Series: Forget Tomorrow #1
Also in this series: Remember Yesterday
Published by Entangled Teen on 11/3/15
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing)
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your future self.
It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie's case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.
Forget Tomorrow is an exhilarating new sci-fi dystopian set in a world where everyone knows the future – at least a snippet of it. Callie’s spent her life waiting to turn seventeen so she can see with absolute certainty what she’ll make of herself. This is because, in her society, when a person turns seventeen they receive a memory from their future selves – the memory that Callie’s future self believes will best guide her toward her fate. But Callie’s memory is of something she will do anything to avoid. The question is, can she thwart fate or will all of her actions inevitably end in a tragic result no matter what she does?
What fed my addiction:
- Fate vs. free will. As you can probably guess based on the synopsis, the question of fate versus free will plays a huge role in this book. People in Callie’s society put complete faith in the memory that’s sent to them – it takes a lot of the stress off of people, when they know ahead of time what their future career will be and how they can be successful at it, so everyone thrives. They’ve been told that it’s impossible to change the fate set out for you because you’ve been sent the vision from the future, so that is what will happen. If you get a pleasant vision from the future (as most people do), this is very comforting. But, in some people’s cases, the memory they receive is horrendous – what would you do to avoid doing something terrible or having something terrible happen to you? Is fate truly set in stone, or can it be changed? How far would you be willing to go to change it? Callie faces all of these questions and more. It seems that her only two choices are to resign herself to her fate or live her life in fear of somehow fulfilling it no matter how hard she tries not to – neither of which are options that Callie is satisfied with. The whole question of fate (or future memories) versus free will is enough to make your head spin – and it’s impossible to know how it will all turn out!
- The “villains.” This was the type of story where it was difficult to tell, especially at first who the villains are, or if there even are any villains. Maybe Callie herself is the only villain we need to worry about, and she just needs to overcome the side of herself that would do something terrible. As the book went on, though, certain seemingly well-meaning characters show their true colors, and we begin to piece together what is truly happening in Callie’s society – and the lengths that people will go to for “the greater good.” I found this aspect of the book fascinating and was further drawn in with each new reveal.
- Future stories. Each time I learned an individual’s future story in the book, I was more and more drawn in. I found myself wholly engaged with each character who was fighting their fate, and I was rooting for them all! Callie showed bravery and self-sacrifice, but she wasn’t the only one. This book was filled with characters who were struggling against fate – and not always winning the battle.
- The ending. Throughout a lot of this book, I thought I knew generally where it was heading, but the actual ending was a complete surprise! I can’t wait to see what Dunn decides to do in book #2. (Based on the synopsis, I’m already hooked – but don’t even read the synopsis for the second book until you’ve finished this one!!)
What left me wanting more:
- Bit of instalove. There were reasons that Callie and Logan fell for each other quickly based on their past, but I still couldn’t help but feel like it was still a little too close to instalove. I didn’t feel the connection between these two quite as strongly as I would have liked, but luckily the romance wasn’t the sole (or even most important) focus of the book, so I was okay with that. Logan was a nice diversion for me instead of an epic romance, so that made the parts of the book that focused on the romance move a little slower for me.
Dunn is definitely a debut author to watch – her thoughtful intelligence shines through in her writing. So, now the only question is, how am I supposed to wait for the next one? I give this book 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.