Title: Unremembered (Unremembered #1)
Author: Jessica Brody
Publication: March 5th 2013 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC received by the publisher for an honest review
"The only thing worse than forgetting her past... is remembering it.
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 mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten."
First line: "The water is cold and ruthless, lapping against my cheek."
Thoughts: Jessica Brody has done it again creating not only a clever novel but also a ridiculously addictive one. Thanks to UNREMEMBERED, I'm running on about three hours of sleep. Was it worth it? YEAH IT WAS!
As you can see from the summary, UNREMEMBERED is about a girl who wakes up after surviving a plane crash and doesn't remember a thing. This includes her name, what a television is, foods, etc. The works. It's not until she "meets" a mysterious brown haired, maple eyed boy that she starts questioning who or even what she was and is. Her instincts tell her to not trust this guy but her heart tells her something else. As memories start blazing back, like a fire in the night, she slowly begins to remember that her life isn't an ordinary one.
I'll stop right there. Originally, I thought about using distinct details (including character names) in my review, but I honestly think half the fun in this book is the mystery of it all. It's alluring and what kept me reading. You see, this novel is more than just a book. It's an experience, and I wouldn't want to ruin that for you.
I will talk about how much fun I had reading this book. I loved discovering things with the main character. The details were incredibly well-written and vivid, especially the grilled cheese sandwich scene. I instantly grew hungry just reading it! You start learning things about the character and as you read further on, begin to realize that something just isn't right with her. There's something off and you can't quite point your finger at it but also know it's going to be good. The mystery behind everything will most definitely intrigue you. It'll keep you hooked and reading until the answers slowly unfold and by the time you're gasping for more, the author does the unthinkable.
She leaves you with a cliffhanger...
Needless to say, I'm panting, no DYING for the next book in this fabulous series. UNREMEMBERED is everything I love about a good book. There's mystery, a crazy and kick butt heroine, and a romance you'll be cheering for long before the book ends. I cannot recommend this book enough. Please, I beg you, pick it up as soon as possible so we can discuss it and swoon over it together. You owe this to yourself and will regret it if you don't.
“Forgetting who you are is so much more complicated than simply forgetting your name. It's also forgetting your dreams. Your aspirations. What makes you happy. What you pray you'll never have to live without. It's meeting yourself for the first time, and not being sure of your first impression.”
“The memories that really matter don't live in the mind.”