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The Knowing

(The Forgetting #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,416 ratings  ·  231 reviews
This is a previously published edition of ISBN: 9780545945240.

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
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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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
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

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 happ

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
Karen’s Library
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi
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
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),
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
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 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,
Elizabeth "Liza"
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-oct, arc
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
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
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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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!
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.
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
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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 com
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-arcs, wish-list
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
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin Welsh
Pd. 4/6
Theft of Memory

“Always I thought it would be my Knowing that killed me, when actually, it's going to be this rope.” Wrote Sharon Cameron in her mysterious adventure romance, The Knowing. This book is based in a fantastical world set in the future on a far away planet. It consists of a young teenage girl named Samara who is Knowing, a superior, one who remembers. They remember love, hate, and their first drawn breath, and they replay their memories in their mind, over
Ryn Lewis
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four hundred years after the Forgetting, the citizens of New Canaan have developed a class of people called the Knowing – those who never forget any memory, ever. Chased by the fear of an evil Earth coming to take them home, the Canaanites have buried their city underground, where rigid societal structure keeps everyone in line and banishes the less fortunate to the Outside.

But Earth is returning. Beckett, who has spent his entire life fascinated with the lost colony of Canaan, is finally going
BookChic Club
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this companion sequel to The Forgetting; taking place some time after the events of The Forgetting, a new crazy group has taken over and deluded themselves into thinking they're doing what's right (of course), whatever means necessary. Earthlings have also arrived on the planet and two teen explorers (Beck and Jill) stumble across the ruins of the first colony, and run into Samara. Samara and Beck (with Jill's reluctance) work together to figure each other out and how to save Sa ...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
Yogesh Jain
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
Sam remembers everything, including her days when she was in the womb of her mother and she is not the only one who does that. They are called knowing. The are ruled by council but Sam knows something that she wasn't supposed to know. She knows that the council is lying and hiding something and exploring that is what happens through the book.

This book is not made for all the audience because the phasing is slowing. They show the society as a whole, their troubles, the truth of how people can be
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! It was a good companion to The Forgetting and answered pretty much all of the questions raised at the end of that one. It was interesting to see that everything that happened at the end of that book didn't cause things in their society to be just automatically happy ending, it really transformed into a whole new society with its own problems. I find the storytelling is slow at some parts, and the action didn't really pick up until the second half. But I like the world create ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a pretty good sequel, although I liked the first book better. There was a big time gap between the two, so you don't see characters from the first book, which was kind of a bummer. I did like Sam and Beck, they were cute together. The Knowing sounds way worse than the Forgetting. I definitely wouldn't want to remember every detail of my life. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but once the characters came together and we started to get answers, I liked it more. The technology ea ...more
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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.

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