Feb 21, 2013

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Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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March 5, 2013
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

UNREMEMBERED is an exciting mixed genre YA read that will leave you guessing. While the characters leave much to be desired, the mystery surrounding Sera’s life will keep readers interested. I really wish that the characters had been fleshed out more, because this would have been a phenomenal read. Characters are extremely important to the story development in my opinion, but they felt a bit lifeless on the pages. If you’re looking for a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing, UNREMEMBERED brings it full force. Just be prepared for the lack of emotional intensity in the main characters.

Sera took me quite a while to figure out. When the book opens up, she has absolutely no memory whatsoever of her life. I was hooked into the book right away because I was just as curious as Sera as to who she really was and the mysterious circumstances involving her discovery. Unfortunately, it was really hard for me to engage in Sera’s story because she felt so emotionless. While the reason behind that is later explained, I still wasn’t motivated to care about her that much. There is also a love subplot that I felt like was extremely lacking. I didn’t feel the connection between her and the love interest, though they were supposed to be soul mates. It was quite frustrating.

On the other hand, the plot is extremely engaging. I found myself interested in Sera’s origins no matter that I wasn’t a big fan of Sera. Usually if I don’t like the characters in a novel, the whole book is lost on me. But UNREMEMBERED is different in that respect. The mystery was very well-done. I had no idea what to expect or who was behind it all. I couldn’t wait to finally discover what was going on with Sera, and why her memories were completely wiped out. When the pieces finally started to come together, I was overjoyed! Brody is very good at weaving an unpredictable plot thread.

UNREMEMBERED is definitely a book for those who enjoy a mysterious YA with a little sci-fi thrown in for good measure. While there is a lack of character development, the plot is good enough to keep the reader interested. I look forward to more in this trilogy, and I hope that the next book will fix some of my issues with the characters.

My Rating:

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  1. Oh, merk about the characters. (Yes, I just made that word up. But it was the first thing that popped into my brain when I read that!) But I think I’m still into it, especially if the mystery rocks!

  2. I love you review, but I also loved Sera from the start. The mystery aspect of this really appealed to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m sorry you had a hard time connecting with her – I know you really wanted to love this one. :(

    Hopefully the next book will knock your socks off!

  3. Lovely review Bailey! I really enjoyed this one and I think liked Sera far more than you, but you definitely make some good points. I wanted a bit more from the romance as well, but I did like Zen overall, I just didn’t feel like we got to know him as well as I wanted. I have high hopes that we’ll get more from both of them in the next book though:)

  4. That’s really a shame that the characters aren’t fleshed out well since I am big on characters, but I’m glad that the mystery aspect of it is good. I will be reading this one soon. Great review!

  5. I can’t wait for this one to come out, seems super interesting. I’ll remember to keep the characters bit in my mind going into the book.
    Great Review :)

  6. Emotionless characters are so hard to read. :( I’m glad to hear the plot was interesting though. I’ll be reading this one very soon so I’m curious if I’ll have the same type thoughts. Great review! :)

  7. Very engaging sci-fi novel, full of twists but also spiced with romance. I loved the mystery caused by Sera’s complete loss of memory and her not being on the passenger manifest and her DNA being absent from every DNA database in the world, really managed to draw me in. The teenage girl, renamed Violet, finds herself in a foster family that includes her foster brother Cody, one of the most likeable and exciting characters of the novel. Zen, the boy, who claims Sera to have been in love with him, is also a sweet character, protecting Sera from the, to her, unknown world, and helping her to remember him. Sera’s unawareness of the world adds qualities of a newborn exploring the world to her character which I found very enjoyable. The novel’s ending is left open, however overall it ends well and there isn’t much of a cliff-hanger. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a good book with a great plot.

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