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{The Knowing: Sharon Cameron}The Knowing by Sharon Cameron
Series: The Forgetting
on August 28, 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

{My thoughts} – Samara is an interesting character. She has lived a majority of her life with an ability called the Knowing. It’s an ability that the individuals of her civilization are told they are born with, they are told they have this ability from birth. It takes her some time but Samara does eventually learn and understand that, that isn’t the case.

Beck is another interesting character. He and his family drop right into Samara’s civilization. They are there to study and learn from it, well, that’s what they were told. Once they are there, they learn it’s not what they’d been told at all.

Their two stories eventually collide with one another and become one story. Once they become the same story things start to get really interesting. Beck makes choices that he knows he shouldn’t as does Samara. In the end they both come to the conclusion that they need to make their choices based on the things that they think are important to them and not based on the things that they have been told are right over and over again.

I really enjoyed reading this book, not as much as the first book in the series, but it was a nice read none the less. I do hope that the author considers adding to the series in the future, I’d love to read about what takes place in Samara and Beck’s future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.