Series: Unremembered #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: February 27, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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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 always love a good memory loss plot, whether it’s due to amnesia or something more sinister. That is what initially drew me to Unremembered. I wanted to follow Seraphina as she discovered who she was, where she came from, and how she lost her memory. At the beginning of the novel, all we know about Seraphina is that she was found at sea after a plane crash. She knows nothing about herself, and can’t remember her family, friends, or anything beyond waking up in the ocean. The mystery, while a little predictable if you paid attention to the clues scattered throughout, was intriguing. Unfortunately, it went exactly where I was expecting it to go, and there were very few – if any – surprises. Unremembered is a very short book, and I think it would have been much more enjoyable and thrilling if it was longer. Due to the short length, it was very fast paced, but it lacked the detail that would have made me really connect with the story. That said, I did enjoy Brody’s use of flashbacks, and the history of what was going on with Seraphina, and the people who were after her, was pretty good. I was completely invested in Seraphina and her journey. It was a lot of fun to discover things about her as she did, like the fact that she spoke Portuguese. I also liked Cody. His growing friendship with Seraphina was kind of adorable, and I am hoping that he shows up in the sequel because I missed him by the end of this book. He’s probably my favourite out of all of the characters, and I hope that Brody has found a way to include him in Unforgotten. I have some ideas of where his story could go, so I could always write some fan fiction if things don’t go the way I want them to! The romance was rather standard, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable. I liked both Seraphina and Zen, and reading about their backstory was great. I feel like there was a lot of build up missing, though, which could have been included if this book was longer. They were cute though, I’ll give them that. The ending of Unremembered is fairly open-ended, but at the same time it would have been a great way to end the novel if Brody hadn’t wanted to make this a trilogy. I’m very excited to read Unforgotten, and to see what Seraphina and Zen get up to next. I wonder what the big issue is going to be next time! What’s even more exciting is that Unforgotten is going to take place in a different setting than Unremembered. I love it when seres mix things up and expand upon their previously established worlds, and the rest of this series has a lot of potential.