The Sudden Appearance of Hope

{4.5/5} “I think you have realised that machines don’t forget, even if you do. I want you to listen to the sound of my voice, when I’m gone. My name is Hope. I want you to remember my words. These words are the only part of me that exists. Do not follow. Do not try to find me. Do not forget.”

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North, published in 2016

Hope was a normal person until she reached the age of 16 — then people started to forget her. Eventually people forgot her instantly as soon as they couldn’t see her anymore — even her family. She has turned to a life of crime. Hope gets away with it because everyone forgets her. Everyone around her is using an insidious app called “Perfection” that may hold the key to making her memorable.

It’s another glorious premise followed by a masterful story.

It’s about surviving when life has dealt you an unusual hand. It’s about the dangers of letting a machine rule your life.

I was a tiny bit impatient for a while in the middle, but other than that it was superb.

I’ve read 3 of North’s books. I previously reviewed her novel Touch.

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One Response to “The Sudden Appearance of Hope”

  1. James Says:

    I didn’t like this one as much as the other Claire North books… it didn’t feel like the premise and the plot meshed together all that well. Still a great writer though!

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