Holly B. in NC
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have been excited about this series concept since I first heard about Forget Tomorrow (”FT”) before it was published. I pre-ordered the book (as I did with Remember Yesterday (”RY”)), but I hadn’t yet read it, so this tour came at the perfect time for me to be able to read both books back-to-back. To be honest, I went into them thinking this was a duology and that I’d finish the series with these two, then discovered there is a third one coming out in October 2017! There is also a novella that basically tells the story of FT from Logan’s point of view, out 31 October, so if you love this series, make sure you get your hands on that, too!
A brief summary: RY takes place 10 years after FT, and the main character is Jessa Stone, Callie’s sister, now 16. I really liked Tessa’s character in FT, even though she was only 6 and not on the page too much, so it’s fun to get to see her as a teenager. She has had to live through a whole lot in her 16 short years, including what happened at the end of FT! Jessa was on the run with Logan for 6 years after the events of FT. She has spent the last 4 years living with her new Underground family in Harmony, which is now like a neighborhood of Eden City, following a truce of sorts between ComA and the Underground. Jessa is *very* important to the government, especially to the scientists of TechRA and the villainous Chairwoman Dresden. They are still determined to bring back what they see as the utopia that existed during the time of future memories, and they think Jessa is key, even without her sister around. Obviously Jessa wants nothing to do with Chairwoman Dresden or the scientists, especially not Tanner Callahan, the 16-year-old science genius who, you may remember, is the first person to have received a future memory (or to have figured out how to send future memories, depending on which version of the story you believe).
It was good to see some of the characters from FT, now a decade older, especially Logan, his brother Mikey and Mikey’s wife Angela, and young Ryder, who is now also 16 and is Jessa’s best friend. At the same time, it was kind of fun to get a sequel that is somewhat removed in time from the first part of the story and which focuses on different characters. You don’t see that much in series books (at least not the ones I read!), which tend to lead directly into the next installment. I love the issues of time travel, which also existed in the first book, albeit travel of memories and not physical beings. I’m a sucker for books dealing with time travel, paradoxes, and parallel-timeline worlds being spun off each time we make a decision and choose one path over another. If you worry about being overwhelmed with theories of time travel, though, don’t be concerned; it’s not delved into in quite the same depth I’ve seen in other books and is presented in a fairly straightforward and easy to grasp manner.
While I liked the first book, I rated it at 3.5 stars, because there were times I felt the story dragged, while conversely feeling that I wanted more depth to the characters and more world-building. Then there were some secrets revealed, and the shocking ending, which definitely bumped it up that half-star! With this second book, though, I feel like Ms. Dunn’s writing was more “mature,” and the story held more depth. Also, there was more action in this one, so it read faster for me. I also loved the exploration of the bond between sisters, as I was very close to my own sister until she passed away unexpectedly (and way too soon) almost 9 years ago. It can be a bit of torture to read books about sisters, as it makes me miss her more. At the same time, I find that reading about the sister bond can make me feel closer to her; I guess sometimes it serves as a stand-in since she’s not here with me. So that aspect of the book - Jessa and Callie’s love for each other and their connection to one another that seems never to break - made me very happy, even though it’s bittersweet for me. All that is to say, RY easily earned a 4-star rating from me! It is actually rare for me that I like a second book better than the first, but this is one of those times!
If you enjoyed Forget Tomorrow and are wondering if you should pick up Remember Yesterday, I would absolutely say you should! You’ll want to read about Jessa’s struggle to stay away from Chairwoman Dresden, the government, and the scientists of TechRA. You’ll also want to find out if she continues to hate the “stuck-up” Tanner Callahan, and if he’s really the villain she thinks he is. If you haven’t yet started the series, I do recommend it as having a really unique concept that gets you thinking about whether knowing what you’ll be doing in the future is a blessing or a curse. But know, going in, that it’s a trilogy and not a duology, so you don’t make the same mistake I did :) I’m eagerly awaiting book three now, though, and you will be too after reading these first two books!