Friday, February 21, 2014
MY THOUGHTS: Unremembered by Jessica Brody
From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes 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.
Young Adult Sci-fi/Mystery Romance
Unremembered Trilogy, #1
March 5, 2013
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers
The only thing worse than forgetting her past...is remembering it.
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?
**About the Author**
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self "publishing" her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin's Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The Fidelity Files, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica's debut young adult novel released in April 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided just recently hit bookstores in June 2011.
52 Reasons To Hate My Father (which was recently optioned for film) was released Summer 2012 and Unremembered (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, was released March 2013.
Jessica's books are published and translated in over twelve foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan.
Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.
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Note: This review contains no spoilers
Unremembered was a very interesting, action-filled and thrilling read! Being a unique young adult novel, Unremembered breaks away from the all too common theme/plot that I find in so many YA novels. I enjoyed Jessica Brody's story intertwining young love with sci-fi. I was definitely intrigued and frustrated with Seraphina's struggle to remember and to find the truth of who she is. I really couldn't put the book down! Every clue Sera found just created more questions in which she still didn't have answers to...or just didn't remember.
With each turn of the page, the mystery of Sera's lost memories intensifies, especially with danger not too far behind, she embarks on a mission to recover her memories...even when the secrets that her memories hold can be devastating. It's already bad enough teenagers have a difficult time finding their own identity, but Sera isn't your everyday normal teenager! The one thing that keeps coming back to her, even when she denies it, is her feelings that she gets when this mysterious boy claiming to know her tries to reveal the truth to her.
As I got further into the book, the story revealed to be more than just a story of a sixteen-year-old girl with amnesia...so much more. Come to find out that there's a reason for the missing memories...and that's a twist that kept me from putting the book down.
Jessica Brody expertly weaved a love story with science and technology into this novel. Being told in Sera's point of view, I "experienced" Sera's frustration and struggle to piece together the puzzle of who and what she is, and those involved in her memories and life. This is one young adult novel that's filled with suspense, mystery and romance all rolled into one sci-fi action-filled adventure that's worth reading! This is just the beginning....I am definitely looking forward to the second book of the Unremembered trilogy!