Author: Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 320 pages
Opening Sentence: “The water is cold and ruthless, lapping against my cheek.”
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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.
Reading Unremembered by Jessica Brody has brought to my attention how little I read science fiction. Honestly, why don’t I read more of it? Because if it’s anything like this book, I think I’m going to like the genre just fine. Speaking of science fiction, it was quite the surprise for me when I started getting deeper into Unremembered. I don’t know why, but I was convinced this was going to be a contemporary novel, so when they started talking about genetics and memory manipulation I was just like, “Woah, what?”.
Unremembered stood out to me for one huge reason: it kept me on my toes. Every time I thought I knew everything there was a twist or some new element brought in. It sounds almost annoying, I know, but it was really very cool. It kept things exciting and the emotion flowing because Seraphina, after all, knew nothing more than the audience did. (Ah, the beauty of amnesiac characters!) Every piece of information was news to Sera and the person reading. It really makes the reader feel at one with the main character, like they’re going through an experience together.
Sera was an interesting character to follow. I loved that she was an amnesiac but wasn’t portrayed as stupid even though there was a lot she didn’t know. She was still very intelligent, just uncultured. Example: If you were with her and called someone a “jackass” she would most likely assume you mean “donkey” because that’s what the dictionary says. (Then again, “a stupid person” is also in the definitions and Sera would definitely be smart enough to figure out that’s what you meant. Example fail. You get it.) Basically, Sera was something like a walking dictionary and calculator in human form—very, very intelligent but sort of out-of-the-know.
This is my first time reading anything by Jessica Brody and I was thoroughly impressed with Unremembered. I don’t know how it would stand up with a science fiction buff (seeing as I don’t know much about the genre), but I thought it was wonderful and absolutely worth the read. With an interesting story and a huge cliffhanger, I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series and reading more by Jessica Brody.