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January 7, 2015

Shelley Liked It: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Series: Unremembered # 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Source: Borrowed Library
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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.



Unremembered is a young adult, science fiction story that is filled with love, an evil corporation, conspiracies, and a protagonist who knows nothing of the world she finds herself in. The only apparent survivor of Freedom Airlines Flight 121, 16 year old Seraphina finds that she can't remember anything about her life before the crash. Her memories are gone, she has no idea how she got on the plane, nor how she managed to arrive at the hospital unscathed. She can't even understand the simple things that humans today take for granted like accessing the internet. 

“Forgetting who you are is so much more complicated than simply forgetting your name. It's also forgetting your dreams. Your aspirations. What makes you happy. What you pray you'll never have to live without. It's meeting yourself for the first time, and not being sure of your first impression.”
Struggling to understand her situation, Seraphina's only hope for answers lies with a strange boy, Lyzender, who claims to know her and can save her from those who are searching high and low for her. The key to Sera's past and unlocking her memories may also lie in the locket that she was found wearing. As Seraphina slowly grasps her situation thanks to the help of Zen, her step brother Cody, memory flashbacks, and others with knowledge of the evil corporation who wants her back, Sera realizes that she's more than human, and apparently worth more than gold itself.

What I had fun with was here is a character, Sera, who has no memories at all, but apparently there is something more to her than meets the eye test. She struggles even understanding basic expressions, but can  speak foreign languages, and solve complex math problems. She's super strong, and can run faster than the bionic woman on speed. But, she can't fully grasp the urgency of her situation, or the fact that there are those who want to help her. Then there is the creepy corporation (Diotech) that "created" Sera and those who would kill at the drop of of a hat to protect their investment not caring if she has feelings or not.

Where do I stand on the romance you ask? Clearly in the middle, waiting for more before I am able to give a concise answer. This book takes a chance of having two characters already in love, only to struggle getting back to where they were before Sera's escape. Unfortunately, reading Unremembered after Unforgotten has already been released, kind of spoils things for me. Unremembered ends on a cliffhanger ending, that will role right into Unforgotten. I also know that Brody has added another element to the story, and therefore I am depressed that there is the possibility of a creepy and annoying love triangle.

Unremembered is a fast paced, short novel that isn't anything that hasn't been written before. Other Books to Consider are: False Memory by Dan Krokos, The Rules by Stacey Kade, and Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. Obviously, if you don't care for repetitiveness of creating the perfect human, then you might find yourself enjoying the concepts like Transession and future dimensions. Unremembered is my first adventure into the world of Jessica Brody's writing, and I'm not afraid to say that I will be reading the sequel even though I'm clearly hesitant of the dreaded karma rebound!




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28 comments:

  1. This one sounds fairly unimaginative with so many books about the manufactured human, so I don't think it'd be for me. Great review though Shelley!

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  2. I have to say I'm kinda intrigued. Probably because I haven't read many books with a premise like this. I think I'll see if my library has it. I'm glad you enjoyed it overall, Shelley!

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    1. Thanks! Kind of hoping I can get my hands on book # 2 soon!

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  3. I am not huge on sci fi but I admit this one does sound good and I think I even picked it up when it released.

    Great review!

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  4. Blogger ate my comment :( Sorry if this is double. It sounds a bit similar to a book I've read in the past but I might give this one a shot later on. Great review :)

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    1. Shame on Blogger :( Thanks for reading my review, Lily!

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  5. This is one that I passed on, IDK it just felt like nothing original. I am glad that you found it to be a good read.

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  6. Very strange, I wonder who she is...

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  7. I liked this about the same I think. I wasn't wowed. But I liked it fairly well. I'm not sure if I'll read the next, especially if there's some romance drama. I do like Jessica Brody a lot though as a person (I've met her several times) and I know I'll read her future books (and older books) because of her great sense of humor that I know has to seep in there somewhere. :)

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    1. Hi Candace! Yeah, I'm a bit hesitant as well as I'm not a huge love triangle fan. I do want to see how this trilogy ends.

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  8. I do like the idea of the no memory and the more than meets the eye stuff. I'll have to try this one. Thanks, Shelley!

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  9. Ive only read one JBrody book, My Life Undecided, and it was so funny! I so love her sense of humor... I don't think this is anything like that, I believe you though about wanting to read more books by her. Ill skip her YA fantasies, I would read more of her contemporary ones instead.

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    1. I'm ridiculously in love with reading strange novels. I do hope the sequel is up to my par!

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  10. I was ridiculously impatient with this book! So many secrets and mysteries! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :)

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  11. Great review, Shelly. There seems to be quite a few books along these lines lately. This one sounds interesting.

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  12. I love memory loss stories. They are kind of getting done to death lately but I am cool with it.

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  13. This one sounds like couple of books I have read... I think I'll pass on this one.

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  15. My First venture into Brody's Writing was 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and I absolutely adored the book but Unremembered did not live up to my expectations and while I enjoyed it, it just wasn't as good as I thought it would be!

    It is like a lot of other books I've read too but I can excuse similarity if the book still manages to stand out and this one unfortunately didn't.

    Add into the fact the awkward love triangle in book 2 made me give up on the series. I may finish it some day but not soon. *sigh*

    Fantastic review, Shelley!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Appreciate you taking the time to read it!

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  16. Fast paced with a character easy to like sounds good

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  17. I wasn't a huge fan of this one, but I read it because it's being turned into a movie (last I heard anyway). It had too many holes and inconsistencies in it (that for the life of me, I no longer remember)... I feel like it will translate well to the screen, though.

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