Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

unremembered

Publication Date: March 2013

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction

Source: Bought from my Library Book Store

Rating: 2/5 (though all of my reviews are honest, this is my first brutally-honest review, because of this it was hard to write this review without any spoilers, so beware…)

Synopsis:  “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.” (from Goodreads)

The Breakdown:*Sorry, spoilers below*

The Good:  Certain aspects of the future that Brody creates seem very possible a couple hundred years from now, in which scientists can remove certain memories and replace them with others that have been completely fabricated.  There have been medicines available for years now that target different areas of the brain, as well as surgeries that can be done on the brain as well for various issues that someone may have.  If all of these are accessible now, just imagine the possibilities for the future… it’s scary!

There were some awesome concepts thrown into this one.  I would love to be able to save my memories on a USB drive(then I could replay them to my boyfriend when we get into arguments, so I can say “look, you did say/do *whatever thing I want to use against him* lol).  This would be the best recording invention since Dave Chappelle’s Home Stenographer: http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/go8cre/chappelle-s-show-home-stenographer :P.

The Bad:  I didn’t find myself caring about the characters much at all.  Throughout the book we really don’t see much of Sera’s(the MC) personality besides the fact that she is persistent and can get very snippy sometimes.  Many of the characters were one dimensional.  Half way through this could have been a DNFer for me, because I didn’t care about what would happen to the characters, but I really, really wanted to like this book, so I trudged through it, hoping that I would like them more the farther along I went, but that didn’t work out too well for me.

The romance between Zen and Sera weren’t believable for me either.  How can you possibly fall in love with someone when you have no idea who they are the next day, seriously Sera? & Zen, he practically had to teach her about things that were so basic in his life.  Maybe this is just me, but I cannot imagine falling for someone when I have to explain mundane things to them every 5 minutes whenever I’m trying to have a conversation with them.  I really could go on and on about how this just doesn’t seem like a plausible relationship, but I just assumed Zen to be a horney teenage boy and Sera the clueless/beautiful/model-esque type girl.  It was an instalove for them, and that just didn’t work for me.  I really wanted a story that was more than just: I LOVE YOU! We MUST find a way to be together at any cost… (yeah, I did a lot of eye-rolling)

While I do like science fiction, I am extremely iffy when it comes to time travel, and I NEED to know when I am getting into it, so I can mentally prepare myself for the inevitable confusion!!! And the synopsis FAILED to inform me of this bit.  But I may be the only one with this issue, cause looking on Goodreads it does seem like a lot of people are liking this surprise, so I could just be biased.

Although the time travel was a surprise for me, a lot of the other story plots were not.  3/4 of the way through I could already predict what was going to happen, just like those Hallmark movies :/…

Final Thoughts: Unremembered was really not what I was expecting, and not in the good sense of the expression…  The concept of the story and the future that Sera lives in are a great idea, but I think they could have been carried out with more depth and vividness.  With all that being said, I won’t be picking up the rest of the series.

Muse with me: What was your very first memory?  If you could only hold on to one memory for the rest of your life what would it be?  If you’ve read this one, do you agree/disagree with my review?