Weekend Reads #97 – Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Posted September 9, 2017 by Lillian in Reviews / 1 Comment

Happy Saturday y’all! Earlier this week I started reading a new-to-me series and wound up binging the entire thing in three days. Yep, 1200 pages in three days. It was worth the no sleep 😀 I love a good sci-fi dystopia and Forget Tomorrow is just that. There’s a little bit of everything in the book as well: time travel, psychic abilities, romance, and of course rebellion. I couldn’t sit them down! I highly recommend that if you enjoy sci-fi, you grab a copy of this series and prepare to binge!

Please note: The following reviews are in order of book release. If you haven’t read book one, I recommend only reading my review for that book to minimize risk of spoilers 😀

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Weekend Reads #97 – Forget Tomorrow by Pintip DunnForget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1
Published by Entangled: Teen on 2015-11-03
Length: 400 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2017, 2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge

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 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 the hellish prison.

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 by Pintip Dunn is the first in a trilogy of books about a world in which our future is certain and every decision is based on the memories of that future. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read, though I’ll admit it reminds me a little of the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, full of twists and turns right to the last word.

The book opens on Callie Stone’s Memory Eve. The next day her life will change. She will turn 17 and receive her future memory. Every person in this society receives their memory and it determines the path their life will take. Jobs are based on it, going to a good university is based on it. Everything in your life is based on this snippet from the future. So naturally Callie is nervous. I would be too. Her memory is horrid. She sees herself killing her little sister.

I like Callie. She is a fierce character who refuses to give up and believe that her destiny is to kill the person she loves most. She fights her fate. She loves with her whole heart. Her downfall though is her secrecy. She doesn’t trust many people. Her sister is special and she has to protect her. Callie has spent her life protecting her and keeping others at a distance. Old habits are hard to break.

Logan is perfect. I loved him from the moment Callie began remembering him. He’s kind, loyal to a fault, and will do anything for the girl who loves sunshine. But he has a big secret, one I had guessed before Callie realized it. It made me love him more. And the leaves….*swoon*

The plot of the story revolves around Callie and her future memory. Her future has been torn from her and everything she’s dreamed of doing is gone. There’s only one thing she can do, and that’s run from her fate, get as far as she can from her sister and then she can’t kill her. However it’s never that easy. The more Callie learns about her world, the more she realizes that sometimes the future can’t be changed. I loved the world-building! This futuristic society mixed with the Underground (a secret rebellion) and the wilderness community Harmony made for an exciting, fresh read.

Overall I really enjoyed Forget Tomorrow. I couldn’t sit it down and finished it in one sitting. Callie’s story hooked me from the first word and left me reeling at the end. The romance was sweet and swoon-worthy without overshadowing the dystopian/sci-fi plot. If you enjoy dystopia, I highly recommend you grab a copy and make some time to read it one go because you won’t want to sit it down either 😉

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Weekend Reads #97 – Forget Tomorrow by Pintip DunnRemember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #2
Published by Entangled: Teen on 2016-10-04
Length: 400 pages
from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2017, 2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge

Would you change the past to protect your future?

Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made a decade earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

I loved Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn! It was a thrilling read from start to finish. The way the author told the story and brought it basically full circle had me like:

It was perfect!!! Set ten years after Forget Tomorrow, this book follows Jessa Stone in a world without her sister.

I loved Jessa! She is such a relatable character. It was easy to put myself in her shoes and empathize with her feelings, her struggles, her hopes and dreams. She was the sister who was supposed to die. Everyone remembers Callie and her sacrifice. No one remembers that as much as Jessa, who was only six when she witnessed her sister kill herself to stop the future: a future of genocide. Jessa is reckless, an adrenaline junkie with no plans for her future. She wanders aimlessly and misses her sister, her other half every day, every moment.

The world looks different than the one Callie changed. There are no more future memories and those that received them have either forgotten them or cling to them in the hopes they will still come to fruition. Logan is one of those that clings. Callie was in his vision and he hopes daily that she somehow survived. The Harmony commune and the Underground signed a treaty with ComA to return to civilization IF they would keep silent on why they left in the first place. No one in society knows what was done to those that received criminal memories. No one knows what Callie sacrificed, except those that loved her. Jessa will never forget.

