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{March 4, 2013}   {ARC Review} Unremembered by Jessica Brody

9791892From Goodreads: 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?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.


This novel was a lot of fun to read, and I really enjoyed putting together the mystery surrounding Sera’s existence. She is a very interesting character, and if you’re a lover of the TV series Kyle XY, then I think you’ll really enjoy this novel.  It’s similar, but different in a very big way, and I was floored by the big reveal towards the end of the novel as I realized what had really transpired.

I enjoyed the characterization throughout this novel very much, especially when it comes to Sera and Zen, though I did find the entrance of Sera’s foster brother, Cody, to be a bit strange.  He’s quirky and cute for his age, but I felt like he was able to do a lot more than I expect the average 13 year-old to be able to handle, such as aiding and abetting Sera, helping steal a car, etc.  I also found some of the middle portion of the book to be a little long-winded, focusing on things within the story that I wouldn’t have minded skipping in order to get to the good stuff: the truth about Sera and Zen. But overall, I really enjoyed this story and am eager to learn more.  Brody’s writing style has intrigued me and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.  Four stars.

4 stars

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) have ben extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to it’s release tomorrow, March 5, 2013.


Denise Z says:

I loved Kyle XY and the entire premise of the series and all of the reviews I have read about this intriguing book, this is the first that made me think a little further and want to read it a little more. Unremembered seemed so ambiguous and now seems like a story I would really enjoy. Thank you for sharing with us.

I really had no idea what I was getting in to when I started it, but it’s definitely Kyle XYish, which I think makes it a great sell! It takes a bit to get there, but it’s fun along the way. :)

Dovile says:

I’m into this kingd of sci-fi mysteries, and I enjoyed the first season of Kyle XY, so this one looks really right up my alley. I’ll check it out sometime.

Pabkins says:

Cody does sound older than his age. sometimesI feel authors often get an age wrong. I’ve never seen that tv show.

Never saw Kyle XY, but always wanted to. Sounds like a really good book. I’m excited to read it.

I really liked it, but many did not. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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