Unremembered

Zoe N. | October 10, 2013 | Review

Unremembered

Summary:

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....

Review:

Unremembered by Jessica Brody was definitely an enjoyable and overall solid addition to the YA sci-fi genre, and – while certainly not perfect – it definitely seems to have a strong potential as a series, and provided me with an entertaining read nonetheless.

Forgetting who you are is so much more complicated than simply forgetting your name. It’s also forgetting your dreams. Your aspirations. What makes you happy. What you pray you’ll never have to live without. It’s meeting yourself for the first time, and not being sure of your first impression.

Our main character is found in the wreckage of Freedom Airlines Flight 121 – a plane that crashed in the middle of the Pacific – with no found survivors. The catch? After she’s rescued, she realizes she has no memories. Of anything. If that’s not weird enough, than how can you explain the fact that she wasn’t on the passenger list for that flight? Or why her DNA can’t be found in a single database in the world?

Brought into foster care, “Violet” hopes to lead a somewhat normal life; but crippled with abilities she doesn’t understand, an unfamiliar world, how can she? And her only hope may be a mysterious boy who claims he knows her – and that once, they were in love. But can she trust him?

Before it was even revealed, I knew how “Violet” ended up in the plane crash. I knew why she had lost her memories. I knew who that boy was that followed her – and I knew why he kept following her. I knew why her DNA couldn’t be found on any record. I knew why her name wasn’t on the passenger list for Freedom Airlines Flight 121. Now, luckily, despite me being able to figure it out so quickly, that definitely didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story by any means. The story was still entertaining and enthralling – despite it’s predictability.

I imagine it wouldn’t be easy to create a character without memories. Memories are what make us who we are; they include our dreams and our hopes, our aspirations and our thoughts, our prior failures so that we can correct them, our prior successes so we can repeat them. Combine that with trying to make a character realistic and full of personality, and that’s a definite challenge, but I think Jessica Brody nipped that challenge in half.

The romance between Violet and Zen wasn’t something I was completely crazy about because it felt a bit too much like instalove for my liking, but I found it enjoyable nonetheless and it definitely had its moments of strong potential.

Unremembered – while definitely not quite free of faults – is a fairly engaging and entertaining read nonetheless; despite it’s minor faults, and I’d highly recommend it to fans of Mila 2.0, Beta, Eve and Adam, or The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

three-half-stars

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