Saturday, May 25, 2013

Unremembered by Jessica Brody


Published: March 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pages: 320
Copy Provided by: Purchased
Summary: Goodreads

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:
I'm always a little hesitant when an author takes a step outside of the genre you expect them to write.  On the one hand it is exciting to see them try something new.  You probably already enjoy their writing style but on the other hand, you are used to their methods and storyline patterns.  That's how I felt about Jessica Brody's new book - Unremembered. 
 
 
Typically, Jessica is known for a writing style that is comparable to Meg Cabot.  Funny, quirky with a wicked sense of humor and a touch of ridiculousness. Always fun to read.  Unremembered is a much more serious title.  Like going from a comedy to a drama/mystery.  When we are first introduced to Seraphina, she is an amnesia patient who was found as a lone survivor after a plane crash.  However, they can't figure out how she got there.  A mysterious boy keeps showing up in her life and then she begins to discover all sorts of odd and wonderful things about herself.  She is like Supergirl lost.
 
 
**could be a spoiler for some**
If I could make a comparison, it would be like the Lorien Legacy series crossed with The Time Traveller's Wife.  Yes people, this book is really out there.
**end spoiler**
 
I have mixed feelings about this book.  First of all, kudos to Ms. Brody for thinking outside of the box.  Because this was REALLY outside of the box for what I was expecting.  I enjoyed the romance that Seraphina was thrown into (and out of...and back into) but the story was lacking in a way that kept me grounded.  The plotline, though unique did not feel believable.  I am going to keep it on my TBR list but maybe a little further down....not because I loved the plot but because I like the author and I'd like to see if she can pull me back in with book #2.  Take a chance with this one if you like sci-fi and are looking for something different but be prepared.  This is not your typical Jessica Brody novel.  :)
 
 

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