Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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From Goodreads:

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.

 

 

My Thoughts

Originally I was looking up YA releases in 2014, which is where I spied the cover of the second book, Unforgotten. I found out it was the second book in a series and was . . . confused. How had I not heard about this series? I read the summary for this book and new I HAD to give it a read, it sounded too compelling not too. Sadly, I gave it tremendous expectations that it just didn’t live up to, and that KILLED me because I really wanted to love it.

 

I think the main hindrance to my possible admiration for the story comes down to the issue of Sera’s memory loss. I know the whole point of memory loss is that you can’t remember anything (duh, Danica), but it made it so hard for me to really immerse myself into her world when she doesn’t even know her own world.

 

The problem of the memory loss aspect manifested itself most obviously in the relationship between Zen and Sera. I know that their relationship began and built up before Sera’s memories were lost, and that she can’t remember the two of them together, but that means that they were lost for me as the reader, too. There were some snippets of a couple memories of the two of them, but not enough for me to really feel their connection. Which is sad because I feel like  from what little I saw of their relationship, it would’ve been ADORABLE, but there just wasn’t enough established in the story for me to go off of. And some characters sprang up seemingly out of nowhere, which makes sense if Sera knew them before her memory loss–they wouldn’t feel like they needed much introduction–but it left me jilted from the suddenness of their arrival and departure within the story. It all leaves me wondering if the next book will have time for the development of the characters and their relationships.

 

Another part that concerned me was that the story seemed too fast-paced. Not in the way that the story built upon itself and was full of action, but in the way that it felt rushed. For a good first portion of the book, Sera is confused and trying to figure out who she is–an understandable and necessary quest. But once the plot starts to pick up, all of a sudden things are happening too fast and what I thought were important parts of the story were rushed through and then the book was over. I was left wishing that more time had been spent on the meat of the plot and less on Sera’s initial lack of memory.

 

I really enjoyed the overall concept of the book, I just wish there had been more development between Zen and Sera, and that the rising action and climax were given the amount of time within the book that they deserved. And hopefully they’ll all be given the time they deserve in the next book, because I’m pretty sure I’ll read that one when it releases next month–I really do want to know what happens next and my curiosity must be appeased;) It was a good read, it just left me wanting more than I got from it (which really is killing me, slowly): 3/5 stars on this one

 

 

 

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