Series: Unremembered #1
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2013
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Amazon
Sixteen-year-old Sera is the only survivor of an explosion on a plane. She wakes up in hospital to find that she has no memory. The only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment. The only adult she trusts insists that she shouldn’t believe anything that anybody tells her. In a tense and pacy novel exploding with intrigue and action, Sera must work out who she is and where she came from. Eventually she will learn that the only thing worse than forgetting her past is remembering it.
This story is definitely a curious blend of science fiction and romance. It has a ‘terminator’ feel to the plot, the scientific basis to the story is well developed and frighteningly realistic. The romance is heart-warming and the main characters endearing. Overall it is a compelling read that I feel has barely scratched the surface of the plot.
Told in first person narrative from Sera’s point of view. The sole survivor of an horrific plane accident, she has no memories beyond her rescue. The only clue to her identity is a heart shaped, engraved locket and what appears to be a strange tattoo on her wrist. It is quickly apparent that Sera is no ordinary girl, she is everything a person could wish for – beauty, intelligence, stamina and good health. Random pieces of the puzzle that is Sera are randomly placed within the narrative, although not all the pieces fit together at first. The plot makes you consider what price these abilities cost; to the extent of being a prisoner or human guinea pig.
The book is divided into 3 sections, each having a revelation at the end to lead smoothly onto the next part of the story, building the plot and adding to the air of tension. The narrative flows smoothly from one point to the next.
Following Sera’s journey of self discovery while trying to regain her memories was an opportunity to see things in a fresh way giving new appreciation for the simplest of things. This aspect was conveyed beautifully within the narrative. The masterful use of metaphor and personification created sensory encompassing imagery.
While I enjoyed the romance within the story, I felt as if I didn’t get to know Zen as well as I would have liked. While small glimpses into his relationship with Sera are shown via Sera’s memories, it didn’t really give an overall picture of who he was without his relationship to Sera.
As I have already stated I think this book has barely scratched the surface of the characters and the multiple plot layers. A very good start to the trilogy and I am very interested to see how the story develops and especially the character development.