The Great Forgetting

The Great Forgetting

Book - 2015
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Jack Felter, a history teacher, returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills, Ohio, to care for his father, a retired pilot who suffers from dementia and is quickly losing his memory. Jack would love to forget about Franklin Mills, and about Sam, the girl he fell in love with, who ran off with his best friend, Tony. Except Tony has gone missing. Soon Jack is pulled into the search for Tony, but the only one who seems to know anything is Tony's last patient, a paranoid boy named Cole. Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony's trail-and maybe save the world. Their journey will lead them to Manhattan and secret facilities buried under the Catskills, and eventually to a forgotten island in the Pacific-the final destination of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. When Jack learns the details about the program known as the Great Forgetting, he's faced with the timeless question: Is it better to forget our greatest mistake or to remember, so it's never repeated?
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374298791
0374298793
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm

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JackPurcell
May 28, 2016

Suppose all these conspiracy theories are right? Or 'sort of' right, anyway, as part of a larger conspiracy.

The book is well-plotted in a lot of ways, and difficult, lousy, hard to follow in others. Similar to the reality it attempts to bring the reader into.

Worthy job creating characters, interesting treatment of the setting and concepts where an entirely new and different 'time travel' emerges.

Well worth the read for anyone who reads it and comes out thinking it was.

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ctpete
Nov 23, 2015

This was a very difficult book to rate. I like James Renner's writing and his ideas are fabulous (in both meanings of the word: 1.almost impossible to believe; incredible; 2. Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb) but this was over the top for me, especially at the end. The use and misuse of current events is intriguing.

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