it should have ended and what I hear is there will be no sequel. I have a feeling there will be more from London, but don't hold me to that. Forgotten it is a stirring and extraordinary debut novella that will haunt your dreams and leave you yearning for more. View all 3 comments. La sinopsis promete, la idea principal es interesante, pero la autora no ha sabido llevarla a buen puerto. Le encuentro tres grandes "peros" a la historia. Primero, Jamie , la mejor amiga de la protagonista.
Segundo, view spoiler [la trama del hermano. Es como si hubiese querido meter una trama policial con calzador. Rechina no, lo siguiente. En resumen, una novela con potencial que se queda en agua de borrajas Forgotten is a story of girl who has no recollection of her past whatsoever but for some reason of her future. It's clear though from the get - go that knowing the future and not recalling the past has taken its toll on her. For one, she has to make notes every day before she goes to bed to remind herself when she wakes up of what she has to do that very day.
The problem with this is that the London who wakes up that very morning may have the notes to remind herself to bring; a chemistry book, w Forgotten is a story of girl who has no recollection of her past whatsoever but for some reason of her future. The problem with this is that the London who wakes up that very morning may have the notes to remind herself to bring; a chemistry book, wear certain clothes and remind herself who she just had a tiff with the day before, but that hardly contributes to letting her know who she really is.
Her personality must be completely on and off some days which is why I'm surprised no one else ever noticed. Thankfully her best friend Jamie and her mother know of her condition so they are always there to keep her to date if she need be. There's a lot that comes with knowing the future too.
Sometimes it's best to not know, to leave things behind but with London she doesn't have that choice. She knows how her life goes, sure, but the problem is she knows how everyone else's goes too which she has dealt with up until she realises Jamie's is going downhill sometime soon. Regarding this I felt like she could have tried harder.
In my opinion she gave up on her way too easily when she should have just told her the truth, it could have saved a lot of drama and pain. Then there's Luke, the new boy in town who instantly brightens up every time he sees her leaving her contemplating if she should know him somehow.
When Luke arrives things only get more complicated as it soon becomes clear that he may know more than he lets on. With Luke lying to her and Jamie avoiding her she feels completely lost and hurt. It's becoming harder to decide who she can and cannot trust. Further more in due time she finds that her own mother may not be all that trustworthy either. With a promising premise I was pretty much sold right away and although a let down I'm glad that I followed through and read it. PROS Regardless of my thoughts on how she handled the whole Jamie thing she does really value her friendship and care for her.
It was good to see how the author focused on their relationship and the ups and downs they went through. At times she took the higher road instead of getting mixed up with mess -- for example; the page situation. Her heart for the most part was in the right place which lead me to realise that I liked London.
She thinks things through. Despite not meeting my expectations I can't say it wasn't an enjoyable read because it was. I read it during my break at college and was practically glued to the book; engaging it is. CONS The ending felt rushed. Throughout the whole book you are anticipating the very moment everything is explained and then when it comes together?
You have the overall conclusion only everything in between is missing. I felt like their relationship could have been more developed. Sure we know they are connected somehow and that they are attracted to each other, but that's the case in any YA book nowadays; I wanted something more from this book, something not so predictable like the new boy in town. The book had a great enough premise where it could have really done without all that.
London had the tendency to not do herself any favours when she purposely left out vital information which puzzled me. With a more well thought out plot and characters this book had the potential to be amazing Well, after reading it, I can now tell you that I thought it was one of the most clever, intriguing, creative books I have ever read.
All of the characters were well written about and entertaining I thought that she was such a strong character, considering everything that she had to deal with and the such. I was so glad she had Luke — a sweet, loyal and swoony guy - by her side. I absolutely loved their relationship, to me they were a perfect match and so well suited. I loved the way Cat Patrick described meeting Luke, the first time and every other. It was like a new experience each time, not just for London, but for me as well! As she described him a bit differently every time focusing on his unwavering gaze, to his obvious ease or his effortless smile.
I had to smile to myself when I came across this short, yet sweet paragraph in the book: I thought I was prepared. This morning, I read months of notes. I flipped through dozens of photos. But Luke in real life is something else. Luke in real life is something no amount of notes could prepare me for. My living, breathing boyfriend is amazing. This made it easy to follow and know who was who. Intriguing, original and brilliantly written Overall, I enjoyed every minute of this book. Apr 13, Amy rated it did not like it Shelves: It was shortly followed by: It was that bad. And it had so much potential.
Really, the only thing I can say right now is: It really did have so much potential.
And you completely ruined it, Cat Patrick. The storyline was so original! But there was just so much stuff so irritate me and want to rip every single page out of this book and burn it. And I do not treat books like that. My books do not have a single dog-eared page, or a single crease in the spine.