Book Review: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

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Title: Forget Tomorrow
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1

Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

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Forget TomorrowForget Tomorrow
Forget Tomorrow #1
Pintip Dunn
Entangled Teen, November 2015
ISBN 978-1633752382
Hardcover

From the publisher—

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 this 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.

When authors choose to write within a certain subgenre, in this case dystopian, the good ones look for a way to make their individual work fresh so that it will stand apart from the crowd. Ms. Dunn’s twist on the theme of how a person’s future will look is new, at least to me, and I appreciate it (while still acknowledging a mild resemblance to the Matched series by Ally Condie). The idea of learning precisely what your future will be from your own future self is an interesting concept, one I found quite intriguing when things go so wrong for Callie.

While the reader can make logical assumptions about why Callie might some day kill her sister, she doesn’t catch on right away and her focus is largely on seeing to it that her purported future doesn’t happen. Unanticipated help from Logan, an old friend before they drifted apart, offers hope of not only a changed future but also an entirely different life free of the oppressive machinations of the powers that be and it’s Callie’s metamorphosis that forms the core of the story.

Forget Tomorrow is purely loaded with all the best aspects of a good dystopian—lots of action and adventure, some believable romance and much intrigue and suspense—and I found it refreshing and unexpected in a number of ways, not the least of which is Callie’s kind of offbeat sense of humor. Nothing can prepare her, though, for the real truth about these future memories and the horror that looms if she doesn’t do what’s needed. Can she? With an ending that’s nothing short of surprising, Ms. Dunn leaves us with much to think about regarding the choices that people make and the second book, Remember Yesterday, is already on my wishlist.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2015.

About the Author

Pintip DunnWhen my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered. I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.

I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I’m a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland.

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