Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books
Number of pages: 303
Series: Unremembered (1#)
Source: Paperback borrowed. In no way was my opinion influenced.
Goodreads synopsis: A catastrophic plan crash leaves one survivor: a girl with no memory.
Who is she?
Where does she come from?
Nobody knows and no one comes forward to claim her.
Haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember and plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, she struggles to recall who she is. But every clue leads to more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a boy who claims they were once in love.
Alone and on the run, who should she trust? And what if she discovers that she is safer with a past that stays unremembered?
To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure how Jessica Brody was going to pull this off. A character losing their memory isn’t exactly an underdone topic and the few books I have read with this sort of situation have been extremely predictable and dull. But ladies and gentleman – she did it! Unremembered had me guessing, there were subtle hints and new ideas presented all over the story!
I liked Sera as a character because she made the story seem believable and her actions were quite understandable for someone who lost their memories. I liked the way that she began to get her memories back gradually in small doses instead of all at once. All the characters were great and well described, which made them easy to visualise and likeable.
Unfortunately, I can’t give this book five stars. I felt though while the first and last third of the book were fantastic, I kind of got a bit bored in the middle. Like I mentioned previously, an amnesiac protagonist isn’t underdone and I couldn’t find a unique enough quality that separated it a lot from other books of the sort apart from why she had lost her memory. There were enough little new ideas (I’d you will) that I really enjoyed but just not enough.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an entertaining fast read. I would recommend this to YA readers and older who want a really great fun read. I can’t wait for the sequel be released, the synopsis in the back of the book sounds great!
In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) THE FIDELITY FILES, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the the follow-up, LOVE UNDER COVER in November 2009. THE KARMA CLUB, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, MY LIFE UNDECIDED just recently hit bookstores in June 2011.
52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER (which was recently optioned for film) will be out in Summer 2012 and UNREMEMBERED, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in early 2013.
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twelve foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan.
Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.
15 Random (and often embarrassing) Facts about Jessica:
1. She loves bananas but hates anything banana flavored.
2. She’s squemish about bones and belly buttons.
3. She’s always secretly wanted to be a member of the Spice Girls.
4. She doesn’t like it when vegetables try to pass themselves off as dessert. (“Carrot Cake? Seriously? You’re not fooling anyone!”)
5. The first book she learned to read was Go Dog Go at age 2, although technically she probably just memorized it.
6. She can’t whistle. (And no, it’s not as simple as just putting your lips together and blowing).
7. She’s allergic to avocado (a fact that she hates because she loves guacamole!)
8. Her favorite movie to quote is the movie, Arthur starring Dudley Moore. (“Bitterman, drive through the park. You know how I love the park.”)
9. She’s always had a strange obsession with the scanners at supermarket registers and now never misses an opportunity to use the self check-out lanes so she can scan her own food.
10. She loves speaking in a British accent, much to the annoyance of everyone around her.
11. She’s always hating doing anything athletic and used to hide behind the handball courts in elementary school during P.E.
12. She is a major tech-y and has to own every gadget that comes out. Regardless of whether or not she has any intention of using it.
13. She can’t stand the word “pocketbook” or “panties.”
14. Her all-time favorite foods are pixy sticks, sushi and afternoon tea sandwiches and she insists on having all three at her birthday parties.
15. Her very first novel was called The Puppy and the Kitty and was complete with illustrations. She wrote it when she was 7.