Sunday, December 8, 2013

Unremembered by Jessica Brody Review

"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."

I say Jessica Brody did a better job on her vampire series. Because this is just plain weird. And mysterious. And insane.

I tend to stay away from books that involve mind manipulation and memory changes. Why? 1) Are you serious? 2) Characters are infamous for being unstable. (Peeta, That girl from Renegade, etc.) 3) Characters don't always make the right choices, and end up second-guessing themselves. And third-guessing. And so on. 4) Characters will always regain memories in the end of the novel/series. 5) It's a cliche conflict. That is overly used by many authors and many books. It's a good and bad plot device, which tends to be a little too unpredictable/predictable (depending on the way you see it).

It's cute how Seraphina and the boy she loves remain the same. (I forgot the boy's name. Zed...Zan...I can't remember. I know it is something with a Z). Anyway, the romance is pretty hot, but there's barely any chemistry. Chemistry and romance. Yes, romance. No, chemistry. Seraphina and that guy totally love each other, but they don't have chemistry. You know chemistry. Those little words of characters that makes your stomach squeal with endless excitement because you know something major is about to happen. None of that in Unremembered. 

The plot of Unremembered reminds me of a mystery. (Because it is one). It goes forward one square and goes back three. At least all of that happens until Seraphina gets stalked by a whole bunch of goons in suits. (Yep, goons).

The writing of Jessica Brody isn't the best I've seen. Maybe because the main character is emotionally detached. (Definitely because of that). If that's the case, then the author's writing is damn good. The best in writing without emotions until that boy. That boy. That boy shows up. 

Let's see. Seraphina is the perfect girl. Violet eyes, perhaps like Elizabeth Taylor's. Beautiful. Intelligent. Petite. But also emotionally detached until Zed comes in. She's pretty much like a robot, with a soul. (Is that even possible?) The book has a good definition of Seraphina's kind, but I'm going to say that all her body parts (organs, heart, etc.) has been replaced by fake parts. Kind of like the same thing when a soldier loses his leg and gets replaced by a prosthetic one. Except it's for Seraphina's entire body. Including the mind. 

The love interest is also annoying perfect even though he isn't a robot like Seraphina. I wish the author written in some more flaws to make things more interesting. Like a conflict within the couple and a conflict against a mass corporation. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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