Book Review: Unremembered (Unremembered #1) by Jessica Brody

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.

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher

I've read Jessica Brody before (read my review of My Life Undecided here and my review of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father here), and started Unremembered expecting a good, fun read, but I had no idea she could write like this!  Unremembered was just outstanding.  I loved every single second of this book, from the first to the last line.  Sometimes, I just know when I start a book that it's going to be a winner and that's how Unremembered was for me.  

I don't know if Unremembered is classified as sci-fi, contemporary YA, or suspense, but for me it was the perfect combination of all three.  I'm not usually a sci-fi fan but this book was 'soft' enough on the science part to keep me interested.  Sometimes I get lost in the scientific explanations and they are just too heavy for me.  Seraphina is not your normal human being, and she goes on a path to self-discovery right along with the reader.  I like it when I don't know any more than the characters do, and I made discoveries right along with them.

I loved Unremembered's mystery elementIt was really intriguing and added a lot of depth to the story.  I especially liked Maxxer's character and the fact that there was a time-travel aspect to the story.  Brody had so many different things going on that the book could have gotten too complicated, but she wove each element together to make the perfect story.  

One of my favorite things about Jessica Brody's writing is her excellent characterization.  In the contemporary YA I've read of hers in the past, her characters are all so well-developed, even when they at first appear to be quite one-dimensional.  And Unremembered was no exception.  From Seraphina and Zen to the minor characters, all of the characters were well-developed and each added something important to the story.  There were no superfluous characters, and each interaction served a role in the story, whether it be character growth, plot development, or a furthering of the love story.  And speaking of love stories, I fell in love with Zen as Seraphina started to remember him.  He was the perfect love interest and I liked everything about him.  

I was expecting a cliff-hanger ending and was happy that there was some resolution to the story.  I'm definitely looking forward to book two, but I'm happy with how Unremembered ended.  I really can't wait to see where Brody takes this series!  Highly recommended.


  1. I didn't realize this was the same author who wrote 50 Reasons to Hate My Father. I loved that. I know what you mean about making seemingly flat characters three dimensional. I'd love to see what she does with this book.

  2. Sounds great. I read Mystic City recently, and this sort of reminded me of it. Lots of memory loss going on in the YA book genre right now. What are you reading next?

    I'm reviewing FEARLESS by Cornelia Funke. Have you read it? I'm really enjoying it so first read in her Mirrorworld series.


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