The Knowing

The Knowing

by Sharon Cameron


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Samara is one of the Knowing, and the Knowing do not forget. Hidden deep in the comfort and splendor of her underground city, a refuge from the menace of a coming Earth, Samara learns what she should have never known and creates a memory so terrible she cannot live with it. So she flees, to Canaan, the lost city of her ancestors, to Forget.Beckett has flown through the stars to find a dream: Canaan, the most infamous social experiment of Earth's antiquity. Beckett finds Samara in the ruins of the lost city, and uncovers so much more than he ever bargained for — a challenge to all he's ever believed in or sworn to. When planets collide and memories clash, can Samara and Beckett save two worlds, and remember love in a place that has forgotten it? At once thought-provoking and utterly thrilling, this extraordinary companion novel to Sharon Cameron's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling THE FORGETTING explores the truth and loss that lie within memory, and the bonds that hold us together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338281965
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 169,207
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, an Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at

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The Knowing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Samara is one of the Knowing, and the Knowing do not forget. A hundred years ago, Earth lost contact with its colony, New Canaan. In the intervening years, a rigidly hierarchical, no-tech society formed. Samara, one of the Knowing, runs away when she realizes that the Council plans to kill her at the next Judgment. On the way, she encounters newly arrived scouts from a super high-tech Earth, Beckett, and Jillian. 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? Samara and Beck find out more about The Knowing and The Forgetting, and why the Knowing exists. This was really interesting to discover, and I was fascinated by how the author tied The Knowing into The Forgetting. This is an absolutely fantastical tale that illuminates misunderstandings while highlighting characters filled with only good intentions. If you read The Forgetting, then I definitely recommend this book. It’s a companion sequel so it’s not necessary to read The Forgetting before reading The Knowing. But I highly recommend doing so, because you’ll be amazed when you reach the parts in which the author ties the two stories together. I recommend it to people who like futuristic science fiction novels that deal with a new planet. This book will be good for kids of age 11 and above. Madhalasa I, 11, North Texas Mensa
NicFictionAddiction More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness. Do I love these books! The Knowing is a companion to The Forgetting 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, so I want to set your expectations accordingly. But we do still get a few little reminders of their story.) What Fed My Addiction: An exploration of memory. So, just like the first book, this book explores how memories shape our lives, but it comes at the subject from a completely opposite angle. Hundreds of years after the events of The Forgetting, we find that Canaan’s society has completely changed and there is a whole new memory anomaly that seems to have replaced the Forgetting. Now, there is a portion of society who remembers everything—every moment of their lives. In fact, they literally can’t forget. Sounds great, right? Except… not so much. Samara’s struggle with her memories. So, the Knowing (as they call those who don’t forget) have to rely on caching their memories—basically compartmentalizing them and pushing them out of conscious thought unless they’re specifically called to mind. Otherwise, those memories will overtake you. Samara isn’t so great at caching. She’s often thrust headlong into a painful memory at very inconvenient moments. And she doesn’t just remember them, it’s like she’s living them again. Unfortunately, Sam has many painful moments to relive. Her one most desperate wish is to cure herself of Knowing. She sees it as a burden, not a gift. Beckett. Beckett is excited to come to Canaan to explore a dead civilization. He wants to discover history. He never expects to be a part of it. So when his story collides with Sam’s he’s more than a little shocked—and he does it all wrong. Everything he knows he shouldn’t do—he just can’t help himself. I loved Beck. I loved the fact that he was so sure of himself in some areas and so utterly and completely unsure of himself in others. I loved that he had principles and values but that he knew that he didn’t necessarily have all the answers. Discoveries. Throughout the book, we learn how Canaan got from where it was in the first book to the current civilization, 400 years later. How did the Knowing come about? Is the Forgetting still a thing? How did their society become so divided? How many of Canaan’s myths were real? We don’t get answers quickly or all at once, but I think I preferred that way. I enjoyed the mysteries as they unraveled! What Left Me Hungry for More: Bit confusing at first. When you first jump into the book, prepare to be a little confused. The society is much different than you might expect based on The Forgetting (which makes sense, since there’s been a 400 year time jump), and it will take some time to figure out what the heck’s going on. All I can say is, sit back and enjoy the ride! The Knowing takes the concept of The Forgetting and flips it on its ear. Prepare to be led through a twisting maze of history and deception. Oh, and Cameron gives us plenty of fodder for future companions—little hints that could easily lead to future stories (but don’t leave us with loose ends). I’m hoping she writes more!!! I give this one 5/5 Stars! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via ALA Annual in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Raine23611 More than 1 year ago
Amazing story. Love, love, love the characters. As ever, Sharon Cameron is a master at introducing characters with a wide range and depth of emotion. I kind of wish I hadn't read it so fast. I miss Beck and Sam already. A great companion story to The Forgetting, but either book could be read as a standalone novel. Really well done and captivating. Cameron's world building is reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey's (minus the dragons). It's so complete in biology, sociology, geology, etc. that you could almost forget it's completely made up. If you're looking for a YA Fantasy book with just the right mix of fantasy, light sci-fi, a little romance, and dystopia, this (and The Forgetting) is just what the doctor ordered!
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Jenna Grodzicki More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled when I heard there would be a companion novel to The Forgetting, as I absolutely loved that book. I had high expectations for this one, and Sharon Cameron did not disappoint. The Knowing takes place several hundred years after the events in The Forgetting. Canaan has long been abandoned. The remaining residents have created a new city, New Canaan, and are divided into the Knowing and the Outsiders. The Knowing are the privileged ones, never forgetting any moment from their lives. Samara Archiva is one of the Knowing, and she is on the run from the members of the Council. Meanwhile, a contingent from Earth has landed on the planet. When Samara and Beckett (an Earthling) meet, the future of New Canaan and Earth will never be the same. Sharon Cameron has created a novel that is unlike anything I've ever read. 5 enthusiastic thumbs up!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***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 Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: The Forgetting was my favorite book of 2016. I thought it was a standalone, and it was a great one. But when I heard that Cameron was writing a companion sequel, I promptly flipped out. I would have been excited about a sequel (though I didn't think The Forgetting needed one), but a companion sequel was even better news. This novel is set many, many years after Nadia and Grey's story in The Forgetting. (I think it's like, one hundred years or so?) Samara is one of the Knowing, those who cannot forget anything, not even memories from infancy. She lives underground in the city of New Canaan, with the rest of the Knowing. This year is a year of Judgment, which is important to the Knowing. When Samara's best friend is poisoned, Samara must flee for her life. She runs away to the Cursed City, where the old city of Canaan was. But someone else is already there - two someones. Beckett and Jill are the children of two families who have been flying across space from Earth to learn more about the lost city of Canaan. Ships have previously flown to the planet, but the ships never returned. Beckett's parents are interested in studying the culture and remnants, and Jill's parents want to know more about the people. And the Commander has... her own agenda. Beck and Jill weren't supposed to find anything - let alone the Cursed City, and a native. The Knowing are coming for Samara, and those on the Centauri ship are coming for New Canaan. But who will survive? Like all of Cameron's other heroines, Samara was so unique and likable. She is a quiet thinker, very intelligent and very good at hiding her emotions and burying her feelings. This frustrates Beck, because she isn't always open with her thoughts and feelings. Samara hates Knowing and never forgetting, because her memories can be painful and can cause her to have rare episodes of panic and terror. But Samara is so strong and resilient. Her Knowing makes her powerful and complete, despite its debilitation. Beck is one of my favorite YA heroes for this year. He is brave and very intelligent as well, and he is so willing to put himself between danger and Samara. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)