Series: Unremembered #1
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar Struas Giroux
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Genre: YA; Sci-Fy; Romance; Mystery
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?
My Thoughts and Reflection:
I picked this book up at my old library a couple of days ago. I had just renewed my library card and hand't seen their new addition space yet. Needless to say, the library is even more beautiful than it was before. So of course, in my excitement, I had to grab some books. I had a little more time to browse than I sometimes do, and when I saw this title I knew I had to check it out.
Unremembered has sort of been on my radar since it was released, but I'd never gotten around to buying a copy or borrowing it from any library.
The night I cracked it open I had just finished one of my books for school and was feeling slightly burned out. I planned on only reading a few pages to determine if it was worth my time, but the next thing I knew I was half way through the book!
Unremembered was utterly addicting. I was fascinated by the story world, sucked in by the mystery and the funny characters. Jessica Brody spent a lot of time making even the details stand out; that's why I remember the distinct personality of the nurse that Seraphina has at the very beginning of the book.
It's hard a first to really get Seraphina as a protagonist, because she doesn't even know herself. However, as she goes about the book and has some self discovery, the reader picks up along the way too. I liked Seraphina as a character, because despite her nativity and lack of social grace she never was completely stupid or ignorant in any situation. She was always observing, and that made her feel much more realistic.
The plot of this book focuses mostly on dissevering who Seraphina is, and eventually we come to realize that it's not what we thought at all. I was impressed by the science aspect and how surprised I was as the book was concluding. I also liked how even though this book was sort of centered around romance, it wasn't at the same time. It was very balanced.
The ending was a cliffhanger of sorts, but not at all unsatisfying. I immediately requested the sequel from the library though!
This riveting piece of science fiction will appeal to mystery lovers and romantics alike; keeping everyone on the edge of their seats as you travel on a journey with Seraphina and Jessica Brody.
Dust Jacket Ramblings:
I like the symbolism in the cover of this book; the blurry face of the girl representing the loss of her memories (including who she was). I like that the title script incorporated some of the science aspects of the book. This cover was far from incredible, but it was very fitting to the story.