Here are the details I remember from the book:

There are five hypothetical levels of magic. The current highest level of magic that has been used is three by a two-three people. This magic isn't widely known among most humans of this world.

The protagonist in the story is a young male who is originally put into some camp where this magic can be made with some sort of technology as a support.

The camp director has a gun-looking thing that s/he believes may allow this magic to work outside of the technology. The protagonist tries it, and I believe ice in jagged shards are launched outwards, so the director considers it to be dangerous.

The camp gets raided, and the protagonist finds out that the magic does work outside of the machines. He gets inducted into this training facility where he can learn how to use his power. He needs to use some kind of stone for his power to work, though. It's not required; it just helps him overcome the mental roadblock.

In the past, his mother was approached by this man who wanted to date her or something. She rejected him and lives with only her son, the protagonist. I think I remember something about spaghetti?

Anyways, the protagonist arrives home to find that his mother's memory has been wiped about him, and she is dating the guy who she had rejected when she remembered the protagonist.

One of the level three people who is part of the training organization says that he will restore the protagonist's mother's memory if the protagonist helps them find the gun-like thing mentioned earlier. (I'm not 100% sure about whether it looked like a gun btw.)

So, they find it, and the level three guy tells the protagonist that they cannot bring back the mother's memories and that the gun-like thing was like the stone thing the protagonist had. It was just for overcoming the mental roadblock. The protagonist drops the helping stone, and in anger, he summons a tornado that catches people from the place he was inducted into and their opponents.

This is level three magic, so the level three guy was impressed. The protagonist chooses to leave the organization, though.

I also remember that the protagonist had a friend in the camp who was also inducted into the organization but chose to stay there at the end unlike the protagonist.

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    You've provided some great detail! Although you've missed one thing that is very helpful, when you read it and when you may think it was published! This helps narrow down the range of years the book may be published in.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Nov 20, 2017 at 6:50
  • Hmm... This was perhaps 4-5 years ago, I think? I am not sure of the publishing date, but it was probably around then. @Edlothiad Commented Nov 20, 2017 at 15:05
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    In this specific instance, I felt the question here was better, but that the answer in the other thread was better. As such, it was pretty much a 50/50 toss-up for me as to which of the two questions should be closed, but I made the judgment call that the comparative content of the answers was more important than the comparative content of the questions. Commented Apr 7 at 4:47
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    Duplicates are not a bad thing, there's no mark against your name to worry about, you won't lose your rep for asking this question. Dupes on story-id questions are just a way to keep track of everything. As LogicDictates says sometimes the direction of the dupe is a bit of a judgement call as to which QA should be the ultimate target. At the end of the day this just to help keep the site neat and tidy
    – fez
    Commented Apr 7 at 9:58
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    Ah, the answer in the other one was certainly more thorough. That makes sense. Commented Apr 7 at 11:03

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I haven't read it, but from descriptions online, this sounds like it could be Spell Robbers (2014) by Matthew J. Kirby.

Excerpts from the page linked above:

Ben is plunged into the secret world of actuation, a little known science that combines physics and imagination to perform unbelievable feats.
He panics when he learns that he's been erased from his mother's memory "for the greater good." The League promises that they'll reverse the process, giving his mother's memories back, if Ben cooperates and helps them retrieve Dr. Hughes' technology.


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