|Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Source: Personal Copy
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound
|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.
Another book I picked up because Brody is part of the Fierce Reads Tour this summer and the blurb had me intrigued too. I’ve mentioned before that I’m drawn to stories where memories are lost so this was good! This book looked interesting and I was going to see the author! And there’s a plane crash! How very Lost-esque. Color me intrigued.
So Seraphina is the only survivor of a plane crash — like the synopsis says — but she’s not on the manifest. No one’s reported her missing. There’s not a scratch on her. And she has no memory. After being in the hospital for a few days and determining that she’s underage, the authorities place her with a family through child protective services. There’s nothing else they can do, right? She’s made the news so people are coming forward for her now, but no one can be truly verified. The only thing that identifies her is a locket that she was wearing when they found her. Dun dun dun. But then — as soon as she’s being taken to her temporary family — a boy comes forward and says that he’s going to save her! Does she know him? She doesn’t know. Of course not, she doesn’t have any memories.
That first paragraph basically describes most of the book because any kind of progress that Seraphina makes is moot because she doesn’t really know if it’s relevant or not, what with the whole memory loss issue. And of course there’s the boy, Zen, whom she instantly loves because of course she does. Why wouldn’t she trust her temp-family more than this boy who randomly shows up every now and then (and is usually followed by trouble)? It’s not like they don’t ignore the fact that she’s familiar with cars and refrigerators but has never heard of the internet or cell phones. Not your typical teenage girl, obviously. Then of course there’s this weird barcode-like tattoo on her wrist that isn’t a tattoo at all. But what is it? She has no idea.
I was frustrated through most of the novel because Seraphina is a very, very, VERY weak female character. Sometimes it’s easy to forgive weak characters if they have attitude or gumption or ANYTHING but Seraphina doesn’t have a personality or much of anything. The only decisions she really makes are bad ones that seem to get her into even more trouble with various different people. And the fact that she seems to care so little for those around her, especially her temp-family who took her in when she had no one else. She pretty much runs all over them and gives them nothing in return. So nice, yes?
It doesn’t seem like I enjoyed this story much does it? Well I didn’t see the plot twist coming at all. Maybe because I was too busy grumbling about how annoying Seraphina was but the reason for her memory loss, for her being in the plane crash, EVERYTHING is pretty cool and different from what’s out there right now. It definitely bumped up the story for me. Once I figured out what was going on, the book moved from possible-DNF status to “I gotta see what happens!” status. I’m glad I finished it even though I didn’t like most of it because the last little bit was fun. It is going to be a series and I probably won’t read the rest of the books but this one wasn’t so bad.