Booklist Reviews 2017 September #2
*Starred Review* In The Forgetting (2016), readers were introduced to Canaan, an experimental colony on another planet, designed to foster a peaceful, technology-free civilization. This companion novel picks up almost 400 years later with two characters—one native, one alien—trying to discover what really happened to those colonists, but for very different reasons. Samara Archiva is one of the Knowing, people of the underground city of New Canaan who vividly remember everything they see or experience. Samara yearns to be free from the curse of remembering, and she believes the key to this lies in the long-abandoned city of Canaan. Elsewhere on the planet, Centauri III has landed with a research team hoping to locate Earth's lost colony, and among them is 18-year-old Beckett Rodriguez. Events throw the teens unceremoniously together, but as they get to know each other—and their respective cultures—an attraction sparks, even as they plunge into increasing danger. Cameron's complex exploration of what it means to live with a lifetime of memories is fascinatingly developed. Chapters alternate between Samara's and Beckett's perspectives, offering insights and observations on the condition of being Knowing and the risk of falling in love when that feeling will be immutable. Both a politically charged adventure and culture study, this thought-provoking dystopia stands firmly on its own. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall
In this companion to The Forgetting, Samara is one of the Knowing, humans on a foreign planet who cannot forget anything. But Samara considers this "punishment" and flees to Canaan "to Forget." Beckett is from Earth, sent to Samara's planet to find the lost colony of Canaan. Their chance meeting and burgeoning attraction lead them to uncover dark secrets of each society in a fast-paced, twisting plot made vivid by enthralling prose. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.