Spoiler-Free Review of The Knowing

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine a world in the far future where every 12 years every person forgets all the details of their existence. This is the Forgetting. Now imagine a world even further where things have changed and now no one can forget. This is the Knowing.

The Knowing is a companion/sequel to The Forgetting but can be read as a stand-alone novel. In The Knowing, we follow Samara, a girl who is one of the Knowing and remembers every moment of her existence. This book takes place roughly 300 years after the events of The Forgetting, and while I wasn't too into it, I still really liked this book. It was hard for me to get into at first because I missed the original characters of The Forgetting, but I eventually got used to it.

I found that this book did a good job expanding on the past events of the world I really enjoyed the easter eggs that it left about the previous book. The story, I found, was a little hard to get into because it seemed a little slow to me, but I think that when the real excitement happens it made up for the duller parts.

The only thing about this book that bugged me was the romance. It starts off with a thing going on between two characters who have known each other for a long time and who have been involved with each other, but then quickly changes to have tension when a third joins the party. While I felt it was a little unnecessary for some of the details regarding this, I do understand why they were put in.

Overall I enjoyed the book for expanding upon a world that I was interested in and going further than we had been shown before, but it did fall short for me when I came to the romance. In the end, I gave it 4/5 stars.


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