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The Cost of Knowing, by Brittney Morris

ganseylynch's review against another edition

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5.0

I did not know I needed this book in my life so bad until I opened it! This book had a touch of ‘superpowers’ as promised but was primarily filled with themes such as: grief, anxiety, and love. The love between two brothers, prevailing despite all the odds stacked against them. Please, read this book, and acknowledge the larger overall theme: finding power in oneself, when all others might doubt you.

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Y’all, I really tried my damnedest with this book, but it just wasn’t for me. The subject matter is crucial & the relationship between the two MCs is poignant, but the pacing was REALLY bogged down by the rules of magic. Also, the narrator suffers from extreme anxiety, & as someone who struggles with anxiety myself, it was too much. I loved the author’s previous book, Slay, & would def recommend that.

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bookreviewsgr's review

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adventurous emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Ο Alex προσπαθεί να τα βγάλει πέρα με τις βάρδιες στο παγωτατζίδικο που δουλεύει και τη σχέση του με την Talia όταν έχει ένα όραμα για τον επικείμενο θάνατο του μικρού του αδερφού. 
Με τον Alex τώρα σε έναν αγώνα ενάντια στον χρόνο, το θάνατο και τις περιστάσεις, αυτός και ο Isaiah πρέπει να έρθουν αντιμέτωποι με το παρελθόν τους, το μέλλον τους και τι σημαίνει να είσαι νεαρός Μαύρος άντρας στην Αμερική σήμερα. 
Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι αδιανόητα υπέροχο. Όταν πρωτοδιάβασα ότι ο πρωταγωνιστής έχει οράματα είχα τις αμφιβολίες μου κατά πόσο θα μου αρέσει. Δεν τα πάω καλά με τα στοιχεία φαντασίας στις ρεαλιστικές ιστορίες. Εδώ όμως η Morris τα έχει συνδέσει άψογα με την ιστορία που αφηγείται, παρουσιάζοντας ένα εξαιρετικό αποτέλεσμα. 
Δέθηκα με τον Alex από την πρώτη σελίδα κι ας μην έχω βρεθεί ποτέ στη θέση του. Η Morris το έκανε πολύ εύκολο να τον καταλάβω. Επίσης, νομίζω ότι με βοήθησε να κατανοήσω καλύτερα τι συμβαίνει στο μυαλό ενός ατόμου με αγχώδεις διαταραχές και κρίσεις πανικού.  
Αγγίζει τόσα πολλά σημαντικά θέματα με προσοχή, χωρίς να χάνει το ρεαλισμό τους ή να ωραιοποιεί καταστάσεις. Ένα από τα σημεία που μου άρεσαν περισσότερο είναι το από πού προήλθε το όραμά του. Η συγγραφέας έχει κάνει μια υπέροχη σύνδεση κάποιων θεμάτων, που δε θα αναλύσω για να μη σας χαλάσω το βιβλίο, τα οποία δίνουν μια μοναδικότητα και ένα βάθος στην ιστορία. 
Είναι απ' αυτά τα young adult βιβλία που με ευκολία μπορούν να διαβαστούν και από ενήλικες και να τους επηρεάσουν στον τρόπο που βλέπουν τον κόσμο. 

rpadilla's review

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emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

thisisnotastory_graph's review against another edition

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5.0

Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

First off, let's get this out of the way. Slay was incredible. I genuinely couldn't believe it was Morris's debut when I read it.

The Cost of Knowing is so good that it managed to remind me that Slay was a debut.

16-year-old Alex is trying to navigate having a girlfriend, part-time job, his relationship with his aunt and brother, and the expectations of his dead parents. That's all a lot even for kids without magical curses.

Alex sees the future of everything he touches and as a result, does everything he can to keep from touching anything and anyone. it's lead to conflict with his girlfriend and job but luckily he doesn't have to do much to avoid touching his 12-year-old brother Isaiah since he stays in his room most days anyway. When Alex accidentally touches an object that shows him his brothers incoming and unavoidable death, he decide to do everything in his power to do everything in his power to keep his brother as safe and happy as possible for as long as possible. And maybe he'll break a curse around the way.

The way Morris interweaves racial tensions and issues with this book's curse elements and Alex's relationship with all the other characters is stunning. Knowing that Isaiah's probably going to die never once takes away from the growing dread of knowing we must be getting closer and closer to his death, and I loved how everything plays out.

Whether or not you were obsessed with Slay, you need to read this.

blebor6's review

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challenging emotional reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

shaney_swift's review

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dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5


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cynthiasreadinglist's review

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dark emotional inspiring reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

 
In the wake of his parents’ deaths, Alex discovers he’s gained the ability (or curse) to see any object or person’s future with a single touch. The longer the touch, the farther into the future he can see. Now sixteen, Alex has endured the constant assault of visions he is powerless to prevent, including the death of his best friend, Shaun. Alex lives with deep guilt and dread that manifests as debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, isolation, and the refusal to touch anyone. This includes his girlfriend, Talia, for fear of confirming their looming breakup. In his world, Alex not only has to fear the racism that kills Black boys like him and his younger brother, Isaiah, but the consequences of his touch. Even an ordinary photograph can trigger a horrifying prophecy like Isaiah’s impending death. While Alex knows he cannot stop the inevitable, he is determined to break the curse and help Isaiah live out his last days with joy. The Cost of Knowing explores the experiences of young Black men in America, including the weight of feeling like their futures are set in stone and the Black boy joy that is possible despite it all.

This book gripped me from beginning to end. Even though we have an idea of how it ends, Morris did an excellent job of endearing us to the characters and keeping us guessing. I truly felt for Alex--the fear, love, duty and dedication he had for Isaiah and his loved ones. I grew to care for Isaiah too and it was emotional to read, knowing that something unstoppable was coming. This book is about the journey and all the different ways we can take the privilege (and gift) of living and aging for granted. I am so thankful to get to read a story like this. I also deeply appreciated how honest and accurate the portrayal of anxiety was, and the structure of the story, from describing the visions to the repetition of certain scenes helped to construct the sense of impending doom.

An excellent book and wholeheartedly recommend. 

bookisheda's review

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3.0

The Cost Of Knowing is amazing, and not to mention- an emotional read. I love family dynamics-especially between siblings. Morris wrote Alex and Isaiahs relationship perfectly. Brittney Morris is such a talented writer, every scene was flawless! I think Morris' comment; “To all the Black boys who had to grow up too early.” beautifully represents the book, it feels so powerful and meaningful.
Everyone should pick this up on release date, it's such an important novel.

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5.0

I had high expectations for this book and it did NOT let me down. I loved Slay, so I had a strong feeling I would love this one as well. First, can we take a moment to appreciate this glorious cover art. Second, the relationship between Isaiah and Alex was so heartwarming to read. Their interactions were some of my favourite moments throughout the book. This was a powerful book and I can't wait to read everything Brittney Morris ever decides to write in the future.