Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
March 5, 2013
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
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?
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.