03 February 2014

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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.

*This is a NR/DNF/mini review*

Unremember made a huge splash when it first entered the blogosphere.  The interesting cover drew my eye, but I wasn't overly enthusiastic about the kind of story that the summary promised.  A plane crash?  Amnesia?  A boy?  (Of course.)  But I was still set on reading it at some point.  When I did, I was disappointed.

Right away, something was lacking.  The writing felt very amateurish, like I was reading a promising first draft.  The writing style didn't seem to fit the story, either.  I was expecting something else, something more ethereal with an edge.  The bland style just left my mind drifting, instead of keeping me engaged.

It's important that I get a sense of the narrator right away, but Unremembered felt like reading a biography and not a first-person account.  Perhaps it's her amnesia?  She certainly came off like a blank slate.  I couldn't get a grip on her, or really start to care about the fact that her entire life was gone from her.  I kept getting the impression that this would have been better as a movie, just from the bit I've read.  Words on paper doesn't seem to be doing it any sort of justice.

I didn't get very far into it.  The writing style and the character could not capture my interest.  Perhaps it would have turned out to be good had I continued reading, but I didn't want to take the time and effort that would be required.

Book Info:
  • pages - hardcover, 320
  • published - February 2013
  • publisher - Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
  • genre - sci-fi
  • received via - library :)
  • rating - no rating
  • series - Unremembered
    • Unremembered
    • Unforgotten
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