Friday, August 2, 2013
Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Science Fiction
My Rating: 3 out of 5
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?
Sera also known as Violet is lost, lonely and has no idea who she is or where she came from. She woke up from a plane wreckage as the only survivor. What's worse is she has no identification whatsoever, with no one claiming her as their family member. There isn't even a record of how she got on the plane! Since no one came for Sera, she is sent to live with a foster family. Everything seemed normal at first, but she soon realized she not so ordinary. For one, she is super duper intelligent and two, she is mighty strong. From there, it kind of clues you in that something is inhuman about her.
Among the chaos of confusion that surrounded her life, Sera stumbles upon a guy named Zen who claims to know her from their past. She has no recollection of him, so she battles with herself debating whether she should trust him or not. The relationship doesn't progress much through out the story. The majority of their romance is shown in flashbacks. Since Sera and Zen weren't madly in love, I felt they were a bit bland together. If the story was a bit longer and detailed, they would be more believable as a couple. I wanted to see more fireworks between them. Only towards the end did I see that.
During the book we meet Cody. Cody is Sera's foster brother. He was cute in a nerdy, protect your little brother kind of way. He also brought out some humor to the story with his sarcastic banter, his babbling mouth, and he had a pretty wild imagination. Cody made the book more lively, a not so serious side, which I gladly enjoyed. I adored the bond that Cody formed with Sera. I honestly hope he comes out in the second novel because he made Sera not be so serious and she was actually was funny.
Overall, this was a good, light hearted summer read. It was short, a little romantic, with a science fiction background. Although I guessed what would happen was correct, there was a twist towards the end that I did not see coming. I loved Jessica's writing style. The words flowed so beautifully keeping me entranced by the story. I hope her next book, Unforgotten is better with more details. I don't want the romance to be bland like some chicken noodle soup. (It has to be more like some spicy tortilla soup, where they can't keep their hands off each other!) She left many unanswered questions that left me kind of hanging. I will continue reading this series though because I want to know what happens to Sera and Zen! Plus, I think there will be more kissing. Have you seen the just released cover of Unforgotten?! Let me show you a picture. It is absolutely beautiful!
Coming February 2014 (Unfortunately we have to wait that long!)