April 22, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
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.
Even though they don’t know much about her, the world is fascinated by Seraphina, the girl who was found floating in the water, the sole survivor of a plane crash. The problem? That’s all Sera knows too; she can’t remember who she is or what she was even doing on the plane—if she was on the plane. But unraveling the mystery of her past might be more complicated than she thought. After all, what girl doesn’t know what the internet is, but can prove Goldbach’s conjecture? Sera doesn’t understand modern slang, but can define other words as if she were a walking dictionary; she doesn’t know what an eye roll is (though she plans to try rolling her eyes in front of her mirror later) but she can speak at least 3 languages; and even though she can’t understand exactly what Thousand Island Dressing is, she can total up sums in her head faster than a machine. Her foster parent likens her to a robot, her foster brother prefers to think that she’s an alien supermodel, and then a mysterious boy shows up, claiming to be her soul mate.
As if things weren’t already complicated enough, there’s someone after her. But who are they? And why do they want her?
Jessica Brody became one of my top favorite authors after reading 52 Reasons to Hate My Father last year (Jessica even had her own tag on this site I talk about her so much) so when I heard about Unremembered, I knew I had to read it! I loved unraveling the mystery with Sera; this mystery had so many layers and twists and turns. As soon as you think you have something in the story figured out, you find out that you only have half of the answer. The mystery and suspense is carefully drawn out so that we get new information and surprises with each chapter, all the way up to the end of the book. Speaking of the ending: I loved how Jessica ended this book! I thought the ending was absolutely brilliant. It felt spot-on for the story and I thought it was genius. In fact, I think it deserves a round of applause…from a BUNNY:
The mystery + the ending = clapping bunny brilliant.
Cynical Cindy Says:
I think Jessica’s writing strengths do lie in contemporary/comedy, but she did a great job with a more serious/SciFi story.
All in all, Unremembered was an entirely–wait for it–unforgettable book that I highly recommend!
“Forgetting who you are is so much more complicated than simply forgetting your name. It’s also forgetting your dreams. Your aspirations. What makes you happy. What you pray you’ll never have to live without. It’s meeting yourself for the first time, and not being sure of your first impression.”
4 out of 5 teacups
Have you read Unremembered? If so, what did you think of it?