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The Knowing

(The Forgetting #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,495 ratings  ·  324 reviews
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.

Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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jv poore
Hundreds of years ago, a select group—the brightest, some would say “the best”—humans exited Earth to populate a new planet in pursuit of a better life, for the people and even their habitat, this time. Regression would be the new progression, technology would be eliminated, to a certain extent, of course and mankind and mother nature would blissfully coexist. The socio-economic experiment was a success, but eventually the folks of the Canaan Project stopped responding to their counterparts on E ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
Lovely companion story!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron
Book Two of The Forgetting series
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

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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 secr

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me present you a story where protagonist fails his mission epically by telling a girl secret information he was trusted with and trained professionally not to divulge after first 10 minutes of their acquaintance with the aforementioned girl.

<...>But it's against the rules to tell you this stuff, so don't say anything in fron of Jill, okay? You'll get me in trouble.

Pratogonist: But... but she has pretty eyes and her hair is so wiiild.


Okay guys, here's what happened.


The Girl with the Sagittarius Tattoo
This is a huge notch above the typical YA Sci-Fi series. The Knowing begins several hundred years after the events in The Forgetting. To be honest, there are several events in the timeline gap that I'm still unclear about, but they didn't ultimately hinder my enjoyment.

The Forgetting was about a small city whose citizens suffered an event every twelve years that caused all but a very few to forget everything about their lives: their name, who their family is, what their role in society is. They
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, audio-books
Spoiler free mini review

The Forgetting: 4,00 stars
The Knowing: 3.75 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Super enjoyable with very interesting themes. I did think the first book was slightly better but this was also very interesting, especially that earth actually got there.

I was a bit confused about this book because I thought it would just be the sequel of the first book but it’s more of an companion novel. So in the beginning I didn’t really get who was who and what had happened to the world but
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at page 167. This one stung because I LOVED "The Forgetting". The narrative was fantastic, the characters were people you wanted to root for, and the battle was something you got emotionally connected to.

This? Oh HELL TO THE NO. I tried epically hard to like it, but I couldn't - the concept of being 400 years later was great, but execution is terrible.

Samara as a character is sort of a terrible narrator and as much as I understand her pain of "knowing" (I think? it's not explained well),
Lauren R.
Realllly good. Much like the first one, I was pretty confused at the beginning (and on and off throughout). I like learning about this really insane world and would totally read more books in this companion series. I think Sam and Beck were interesting main characters. I liked that the story felt similar enough to the first book to tie them together but definitely different enough to learn more about Canaan.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this companion to THE FORGETTING so much! It was fascinating to get another look at this world from a new perspective (hundreds of years after Nadia and Gray's time). Being one of the Knowing like Samara would be a fascinating and also terrifying experience, I think. And Beckett's experiences discovering an entirely new planet are also well explored.

I didn't like the Jillian aspect to this story and the way it affected the romance, but I agree that once Beckett saw Samara that was it
Overall Rating : B

"I am one of the Knowing. The privileged. The Special.
What have we done to be punished with this life?"

379 years after the events of The Forgetting, this shows how events can be altered and twisted to fit beliefs and cultures. Even if it started as something completely different.
The sequel wasn't really necessary, and it seemed like there was way to much going on or being unsaid to have an understandable plot. But I did enjoy the characters and their progress and development, w
Karen’s Library
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
I thought The Forgetting was a great original dystopian story, but wow, The Knowing was even better!! This companion book actually takes place in the same world but with a new cast of characters. I can't go into too much detail about who they are without giving away spoilers.

I can say that in The Knowing, Earth sends a ship to Canaan to see what happened to the original lost colonists. Beckett is the young man from earth who is exploring when he comes across Samara, one of the Knowing.

From there
Aj Sterkel
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It’s rare that the second book in a series is better than the first, but I liked this novel even more than The Forgetting! It’s such a unique dystopia. This book takes place several centuries after the first and follows a different set of characters. I loved seeing how the world had changed in that time. I also loved the characters! Unlike in the first book, Beck and Samara have tons of personality. It was helpful to get the perspective of an Earthling and of a Canaan native. I felt like I under ...more
Starry-Eyed Jen
I loved The Forgetting. Like, FIVE STAR loved it. It was so unique and Sharon Cameron is kind of brilliant and it was just so good. So, my expectations for the companion novel were pretty high. Where The Forgetting focused on a civilization that forgot who they were every 12 years, The Knowing takes place centuries later and features a people who cannot forget. They even remember being in the womb. It was quite the opposite story in a lot of ways...but also kind of not. I liked the parallels and ...more
Carina Olsen
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been so excited to read this book for ages now. Because I loved The Forgetting so much. I'm still a bit sad that this wasn't a direct sequel, aw. Instead it was a companion book, set around four hundred years in the future. I had hoped to love this just as much as I loved the first one. But oh, I did not. And I feel so sad.

