Series: Unremembered #1
Author: Jessica Brody
Publish date: March 5th 2013 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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?
Okay, so, Unremembered by Jessica Brody didn’t exactly change my life.
I liked it well enough. The book lent itself well to quick reading– I was astonished by how quickly I hit those 50 page increments. I even think that I could have read it in one sitting, but to be perfectly honest, I’ve been pressed for time, and it didn’t ‘hold’ me enough. It was… put-down-able? That sounds AWFUL, but I don’t really mean it as a bad thing. I appreciated that I could set it aside and come back to it easily. Through Jessica Brody’s fabulous writing, I would be quickly swept back into Seraphina’s story when I picked it up again.
And the story is… well, fairly predictable. There was one slight twist that I didn’t predict, but almost everything was pretty easy to call. It put me somewhat in the mind of Mary E. Pearson’s Fox Chronicles– which is to say, it’s stuff that’s sort of been done before.
I hate that this is coming off like a negative review: I liked reading Unremembered. If you need a quick read and don’t mind predictability, I think you should read it. But if you’re expecting a whole lot of uniqueness… don’t.
Goodreads rating: 4 stars.
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“I certainly didn’t expect something like this from an author that, up until now, seemed to specialize in YA contemporary-only novels. I’m impressed.” -Birth of a New Witch