This book caught my eye from the moment I saw the cover, and once I started reading I was quickly drawn into the world. I don't believe I've ever read anything quite like this book. Set in a post apocalyptic London, people can no longer keep hold of their own memories unless they have an object to physically remind them of something important, the written word has been outlawed and forgotten, and the mysterious chimes ring out everyday in the morning, afternoon and night. It is in this world that Simon, who has recently lost both of his parents, travels to London to find...something. Something that he quickly forgets about and instead becomes a member of five rover pact. But forgetting is an easy thing to do in a world where if you don't remember the song to get yourself home, you can become memory-lost, doomed to wander and never remember who you are or what you were doing. It is remembering that is difficult if not impossible, and Simon is soon to learn that he has a gift for remembering the past, and not just his own.
I very much enjoyed being immersed in this world where people speak using a combination of music and a sort of sign language in solfeg. If you love music and know how to speak its language, and you also love to read sci-fi and fantasy, this book is for you! ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams