Unremembered (Unremembered #1)

Unremembered (Unremembered #1)
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March 05, 2013
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0374379912
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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.

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A roller-coaster ride of a story
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Unremembered was a roller coaster ride of a story, and I loved it. I don't even like roller coasters.

Violet's memory loss is done so well. She's still herself, even though she's lost almost all of her memories of herself, her past, and the world around her. The way her memories slowly resurface is compelling, and entirely convincing. Violet is so clearly still herself, despite basically losing her mind, because there is this core part of her that can't be deleted, or removed, or erased. While I don't necessarily believe in the whole idea of a soul as something separate from the mind and body, it was very romantic, and compelling, and added a lot of depth to her character.

The romance between Zen and Violet was simply spectacular. I say this because there wasn't much going on until the end of the book - because the girl lost her memory! Zen wasn't pushy, he wasn't too intense, and he was very patient with Violet/Sera. So very patient. I loved that about their relationship. Zen was willing to help his girl, to wait until she was ready to resume their relationship. This was so well done. I can't wait until the next book when their relationship can be developed further!

The only aspect I was a little wishy-washy on was the genetics. I can't say too much about it, cause spoilers, but I will say that I wasn't entirely convinced by the use of genetics as a cause for some special abilities. And being able to turn those genes on and off? Sounds very cool, but I don't know enough about it to say how believable it was. Overall the sci-fi aspects were interesting and added an exciting and futuristic feel to the whole book.

Overall Unremembered was a thrilling sci-fi mystery that I couldn't put down. I would highly recommend it to fans of Divergent, Across the Universe, Matched, and Under the Never Sky.
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Unremembered has a dull plot despite its exciting premise.
(Updated: July 08, 2013)
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I had been crazy excited for Unremembered ever since I discovered its existence. What really attracted to me about Unremembered was the main character being the lone survivor in a plane wreckage with a definite memory loss. I thought it didn't get any better than that. Only it got worse. I wanted to like Unremembered, I really did. But I just couldn't connect with it. Despite being just over 300 pages long, it took the book more than 250 pages to finally pick up its pace.

Not only that, I felt there was a lot of repetition. It's one thing for Zen to find her but it took more than a few meetings for him to finally say something substantial to her. I know people are lying to her and what not but I wanted to scream at her to believe the guy already. More so when she almost trusts the wrong guy.

I also had a lot of issues with Cody. He's supposed to be this 13-year-old foster brother but he acts like he's Seraphina's age fellow. He drives cars and can apparently leave and come home whenever he pleases. And it doesn't help that he has a bit of an attitude despite his claims that pretty girls tend to look through him. Naturally, there is a lot of talk about the supermodel beauty of Seraphina which I got tired of really fast.

Seraphina is a pretty decent character; she doesn't have a sense of belonging and only a meager amount of clues. She talks in foreign languages without even realizing it and she is this super smart math geek with an urge to count everything around her. However, she lacks depth which could've not been the case. Her thought process is predictable and she isn't memorable at all.

Zen is the love interest and though we only get glimpses of how they fell in love, it is clearly not enough. He doesn't have much of a back story so you really don't get to know him. There's the Sonnet that they just keep repeating throughout the book and the warm feeling Sera gets in between her eyebrows. Their romance is just really unbelievable somehow.

Just when I was about to give up on Unremembered, it decided to get better. The whole mystery was unveiled and while a lot of questions were answered, some are left unanswered. I was quickly awed by the whole mystery of how Sera ends up in the wreckage and who she's running away from.

Honestly, if the whole book could have had more depth, I'd have definitely loved it. I loved how it ended, I finally felt the ohmigodyes feeling right there. And that was the Seraphina I was hoping to read about. So while I'm not giving up on the series, I just hope Unforgotten is way better than Unremembered.
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Unremembered
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The story started out pretty good, but then things got too unbelievable, and I doubt I'll remember "Unremembered" in six months.
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Despite my disappointment with the book, I'm still madly in love with the cover. It's just so pretty. I love the out of focus image!
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Unremembered by Jessica Brody
(Updated: March 29, 2013)
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This was my first encounter with Brody's writing and I was thoroughly impressed. I was shocked as to why I had never picked up anything by her before. Unremembered is a mystery that had me on edge and I was begging by pg 110 to figure out what she really was and where she came from.
There is one lone survivor from the airplane crash from Freedom Flights 121. That one survivor was a 16 year old girl. No one knows where she came from or how she survived. Not even her. She has no idea where she is, who she is, or any details of her life before the crash. Including her name.
The biggest mystery throughout the whole novel is: Who (and what) is this girl? As it unraveled, it left me on edge and biting my fingernails. I was so enthralled in this mystery. And what I loved most about it, was the fact that I didn't guess what she was. I wasn't even close. What she was, was had way more thought in it than what I thought and I enjoyed that.
I also enjoyed that even though there was this huge secret throughout most of the book, when it was finally revealed, there wasn't an info dump. It even felt like some of the questions were unanswered towards the end. (Which is good since it set itself up for a sequel.) It gave just enough info at a time to keep me interested and to keep the plot running smoothly.
The characters were interesting to learn about. (Not including Sera.) Zen was amazing and so sweet. Gah I mean "S+Z=1609" *Swoon* I would give away why that was so important to me, but it would be spoiler-ific lol So, I'll just leave that alone. Then there's Cody. I hated him at first, but then he began to grow on me. After his little confession I understood where he got all the pent up anger and I was glad he let some of it go.
After reading this I still had so many questions running through my head. Like about Maxxer and more about Diotech. Brody sure knows how to keep her readers coming back for more! I can't wait to read the second installment in this gripping sci-fi mystery.
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