Friday, May 3, 2013

Book Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody


Goodreads summary:

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.


My review:

Unremembered was a bit of a disappointment for me.  I think the best word to describe it is "forgettable," it's just not unique at all.  The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking how cliche and unoriginal it was.  It's been a week since I've read it, and to be honest I've already forgotten most of what happened in it.  (Ironic, I know, considering the title.)

Anyway, I got frustrated with the focus on the romance.  It's another "starcrossed romance" where Seraphina and the love interest (I can't remember his name...) are "destined to be together" and "couldn't ever love anyone else."  I just did not buy it at all.  And I felt like the romance lessened the thrill of the story.  I would've loved to see more action and plot twists, rather than romance.

The plot was a let-down as well.  I was able to predict almost everything that happened.  And I got bored during the first 100 pages or so.  Nothing much happens that's considered thrilling or exciting, besides Seraphina recovering in the hospital from the crash, and then moving to a new home with a foster family.  I wanted waaay more action than what I got.

I also couldn't connect with Seraphina at all.  She just had a bland personality and was so, so, so naive.  This isn't really the author's fault...after all, Seraphina's supposed to be somewhat naive, since she can't remember anything.  But it still made me really annoyed with her.  The only two characters I liked are Seraphina's foster mom and brother.  I thought the mom was genuinely sweet and liked how she tried to understand Seraphina.  And the younger brother (I think he was 13?) was cute and awkward, and I liked that he and Seraphina were able to become friends.

Unremembered was not, by any means, a terrible book.  I know others will enjoy it.  I simply found it to be too predictable, and I just wasn't a fan of the romance or the main character.  I might go ahead and read the sequel when it comes out, just to see what happens.

My rating:  4 out of 10 (2 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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