Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jen Thoughts: Unremembered by Jessica Brody


Published: March 5, 2013
Farrar, Straus, & Girroux, hardcover, 320pgs
Source: publisher
GoodReads 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.
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?

I didn't expect to enjoy Unremembered as much as I did. Don't you just love it when that happens? I mean, sure I figured it'd be entertaining. I've heard such great things about Jessica Brody, after all. But Unremembered truly blew away my expectations. Let's take all the stuff I love about sci-fi and throw it into one book, shall we? Conspiracy theories, mutated genes, super-humans, aaaand some other stuff that if I mention, integral plot points will be spoiled. I'm not trying to do that to you guys, so just picture me flailing my arms happily and running amok all around my house.

Ever since Across the Universe, I've been drawn to sci-fi like a moth to a flame, and Jessica Brody's tale of Sera, the "amnesiac supermodel," does not disappoint. This girl has been told that she's the sole survivor of a plane crash, yet has absolutely no memory of anything. And there's no record of family, friends, anything. Except this boy who keeps showing up. Oh, yes, he happens to be attractive. And he seems to have this idea that they're soulmates. Does this sound like The Vow to you? Who would turn away Channing Tatum if he claimed to be your husband? No one? Didn't think so. But Sera is frightened by this boy and resistant to him. Star-crossed lovers? THE BEST KIND OF ROMANTIC PAIN. And my heart ached for these two. Honestly, I HURT for them. Unremembered boasts an absolutely beautiful love story. 

Guys, this book has everything. Like Sera, readers are left completely in the dark about her past, her origin, her life. That is, save for a handful of super confusing clues and scary men who show up in dreams. Meaning whatever she knows, we know (HELLO, unreliable narrators.) Not to mention Jessica Brody is pretty fantastic at upping the suspense and we're left with racing minds and "whodunnits" aplenty. But every super-human, government conspiracy YA novel wouldn't be complete without the right amount of lovin', and Sera & Zen's lovin' is sweet like those little confetti cupcakes with buttercream frosting. NOM.

The ending, though? Are you kidding me? I flipped my shiz until I found out there would be a sequel. I really felt cheated for a moment, but Sera & Zen's story will continue. So my heart can go on. But the wait? Damn the wait. 

14 comments:

  1. Star-crossed lovers? Awesome sci-fi? Unreliable narrator? I need this book NOW!

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  2. I can't wait to read this one! I'm a *little* bummed that it's a series, but hopefully I'll be like you and just want more when I finish!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. Like Kristilyn said, I'm a little bummed that this is another series but I'm definitely intrigued!!!

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  4. Definitely a unique concept! It looks really different from Brody's other books, but from your review it sounds like she does it well. Great review!

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  5. Dude I need to hurry and read this one. I didn't realize it was this yummy. I love flailing arms happily over books.

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  6. I want to read this! You made it sound like such a fun, great book, and I love that it's got a sci-fi edge to it. Also, you totally win for mentioning Channing Tatum in this review. That is all.

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  7. This sounds really good! I hadn't heard of it until I read your post, so thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  8. I haven't heard of this book before stopping your sight, and I'm glad I did. This sounds like a good one. Sometimes I can't always handle too much sci-fi but I'm willing to give this one a shot.

    New Follower!

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  9. This is one of my most anticipated 2013 books. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    Your review definitely makes me want to read it even more!!

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  10. This sounds so amazing! I've seen this book pop up on the internets, but I never read the synopsis. Now that I've read your review, I want to read it so badly! Awesome review, although I shall live in torment until the day it is published.

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  11. If only Channing Tatum would show up claiming to be my husband. I mean, lol I love Tony and stuff but um, channing fricken tatum.

    Also. Jessica Brody is the bomb. I loved her book The Karma Club -- so funny and quick and awesome.

    I'll have to check out Unremembered at some point sometime hahaha.

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  12. Awesome review! This review was just as entertaining as I imagine Unremembered to be...if that makes any sense! Abd now I'm totally convinced to read it once it's released :D

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  13. I LOOOVE your review!! I feel like based on what you said, I'll love this book too! "Conspiracy theories, mutated genes, super-humans" -- those are all the things I love in sci-fi too! I can't wait to read this. :D

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