Series: Unremembered # 1
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux on March 5, 2013
Genres: 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.
This book is perfectly acceptable: it’s entertaining, it’s well-written, and I was never bored. However, I just kind of floated along with the book, never getting my emotions engaged, even during scenes of danger. And when I finished this quick read, I closed it without giving it much additional thought.
I’m going to point out a few character actions that seemed unnatural or inconsistent with the plot and only designed to get the characters to do what Brody needs them to do. NOTE -THESE COMMENTS CONTAIN SPOILERS.
– Kira’s foster brother, Cody, gave her a stolen phone and keys to a car, both of which (especially the phone) are easy to trace. She is supposed to be smart enough to know better.
– We keep hearing about all the intense security at the compound. So how was Zen able to climb the wall without getting caught? When he was found out, the Diotech employees worried about the effect this socializing would have on Sera, so why wasn’t Zen immediately banished? Yes, they needed his mother, but they could have seriously threatened him, or threatened to hurt Sera or his mother, at a minimum, to get him to behave.
– I like the idea of the DNA tracker that functions as a permanent tattoo. But why was it designed to buzz in Sera’s skin when the trackers get close? It seems that if this intelligent tracker could be built, it could be built with a silent mode! The buzzing only benefits Sera and gives her a head-up to take off running. Yes, these close calls with bad men provide some thrills, but it didn’t make much sense.
– Why would Dr. Maxxer allow Cody to come along to find Alixter? And why did Sera encourage it? This put him in great danger for no benefit that I could discern.
– When Alixter pulls the gun on Sera, I kind of laughed. Is that bad? I just pictured it as a clumsy scene from a movie – Rio has the upper hand and then inexplicably hesitates while allowing Alixter to pull his gun out of his pants. It’s described as happening “in a blur,” but it seems hard to believe unless Rio is totally incompetent.
END OF SPOILERS.
My biggest pet peeve with this otherwise enjoyable story is at the end when the villain explains all of his/her dastardly plans to the protagonist. Up until that point, there had been a nice, gradual progression of revelations, and then all of a sudden, the big surprises are released in a flurry. An unfortunate side effect is that all of the chit-chat made the villain seem so much less threatening.
Despite the shortcomings, I would still recommend Unremembered to readers interested in a good science fiction story. The books ends with a nice cliffhanger that makes me want to read the sequel, and I hope that my qualms with this story will be forgotten. (See what I did there?) 🙂