ARC Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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Unremembered
by Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Source: Publisher
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?


Review

Unremembered starts off with a blank slate. Quite literally. The main character has no idea who she is, her name or how she came to be the lone survivor of a plane crash -- completely unharmed and strikingly beautiful. With so many "memory" books hitting the shelves, I was a little wary that Unremembered would fall victim to the same-old-same overtired plots.

The first eighty or so pages felt that way. A little tedious and a little too easy to solve the mystery surrounding the un-named girl. However, once "part 2" came and after the arrival of a young (very endearing) boy, the book picked up and soared.

The science-fiction elements left me intrigued and enrapt with the main girl's adventure. Why is she so fascinated with numbers? What does 1609 have to do with anything? Why is she so weird? It's all answered. And to my utter enjoyment, I was left pretty stunned by them. It's not to say that Brody creates something entirely original. Instead, she intertwines a plethora of science-fiction tropes that just work so well together in an entirely shocking way -- that is, if you don't see them coming first.

I say this a lot -- but in this case, it's totally true -- going into this book with little idea of what it's about will leave you with a huge pay off. Seriously. I'd advise not even reading the blurb. It's spoiler-ridden. Just go buy the book.

Brody leaves nothing unsolved and yet there's so much left to be explored. Luckily a sequel's in the future. I'll be ready to read it.



A girl who remembers nothing, a boy who remembers almost everything, and answers that'll leave you shocked and itching for more. 

Inbetweener - 25




13 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. My review for it goes up on TYNGA'S REVIEWS tomorrow and I unfortunately can't say the same for myself.

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    1. Oh no! I'll be sure to look out for your review tomorrow. I thought it was really entertaining, but I'm a huge sci-fi fan and tend to be more in awe of the genre and what writers create :)

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  2. I've been curious about this and have heard other good things, too. I'll definitely going to read it, and I'll be sure to take your advice and skip the blurb. I hate when they have spoilers. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. I'm glad you're going to read it!! I think it's one of the more successful "memory" books to date.

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  3. Well this is good to hear! I think I'll be starting this one in a couple days. I tend to double check the synopsis right before reading, but I think I'll take your advice and skip that. Great review!

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  4. I am so super exciting for this book! I've sadly already read the blurb, but I still hope I enjoy this book when my finished copy comes in! Thanks for sharing, Becca!

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  5. Thank goodness you said most of the questions are answered. If the author can answer most of the questions by the end and still leave you wondering about things for a sequel, they've got real talent. I've read 2 books in a series with a question left unanswered and I get so annoyed because I can't focus on the story when I've got this nagging in the back of my head going, AUTHOR, WHY U NO MAKE ME HAPPY WITH ANSWER.

    Also - the cover model, even though it's blurry, she looks like a robot or a genetically altered human person robot thingy. Her eyes look a little big for her face, which makes me a little glad it's not focused. Creepy models on covers always do their job and creep me out. I have to keep them face down on a bookshelf for fear of seeing it in the dark and shrieking. I kid you not, this has happened on more than one occasion. Usually with covers that have eyes on them. SHIVERRRR

    Thanks for sharing your review! I might have to buy this and give it one of those old school paper bag book covers that you would use for text books. Story of my life!

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    1. Lol! The Forest of Hands and Teeth has SUCH a creepy girl on the cover. Truly. That's one that I'd definitely face down on a bookshelf!

      I was really happy that everything was pretty much solved considering it already has the green-light for a trilogy -- which I'm definitely going to read :)

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  6. I hate spoiler-ridden descriptions! I had the same problem with the most recent book I read - Illuminate. I knew exactly who the bad guy was, what the bad guy does, and when the bad guy was going to do it - before I even opened to the first page. Anyways! *stops ranting* Unremembered has me super curious. I want to know what the big secret is!!! I haven't read many lost-memory types so I'm anxious to see what happens in this one.

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    1. If you haven't read many "memory" books then you may really enjoy this one. I haven't read Illuminate, but if I ever get around to it, I'll stay away from the summary :)

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  7. Seriously, you're killing me right now. I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK THIS INSTANT.

    I've been fangirling over it for the last few weeks, with all the news and buz about it. I just can't wait!! And that cover - it needs to be on my shelf if only for that! ;)

    Awesome review - can't wait to see what I think about it!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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  8. Very engaging sci-fi novel, full of twists but also spiced with romance. I loved the mystery caused by Sera’s complete loss of memory and her not being on the passenger manifest and her DNA being absent from every DNA database in the world, really managed to draw me in. The teenage girl, renamed Violet, finds herself in a foster family that includes her foster brother Cody, one of the most likeable and exciting characters of the novel. Zen, the boy, who claims Sera to have been in love with him, is also a sweet character, protecting Sera from the, to her, unknown world, and helping her to remember him. Sera’s unawareness of the world adds qualities of a newborn exploring the world to her character which I found very enjoyable. The novel’s ending is left open, however overall it ends well and there isn’t much of a cliff-hanger. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a good book with a great plot.

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  9. I had to come back and re-read your review. I definitely agree, avoiding the blurb could be beneficial for this one. I honestly read blurbs to add to my TBR and then forget what they are even about when I pick the book up. I like that. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too!

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