Author: Sharon Cameron
Series: The Forgetting, #2
Publication Date: October 14th, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
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?
Author: Sharon Cameron
Series: The Forgetting, #1
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.
The first book that I read by Sharon Cameron, back before I even had my blog up and running, was The Rook. I thought it was such a great read – I loved the world building, the characters – everything.
So when I saw that Sharon Cameron was coming out with The Forgetting last year, I jumped on picking up a copy and getting lost in that world, too. It was such an amazing read and the characters were great, not to mention how deep the world building was and the plot that just made me fall in love the whole time I was reading.
So of course, when I saw that the next book in The Forgetting series was coming out this year, I was pretty much ecstatic. First off, I have to say, the covers for both of these books are stunning. The whole tree theme is simply beautiful, not to mention the bright colors that really catch your eye and make you want to read the book.
Either way, I’m going to be very vague about my thoughts about The Knowing, because I hate spoiling anything in a book.
The Knowing takes place in the same world as The Forgetting that we have loved in the first book, so anyone who has read the first book will also love this one. It’s just as fast paced and enjoyable, so if you’re worried about the whole “second book slump” that sometimes can happen with the second book in a series, don’t – this one was just as good as the The Forgetting!
I loved getting back into the world that Sharon Cameron created for this series, and I found that it was super easy to pick everything back up, even though it’s been a year since I’ve read the first book. Actually, I think that you could have read this book even if you didn’t read the first one, because it’s crafted in such a way that you aren’t really missing out on too much if you didn’t.
The characters in The Knowing are so deep and well fleshed out and I couldn’t help but love each and every one of them. They were all full of personality. Sharon Cameron really knows how to write her characters so that you can really connect with them, and I love that. It makes the whole reading experience feel more personal and enjoyable.
I highly recommend picking up this book, because it was a fun read, and it’s incredibly different from other books that I’ve been reading lately – it has science fiction themes along with a bit of a mystery, and it’s just so enjoyable. I really loved The Forgetting, and The Knowing was a real treat, too.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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