Book Review | Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 4:00 AM






Series: Unremembered, # 1
Format: ARC
Source: Traded
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Publication Date: March 5, 2013

 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.


My Thoughts

Unremembered has a very unique and interesting premise, so I was very excited to start reading it.  While it was a good read, it didn't 'WOW' me like I was hoping it would.
 
Unremembered starts off with a girl found floating in the ocean at a plane crash site, a girl who survived the crash when no one else did, a girl who can't remember anything about herself or her life.  I have to say, the first few chapters of this book completely drew me in.  But, as I stated above, this book wasn't what I was hoping for.  Yeah, the premise sounds amazing and the story has so much potential, but I just feel like I wasn't as invested in the characters as I needed to be in order to be in love with this book. 
Yeah, I know it's hard to connect with a main character when they are suffering from amnesia and you have no sense of what kind of person they are, but I have read books where I still cared for the character (Pretty Girl-13 is a good example).  But, as far as this book goes, I just didn't feel a connection with Sera, at all.
Overall, the story was there but it just feel a little flat for me.  Would I have enjoyed it more if I had a connection with any of the characters?  Maybe.  But I'm such a character driven person that if I don't feel something for the characters then the book will almost always fall flat in my eyes. 
As far as my rating goes, it took a while but I finally decided on a 3.  Mostly because of the first part of this book and the fact that I feel this story has promise.  My only hope is that I can get invested in the characters in Unforgotten.




 
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