Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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Author: Jessica Brody
Title: Unremembered
Series: Unremembered #1
Release date: 28th of February 2013
Published by: Mcmillan
Imprint: Mcmillan Children’s Books
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Sci-fi
Pages: 320 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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.

Review:

This isn’t really the type of book I usually go for if based solely on the synopsis, but something urged me to give it a try. And, overall, I was quite satisfied with the outcome, mostly because I didn’t know what to expect.

This story was more sci-fi than I initially assumed, not that it’s a bad thing, but sci-fi isn’t really at the top of my liked genres. I did expect some uncommon explanation to Sera’s situation, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that complicated, again, not that it’s a bad things, on the contrary. I definitely didn’t foresee anything similar to the solution of her whole predicament and, thus, it was a pleasant surprise and an interesting theory/direction. The clues were quite nicely introduced, step-by-step, and the twists kept me on the edge of my seat. What I somewhat had trouble with was following all the technical/scientific details on what was going on, they took a moment to figure out in my head.

The first half of the book was really slow and a lot of time was spent of Sere describing her confusion, unfamiliarity with the simplest things, and you can say that the reader learns with Sera. The only problem was that her new knowledge is for the reader the most common and simplest of things. This made me slightly bored, but it was definitely intriguing to read about Sera’s way of understanding of the things around her. The second half, however, didn’t leave me time to catch my breath, it was just that gripping and masterfully done. There was a lot of action and mystery/sci-fi in just the right amounts.

I was very hopeful of the romance, it sounded very promising, but while it was good and Zen and Sera could have been crazy in love before she lost her memories, I didn’t feel it to that extent when they got back together. He was willing to do anything for her, but it all seemed too drastic in the context of the relationship I was shown. I would have liked to see more development between them after Zen found Sera again, but it seems the storyline and action took first priority.

I liked the ending of the story, quite final yet with various possibilities to explore in upcoming books.

Characters:

Let’s just get it over with: I wasn’t too fond of Sera. I guess she is exactly what she is supposed to be, but I couldn’t relate or warm up to her. Her personality was quite flat and while I understand her state in her specific circumstances, I couldn’t enjoy such a heroine. There was nothing wrong with her and she was fine as she was, it’s just that she wasn’t my kind of girl to root for. Sera was, however, very unique. Despite her memories being lost, from reading the story from her perspective you see how she explains, senses and reacts to things, and all those instances make it clear that she is special long before you actually are given all the answers.

Zen was nice guy, heroic, brave and self-sacrificing, but there wasn’t much background information given in regards to him to make him more fleshed out and an interesting person when not only in connection with Sera. But, I liked him and hope for more development for him to be able to really really like him in future books.

I adored Cody, he was a geeky sweetheart!

Overall:

An interesting YA/sci-fi with a surprisingly intense and gripping premise. There is definitely room for improvement, but the basis is solid for a good second book in the series.



3 stars!

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2 comments:

  1. I'm not really into sci-fi, but this one looks intriguing! I'll add it to my evergrowing TBR list!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  2. Oh, there is no pain like a huge TBR list which just keeps growing and growing :( So many books and so little time!

    Glad you decided to give this a chance :)

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