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ISBN13: 9780374379919
ISBN10: 0374379912
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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.

Review:

“Intriguing and fast-paced, Unremembered kept me turning pages with plot twists and a fascinating heroine worth rooting for. Sera and her quest to unlock the secrets of her past kept me guessing at every turn. I can't wait for the next book!” Mary E. Pearson, author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles

Review:

Unremembered is a story brimming with mystery and suspense, star-crossed love and mad scientists. I felt like a detective putting together the pieces of Seraphina's forgotten past right along with her, and the masterful way the puzzle was finally revealed left me speechless.” Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles

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Unremembered is an awesome book! I was pulling for Seraphina from the opening chapters, and couldn't wait to read what happened next — and I LOVED the twist at the end.” P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series

About the Author

Jessica Brody is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, and The Karma Club, as well as two adult novels: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. Sometimes she wishes her memories could be erased so she could reread all her favorite books for the first time. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at jessicabrody.com.

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Angelia, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Angelia)
This is such an enjoyable book. It’s got a lot of things that I loved and a couple of things that didn’t work for me, but overall it left me satisfied and eager to get my hands on the sequel.

The writing is wonderful. Descriptive without being flowery and it never gets repetitive which is always nice. Brody has a talent for understanding the teenage mind and all of her teens have very realistic voices and reactions. This is also one of those fast-paced, action-packed books that I LOVE so much. Going into it I had feared that we would have endless pages of Sera doing mundane things while agonizing over not knowing who she really is, and it would all be slowly revealed, but thankfully that is not the case. This is a story filled with intrigue, action, humor, bad-assery and a twist that genuinely surprised me.

This is also a story filled with great characters. Now I don’t have a lot of strong feelings about Sera, one way or the other. I’m sure this has a lot to do with the fact that without her memory it’s hard to know what her personality is really like-how much of it is natural and how much of it is a reaction to her situation. She has some great moments, but she also makes some really bad and frustrating decisions, although I don’t really hold them against her because I imagine I’d probably do some pretty desperate, reckless things to if I had lost all of my memory.

My favorites were probably Sera’s foster family, especially her foster brother Cody. He’s hilarious, stubborn and kind of a bad-ass, and he adds so so much to this story. He’s really what keeps Sera tethered to reality because the boy does not have a filter and is not afraid to tell her when she’s acting a little un-human, for lack of a better word. I really hope he is in the sequel because he was part of what made me love this book.

This book also has a villain who is pretty damn terrifying. Creepy and ruthless, he definitely intrigued me and I am curious to find out more about him and his association.

The only aspect of the book that just didn’t work for me was the relationship between Zen and Sera. I liked Zen, I found him charming and brave and just generally awesome. I just wasn’t sold on the idea of them having this big epic romance. The few glimpses we got into their past just didn’t do it for me. I don’t feel like I know why they are so in love with each other and ready to risk their lives for the small chance of having a future together.

Unremembered was a fantastic story and fun read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel and see what kind of roller coaster Jessica Brody has planned for us.
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whatsheread, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by whatsheread)
No memories, no past, no identity, no answers ��" such is the fate Seraphina faces when she awakens among the wreckage of a plane crash, not only the only survivor but completely unharmed. Her miraculous survival not only garners intense media scrutiny but also more insidious observers. In her new world filled with well-meaning advice, Sera perceives an unknown threat that forces her to test her instincts. Did she survive a horrific plane crash only to meet a more treacherous fate? Such is the premise of Jessica Brody’s latest novel, Unremembered, the first book in a new trilogy.

Seraphina is the type of character which creates a need to protect within everyone who meets her, including the reading audience. This is in large part due to her total amnesia, which is so complete that she is not even able to remember how to dress herself. The complete lack of past, along with her forced isolation thanks to the media and her absence of familial connections, produces a character who appears fragile and fully engenders the nurturing response. That she is not quite as fragile as one might initially expect is not a surprise, but that desire to help and sympathize for Sera’s ongoing bewilderment creates a strong emotional bond within the reader.

One of the best things about Unremembered is the fact that it is unpredictable. Just as a reader begins to guess at the truth, the truth has a habit of veering off down a completely different path than the one expected. In fact, without completely spoiling the surprises, it is possible to completely overthink the plot. There are hidden agendas and shady scientists, but the society as described on the pages are exactly what they appear to be. Readers have become so inured by complex dystopian societies in which the downfall of modern society is only mentioned through hints or well into the second novel of a series that to read a novel which does not require one to try to figure out what happened necessitates its own mini paradigm shift of sorts.


The success of any science fiction novel hinges on the believability of the science being used to promote the story. In Unremembered, the science is actually fairly weak. Some of the explanations leave a lot to be desired, and the reader must take more than one leap of faith to accept Ms. Brody’s descriptions. In spite of all that however, a reader can and will still enjoy the story, as it is more about Sera’s search for answers than anything else. That some of the answers require a reader to suspend one’s sense of disbelief is not a major undertaking because one is so immersed in Sera’s fate.


The premise underlying Unremembered is quite creative. Ms. Brody answers just enough questions to keep the story satisfactory but still leaving larger answers and the fate of her heroine open for future novels. She excels at capturing Sera’s profound confusion, frustrations, and desperation for answers, which lends the story a sense of humanity and outshines its weaker elements. The emotional bond between Sera and reader and the desire to know her fate is what will keep readers anticipating the sequel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374379919
Author:
Brody, Jessica
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20130305
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 320 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - English 9780374379919 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Intriguing and fast-paced, Unremembered kept me turning pages with plot twists and a fascinating heroine worth rooting for. Sera and her quest to unlock the secrets of her past kept me guessing at every turn. I can't wait for the next book!”
"Review" by , Unremembered is a story brimming with mystery and suspense, star-crossed love and mad scientists. I felt like a detective putting together the pieces of Seraphina's forgotten past right along with her, and the masterful way the puzzle was finally revealed left me speechless.”
"Review" by , Unremembered is an awesome book! I was pulling for Seraphina from the opening chapters, and couldn't wait to read what happened next — and I LOVED the twist at the end.”
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