Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

May 26, 2013 Review 16 ★★★½

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 320
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Series: Unremembered #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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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UNREMEMBERED is a book in the YA science fiction genre that might be lesser known when compared to similar titles like MILA 2.0 or THE RULES. However, I think this book puts MILA 2.0 in its place.

Sera comes to in the ocean, the only survivor of a plane crash. But when she is taken in for help, no one can seem to find out anything about her. No one knows her name or how she survived, and Sera can’t help either because every single one of her memories are gone.

Jessica Brody really wrote Sera in a way that makes the reader want to root for her. She’s strong, funny, and somewhat innocent because all her knowledge of the world is gone. Sera’s history and background are a mystery to her, so they are a mystery to us.

This book was more along the lines of being three stars until I was blown away by a really interesting plot twist. Although confusing, it only made the story stronger and more entertaining as a whole. I did have to reread some parts because the concept of the plot twist is really intricate, and takes some thought to really appreciate.

The romance was one of the things I did not quite enjoy as much. It wasn’t awful, but nothing was there to make me root for the couple.

The ending was somewhat tied up, the main conflict resolved, but I do know that Brody is planning sequels. And that these sequels will introduce a love triangle. What I do not understand is the fact that people are hating on THIS book because of sequels that haven’t been written yet. Here’s what I had to say about that on Goodreads:

To be honest, I think it’s completely unfair and ridiculous to rate low on THIS book because “the NEXT books will have a love triangle.” Um what. After you just said you loved this book. Some love triangles actually work, so before I go and judge a book that isn’t even out yet I’m not going to get my panties in a bunch and hate on this series. I enjoyed this book so I’m rating it four stars. If I wanted to be an ass I guess I could go and rate every book from every series in the future with a love triangle one star, but I’m not going to judge something that isn’t even written yet. My God. If the second book happens to have a sucky love triangle, then I will rate THAT book low, NOT this one. Sorry, but that just doesn’t make sense to me. /rant

Plus it was ten times better than Mila 2.0 so let’s all bond over that.

Anyway, I recommend this for people who liked the concept of MILA 2.0 but was maybe looking for it to be a little better. I will be reading the sequel.

 
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Overall: 3.7

16 Responses to “Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody”

  1. Daphne

    Ooh, Unremembered has been on my TBR list for a while now. I definitely need to get my hands on it sometime soon! Although I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, I still think it’s ridiculous to judge a book based on something that will take place in its sequel. Loved hearing your thoughts on this one.

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

    • Alise

      Glad you agree, I can’t believe people are that judgmental. I only have liked a few love triangles myself, but who knows-this one could be gold!

  2. Jackie

    Ugh. A bad romance can destroy the book): So glad you didn’t think it was awful though! This has been on my to read list for a while and your review only made me what to read it more! Great job(:
    ~Jackie

    • Alise

      It definitely can. It wasn’t a big part of this book so it wasn’t too bad but it’s still a great book! Thank you!

  3. Kezia D

    I’ve been interested in this book since I loved Jessica Brody’s 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. I think I will like this one too cause I’m a big fan of sci-fi. Aww, it’s really unfair if people judge this book by a love triangle in the NEXT book… Love triangles aren’t always lame, to be honest…

    • Alise

      I know! Some love triangles are so great. People need to give things a chance once in awhile! Ooh, I really want to read 52 Reasons!

  4. Tory

    I have seen so many good reviews on this that it frustrates me that I don’t have a copy of it yet! Too many books, too little time, haha. Oh dear.

    Also, it’s totally ridiculous to rate low on this book just because of something that may or may not be a tragedy in the next book. Preach it, lady!

    • Alise

      “Too many books, too little time” that should definitely be our slogan!

      I agree! Thank you! :)

  5. sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I’m glad you liked this! I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, just like with MILA 2.0, but I really liked it too! I didn’t even realize it was a series til I wrote the review. And I didn’t know about a love triangle coming up… But I can be open-minded about that. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    • Alise

      Yeah, it could be the next Tessa/Jem/Will ;) Mila 2.0 was a little iffy for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed both books!

  6. Aman

    I haven’t read Mila and I wasn’t interested in that either, but I’ve had Unremembered in my tbr because I love mysteries and this one grabbed my attention due to the plane crash storyline. I’m so happy that you loved it and I can’t wait to find that the plot twist you mentioned. Great review, Alise!

    • Alise

      Keep Mila out at Unremembered in ;) Thank you! I really hope you like the book, and the plot twist!

  7. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Wow, I had no idea about the love triangle in the next book(s) — or about the stupid drama surrounding it! I agree with you. Why rate THIS book poorly for something that *might* happen in the next book? How ridiculous. Anyway, yes, I also think this book beat out Mila 2.0! I liked the romance in this one a bit more than you did, but now that I know a love triangle is coming, I’m *very* curious where things will lead. Especially after reading The Memory Coder (short story companion) and of course, knowing that Zenn is basically the only boy she’s ever met… I think?
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Almost Here! (June 2013)

    • Alise

      Exactly, thank you! Oh, there’s a short story? I’ll have to check it out! Yeah, I was thinking that too- he’s the only boy she knows. I’m also very curious about the next book!

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