Thursday, June 04, 2015

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered by Jessica Brody
The only thing worse than forgetting her past . . . is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Apparently, all I want to read is science fiction these days. After the so-so story in Rush, Unremembered was a welcome surprise! While not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked, this book is still immensely enjoyable and a really easy, fast-paced read. Great for both fans of sci-fi and people like me who claim to hate it, but can't help but be drawn to it. 

The Good
The story was interesting! Much like Sera, you start out the story feeling as if you were dropped into the ocean, with no idea of how you got there or where you're supposed to be going. Brody did a good job of show casing the struggle of an amnesiac, and the longing for those memories that you know must be buried just under the surface. Sera was also a really likable character. It would have been easy to make her into a whiny character, and while she did have her moments of second-guessing herself, once she decided on a course of action, she stuck with it. We didn't get nearly enough Zen in the story, but what we did see of him, I loved. Here's hoping we get more of him in book 2. It's really hard to talk about this book in more detail without spoiling some of the surprises, of which there are a couple. 

The Bad
This book lacked characterization. Other than Sera, Cody, and the brief moments we have of Zen, no one else is really given more than a cursory set of motivations and actions. The book was almost too fast-paced, I found myself wanting it to slow down and give me more. 

Overall, I would recommend this book to my friends, and already have purchased book 2, Unforgotten, and ordered the final book, Unchanged, from Amazon this morning. 

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