Review: Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1) by Pintip Dunn

forget-tomorrowTitle: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Young Adult Dystopia
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
Forget Tomorrow is a beautifully written book, with decent worldbuilding and some imaginative concepts. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it as I was expecting.

The cover and blurb are what attracted me to purchase a copy of this book while it was on sale. I snapped this beauty up for 99p – thanks, Bookbub. In particular, it was the mention of memory and psychic ability that intrigued me, as I have similar themes in my own dystopian series.

Callie is a believable teen heroine, even if her indecision grated on my nerves at times. Her voice was consistent with her characters age and situation and it was authentic. Can’t say that I overly loved her, but I didn’t hate her either. I’m a bit on the fence.

But I’m not on the fence about Logan! Now, I have a fondness for the name (I have a Logan of my own) but this Logan would happily belong on my book boyfriend list in his own right. He was protective and charming and sweet and kind and self-deprecating and there isn’t a damn thing I can fault about him. Logan made this book for me.

At times, I felt that emotional depth was lacking, and sentiments were expressed that seemed to come out of nowhere. At other times, I skimmed across overly descriptive parts that were redundant. In my opinion, developmental editing could have been stronger to flesh out the characterization and trim the excess.

The world building was a little bit of a conundrum for me. Parts of it were superb – well mapped out and executed but other parts felt underdeveloped (Harmony, for example.) It was very reminiscent of Divergent at the start and when the story shifted to Harmony it reminded me of The Revolution of Ivy, and I had issues with an underdeveloped community in that book too.

That said, there was enough about this book with the whole memory/fate theme to allow it to stand on its own. The plot was decent, if a little slow moving.

The romance was sweet and my only complaint is that I wished for more of it! I definitely ship these two, and I can’t help thinking that there is more to Logan’s memory than he’s letting on.

That ending was fantastic and I wasn’t expecting it. I’m still in shock and hoping all is not as it seems.

One of the standouts was the writing. The prose is stunning and it’s clear that Pintip Dunn can really write. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the words glided effortlessly over the pages of my kindle.

In summary, this was a decent start to what seems to be an intriguing series. However, I did have some issues with plot, characterization, and aspects of the world building that stopped me rating this higher. I look forward to continuing the story in book two.

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