Tanner Callahan, the Father of Future Memories, is just a teen like Jessa in this book. His discovery hasn’t happened yet and thanks to Callie, Jessa and the Underground hope it never will. But Tanner isn’t all he seems. My heart broke over and over for this lost boy. An orphan, raised by TechRa (the scientists), his life is nothing like Jessa thought it was and I just can’t even talk about it.

Jessa and Tanner’s relationship is perfect. I love how the author built a foundation for their romance before jumping into the teen lust. In fact, I may have liked Jessa and Tanner more than Logan and Callie. It was different, steamier but sweeter as they understand each other like no one else can.

The time travel aspect of this novel was what I was hoping for in Forget Tomorrow. I won’t go to into detail as I don’t want to spoil the story, but I will say it’s great! It answers some questions the series brought up with Callie’s sacrifice.

Overall I loved this book!!! Have I said that already ? Jessa and Tanner make an interesting couple and the twists that the author throws at us in this book….seriously, I have heart palpitations! If you enjoyed the first book of the series or you enjoy sci-fi/dystopia, I highly recommend you grab a copy. It doesn’t disappoint!

Weekend Reads #97 – Forget Tomorrow by Pintip DunnSeize Today by Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #3
Published by Entangled: Teen on 2017-10-03
Length: 300 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2017, 2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge, 2017 New Release Challenge

Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people's futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn't have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder's help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn is an amazing end to a thrilling series! This time the story revolves around Olivia Dresden, the world’s only true precognitive and picks up about 6 months after the end of Remember Yesterday. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about switching POV again as I loved Jessa’s story, but I think I may have enjoyed Olivia more.

Olivia is a broken, lost character. Unlike Callie and Jessa, Olivia has had a horrible upbringing. How could she not?! Chairwoman Dresden is her mother *shivers* Yet she always chooses to believe the best in everyone. She sees all possible futures, all the timelines at one time when she reaches into one person’s future. It can be overwhelming and she asked to be secluded after Callie’s sacrifice in Forget Tomorrow. For 10 years she lived alone. Now she’s back in the world thanks to Jessa. She’s trying to fight the future that has haunted her most of her life. She’s an optimist and realist, all rolled into one.

Then there’s Ryder, Mikey’s adopted son and Jessa’s best friend. I’m not sure how I felt about him here. He’s very closed off and distrustful, though I don’t blame him in the slightest when you know why he was sent to Harmony in the first place. His backstory breaks my heart! Yet unlike the risk-taking, fun-loving, loyal friend from Remember Yesterday, Ryder is actually mean at times and his actions contradict his words. I hated, really hated the difference in his friendship with Jessa. I understand why he was so angry with her, but I wanted to throttle the stubborn boy at the same time.

Together, I loved Olivia and Ryder. Their relationship was either of the first two explored in the series. Olivia is the enemy in Ryder’s eyes, and Ryder’s future memory makes him Olivia’s enemy, though it’s the last thing she wants. I enjoyed reading as their opinion of one another changes and the relationship begins to bud. It’s achingly sweet and tenuous.

The series arc comes to a head in this final book. I loved how the loose ends and answers are tied up. The timeline is starting to unravel, and Jessa, Olivia, and Callie have to figure out why and stop it. If they can’t stop it, then they have to find a way to save those they care for. It’s exciting and suspenseful, and I found myself engrossed right to the last page. A warning though: if you don’t enjoy sci-fi, then you may not enjoy this final installment of the series. Unlike the first two books, Seize Today goes more into the science behind precog, future memory, time travel, and alternate dimensions. I enjoyed it, but I also love sci-fi.

Overall I really enjoyed this series. I felt the author did a fantastic job in concluding the series. My only complaint about this book (and it is why I dropped it from 5 to 4 stars) is the end. It felt rushed. A lot happens….I do mean A LOT! And then the book just ends. It’s an appropriate ending, but I do wish there was a little bit more of a resolution after the climax. Instead there’s an epilogue which I felt was appropriate but I also felt let down in a way. Note that this is only my opinion. It was still a fantastic read! If you’ve enjoyed the series so far, enjoy dystopia and time travel, I highly recommend you grab a copy ASAP!

About Pintip Dunn

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She 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.

Pintip's debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com

Well it’s the second Saturday of the month so it’s time to announce the winning book for September. Thank you to all that voted! The book I’ll be reading from my TBR shelf this month is….

I’m really excited to read Six of Crows. I’ve never read anything by this author so I’m excited to dive in. I’ve heard great things about her 😀 Check back on the last Saturday of the month for my review.

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