Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Unremembered


Title: Unremembered
Author: Jessica Brodie
Series: Unremembered #1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

 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.


I was super excited to read Unremembered, but in the end, it was a bit of a let-down for me. I remember gushing about the cover when I got it (still love it!), so I guess I had some high expectations.

The biggest problem for me was that the story just wasn't believable. It's hard to explain why without having a heap of spoilers, but there was just too much crazy, unbelievable science going on. THe first major science-y weirdness I was actually okay with. However, when they started dropping hints about another, even less believable scientific breakthrough, I was dismayed. I think I guessed what was going on around page 200 and was absolutely dreading that it would happen for 50 pages until the big reveal. 

The other thing I didn't really buy into was Sera and Zen's love. There's something about Sera falling in love with the first person her own age that she's even met that rubs me the wrong way. I guess it could happen, but I still didn't really believe it.

The story started out pretty good, but then things got too unbelievable, and I doubt I'll remember "Unremembered" in six months.

On the Cover:
Despite my disappointment with the book, I'm still madly in love with the cover. It's just so pretty. I love the out of focus image!

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  1. Another negative review of this book! Can you believe I STILL haven't started it yet? I wonder why! Seriously, though, I think that the cover is gorgeous and I still plan to go in with fresh eyes ... maybe I'll be one of the few who like it?

    Great review, Megan!

  2. Right? I had the same problems with it and also, I had to skip reviewing it because I waited a month to review it and then I didn't remember anything at all. So I guess the title suits it at least. I do remember that a lot of plot happenings made me cock an eyebrow. It's kind of one of those you have to read without using your brain >.<

  3. It's always such a bummer when a book doesn't live up to your expectations. I feel like I might have similar problems with it - the love, the science - so I probably won't bother to pick this one up. I am realizing that I am not particularly a huge fan of memory-loss books either. Thanks for your honest opinion. Too bad the cover is so pretty :) I know they say don't judge a book by its cover but its so hard not to! ;)

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert