The Cost of Knowing

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Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.

It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.

And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes.

With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.

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  • Brittney Morris

    My love letter to all the Black men who had to grow up too early....

  • Lauren Lanz

    “To all the Black boys who had to grow up too early.”The dedication above encapsulates this story perfectly. It’s a love letter and a wake up call bundled together in a package both heartbreakin...

  • jenny?

    i have mixed feelings, but one thing's for sure—the love between alex and isaiah hit me so. hard.first, though: can we just take a sec to appreciate this stunning cover art by alvin epps???? thank...

  • Jessica

    TW for death of a loved one, racism, and anxietyThis one is definitely a lot to read and so hard to rate. Ever since his parents died, Alex has been able to see the immediate future of anything he tou...

  • Maddie (Inking & Thinking)

    ⭐️ 3.5 Stars ⭐️ Alex Rufus is trying to do the best he can in his life. He tries to be the best employee, he tries to be the best boyfriend for Talia, and he tries to be the best brother for I...

  • Bookishrealm

    Brittney Morris is determined to screw up my soul and my heart. I knew that this was going to be sad, but I don't think I realized how sad this was truly going to be. 4.5 StarsIn the beginning of The ...

  • Bethany

    DNF at 48%Let me just say that this is not a bad book by any means. I think it is very successful in what it's trying to do, but I wasn't expecting some things that made it difficult for me to continu...

  •   ?????? Shreya ??????

    ~Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~Joy in the face of oppression is its own kind of bravery. My Rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This was my...

  • sol

    this cover makes me remember how much i love men....

  • Marieke du Pr

    It’s okay to be afraid of the future. It’s okay to be anxious. Men get anxious. Men are afraid sometimes.The Cost of Knowing is an incredibly powerful story. It’s about toxic masculinity. It’s...