Don't know where to begin. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed a lot. I loved how it was set in the same place as book one. With a lot of the same things, even
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Oh. My. Goodness. Do I love these books! If you haven’t read my gushing review of The Forgetting, you should go read it. And then come back here and find out why this second book was just as good. The Knowing is a companion to the first book and takes place a few hundred years in the future—so, by this point, Nadia and Gray’s story is ancient history. (If you go in expecting to see more of them, you’ll be disappointed,
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Actual rating: 3.7/5 Stars

Okay, let me just start off by saying how glad I am that Beckette isn’t as dumb as he looks (or sounds); he actually has a some level of common sense (yay!!)... don’t get me wrong, I like him but I just... expected more from a main character.
I was disappointed in this book, or maybe it’s just that I was expecting a lot more because of the first book. I feel like the characters Sam and Beck were very similar to Nadia and Gray (coincidence, I don’t think so).
Other wise,
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


The Knowing, by author Sharon Cameron, is the companion novel to the original The Forgetting. The story actually takes place a hundred years after the original story. It features Samara Archiva and Beckett Rodriguez which means the story alternates between characters. Samara doesn't forget anything, nor does she have to write anything down to remember it like Nadia was told to do. And she isn't the only one. Safe undergr
Pam (YA Escape)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo good! Could not put it down.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: w-2018-audiobook
The Knowing by Sharon Cameron *3.5 stars * 01/19/2018
I am fascinated with memories. For a while, like I mentioned on The Forgetting review, I'm looking for a book with a character with unforgettable memory. Forgetting gave me the opposite, people forgot everything all at once every 6 years. But it was very interesting to see how Nadia and Gray searched for a way to Not forget. When I saw the synopsis of The Knowing, I thought I would finally read the book I wanted about people with unforgettabl
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on memory and its implications on culture and history. If you love dystopia/sci-fi, this is for you!
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Nicole Hathaway
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Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, it was stressful. The characters are typical human/teens who ignore all their training within a few minutes of real world interaction...but, it was fun with a lot of action. The point of view changes chapter by chapter, so you are in the minds of the two main characters. I really loved the first book, this is an interesting companion.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
379 years ago, the people of Canaan left their white city to build New Canaan and get away from the Forgetting. But though Samara and the rest of the Knowing cannot forget anything at all, most of their history is lost, or hidden from them. She is convinced that in Canaan there is a way to Forget, so that she and others don't have to live with the memories that could drive them insane.
Beckett is also looking for Canaan, but he has come all the way from Earth, travelling with his crew mates for m
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Kind of fun to read and a unique idea just like the first book. Some confusing aspects but overall kept my attention.
May 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
So what’s with sequels being absolutely garbage and ruining the first book that was amazing? Because seriously, I’m really getting sick of it.

My opinion is firm in that I believe the characters make or break the book. If your characters are shit, then I don’t care how good your story is. It’s not good enough. This book was a case where it could have been good, the concept was interesting enough, but the characters, among many other things, ruined it.

Let’s start with Samara. She felt so robotic a
Elizabeth "Liza"
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2017-oct
4.5 Stars!

Review and current giveaway (ends 10/22/17): Quite the Novel Idea

Well, that was awesome! I LOVED The Forgetting and I LOVED The Knowing! Oh, you want details, do you? Okay, okay, here we go:

The Knowing starts almost 400 years after the ending of The Forgetting. I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, so read my review if you want to know more about it. Anyway, the Knowing are descendants of the city of Canaan that live underground and do not forget. Ever. It’s amazing, the
Kate Campbell
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe it's over! I loved The Forgetting and was ecstatic when I discovered Sharon Cameron would be writing a companion novel! Both books ended in similar fashion with me trying to hold back my tears. When I attended BookCon this year, I snagged a ticket to an I Read YA signing. Sharon Cameron was one of the authors, signing ARCs of The Knowing for attendees. When I gushed to her that I loved The Forgetting and was beyond excited for this book she let out a little secret that these boo ...more
Bridget Neace
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it

What makes the disappointment of this sequel so much more painful is how very much I loved "The Forgetting." I've read it twice now and enjoyed it just as much the second go-round as I did the first time time. So I was eagerly anticipating this book.


This story takes place about 400 years in the future from the first book and I was frustrated by how much the characters didn't know about the world they were in and how much *I* didn't know, despite having "lived through" (so to
Online Eccentric Librarian
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, ya
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It took awhile for me to get into the Knowing - I had a hard time figuring out where it fit into the timeline and I felt like I had forgotten some key point in the ending to The Forgetting. Eventually, I learned this takes place 400 years in the future and so we won't have the culture or the protagonists from the first book. Instead we have a companion book that takes the theme of the first book and flips them around
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list, owned-arcs
This is definitely more of a 4.5 stars kind of read.

I loved The Forgetting. It was on of my favorite books of 2015. Therefore I was super excited when I heard it was going to have a companion novel where we find out what happens after the events of the first novel. And it was just as interesting a science fiction novel.

I want to start by talking about the world. Because I really loved the world in The Forgetting and I liked it even more here. Now that we know that this is a science fiction serie
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Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. ...more

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