February 28, 2019 by TinyNavajo
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
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*Published June 5, 2018*
This book…this book…this book!!! Oh my gosh! I want to both strangle my friend as well as hug her for recommending this book to me. I love this book…and it makes me want to scream and I’m pretty sure that I did scream at one point and scare my husband because of it.
One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.
Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.
Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.
As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.
Oh holy moses!!! I love this book *groans* it has completely shattered me and I can’t wait to find someone else to read it and commiserate with me about it. This is a book about identity, memory, and what it means to be a person.
Megan, my friend who recommended this book to me, told me that it was her favorite book of last year and that I really really needed to read it because it makes you think. Books that make you think and wax poetically about philosophy are books that are a very special cup of tea for me.
What truly hooked me about this book was that Ory and Max were separated on their journeys and yet their journeys still continued forward. Ory moved forward with trying to find Max after she left their safe base after losing her shadow. We see Max find other shadowless and their journey to New Orleans, we see Ory not only make his way back east to their old home and finds some friends he thought he had lost in the chaos as the world started to destroy itself.
We see how much losing one’s shadow not only hurts the person who has lost their shadow but those that love them. We also see that there is light at the end of the tunnel for some, but for others, the memories are what make a person.
If you truly want a book that will make you care for characters that seem to have lost everything, then I highly recommend you read this book. I need someone in this pit with me to talk about this book!
What do you think makes a person a person? Is it their memories, or is it something else? Comment below and let me know!