Monday, June 10, 2013

book coverARC: 302 pages 
Publisher: MacMillan
Release Date: March 5, 2013
ISBN: 9780374379912
Source of my copy: won from a giveaway
Series: Unremembered #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

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.





I really enjoyed Jessica Brody's My Life Undecided, so I decided to read her latest book Unremembered, which is book one of her newest series. The premise was great but I had a hard time with the beginning--it felt slow and stretched. The story was slow to build up and there was a lot of redundancy in the build up. I was all, "Okay, I get it. She survived a terrible plane crash, lost her memories, and how she survived is a big mystery. Move on already!" Fortunately, the plot picked up pace toward the middle of the book so I was able to keep reading.

Sadly, I was not as impressed by this book as I was by Brody's contemporary novel My Life Undecided. Though there were plot twists here and there, many parts of Unremembered were very easy to predict. The characters were blah as well.

Sera was an enigma at first--she's resourceful, intelligent, and caring but at the same time she was also calculating, logical and incognizant of human emotions. I don't want to give anything away but it was fairly easy to figure out what she was and the "big reveal" wasn't really a revelation to me. Sera's love interest Zen was even more lacking in characterization. He was likeable but had no depth of character--he really had nothing going on for him besides being easy-going and protective. I kept hoping that there was more to him (an interesting back story perhaps? a deep pain he must work through?) but I got nothing. Though Sera and Zen supposed to have a past, instead I got more of an insta-love between them.

The sci-fi elements of Unremembered is not unique in YA and have been explored in a few recently released novels (Mila 2.0, Eve and Adam, Origin) and this novel does not really bring anything new to the table. It was an okay read overall because it did manage to interest me enough that I finished the novel. However, I have no true interest in reading the rest of the series. If you like YA science fiction that is on the lighter side of the sci-fi scale, you might want to consider Unremembered.

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