Book Review: Unremembered

Book Review: UnrememberedUnremembered by Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (BYR) on March 5th 2013
Pages: 320
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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.

Unremembered takes readers on an incredible adventure. From a plane crash to memory loss to some crazy scientific elements, Unremembered is a read that will not easily be forgotten.

Unremembered, for the most part, was an extremely pleasing read. Sera (aka Violet) was a strong character, who just wants to know who she is. When she meets the mysterious Zen, the puzzle pieces began to fall into place, but not the way that I expected.

Books with memory loss are really a hit or miss with me. On one side, I love discovering the past that was forgotten. The thrill of wondering what is the deep, dark secret that has been forgotten. On the other side, I am becoming wary of books that have the unveil, then everything just magically falls into place. In more than one way, that was the progression that Unremembered took.

Well, at least with the romance. Sera and Zen have a past. A past that only Zen remembers. As Unremembered progresses, Sera begins to remember some of the memories that she had lost. More than a few involve Zen. My problem with Unremembered is that due to Sera recovering these lost memories, the romance felt shallow. Oh, I enjoyed getting to know these characters as they were. Their history and, to an extent, watching them fall in love. But Unremembered never felt like it went deep enough for me. Something felt missing. And these recovered memories did little to help me fall in love with the romance.

Final Verdict:
Unremembered was really just an okay book for me. There are parts that showed that this book, this series, has a chance at brilliance. But the lack luster romance and even some weird time travel moments did little to endear me to the series at the moment. Will I continue with the series? Maybe. But not without some reservations.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Unremembered

  1. Hello!

    Well, I have heard so much of this book, and many of it are mixed reviews. So I am not sure about it, but I love the idea of memory loss. I only wish that sometimes, the main characater won't remember anything AT ALL. I don't want anything to just start falling into place, just like you said

    Your reader,
    Soma

    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

  2. I like the concept of the book but memory loss issues… I hate how character don't remember anything and then, in the 10 pages, everything comes back!

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