Saturday, April 27, 2013

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

She was the only survivor of a plane crash, the mystery girl that has no memories of who she is or where she came from.  It is a confusing time, one where everyone seems helpful and concerned for her safety, but there is something wrong, something she can just sense on the edge of her awareness.  There are memories that seem tantalisingly close, but they won't come to surface - and then there is the boy that keeps appearing, the boy who calls her Sera and seems to know who she is and expects her to know him too.  As she eases into the world, Sera discovers that people are after her, people who will stop at nothing to get her back, and unless she can regain her memories, they have her at a distinct disadvantage.

This is one of those tricky books to review, not because it is mediocre, but because all the little twists and turns that make the book so enjoyable are the little gems that you would normally put into a book review to entice the reader to try the book - but in this case it would be spoilers, spoilers, spoilers!  In the past few months I have come across an increasing number of science fiction stories that include a wide range of subjects from androids, to aliens, to time travel and it seems as though the publishing trend is starting to shift from dystopian and bleak futures to science fiction stories nestled up against our own time and place in space - and it is something of a refreshing change.

The characters in Unremembered are interesting and well written, and the world they move through is believable with little hints of what is happening and what is to come - little tricks to keep you hooked from the start and absorbed right to the end.  Sera's world is confusing and tricky, and you are drawn to her confusion and innocence as she learns about the world around her through trial and error, and the bad guys when they appear are not two dimensional and clichéd - they are intriguing and realistically motivated to get what they want. 

There is drama, adventure, science fiction themes, and just a touch of romance - something for the guys and the gals.  This is the beginning of a new series an if Brody can keep up the tension and the pace then it is bound to be a breath taking series, with plenty of mystery and drama, with a dash of true love and romance to keep everyone on the edge of their seats as they wait to see what Sera's fate will be.  This is not a heavy novel driven by dense prose, it is a little bit of fun and something to read for the pleasure.

If you like this book then try:
  • Adaptation by Melinda Lo
  • Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
  • Nobody by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
  • What's left of me by Kat Zhang
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
  • The hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  • Revived by Cat Patrick
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reviewed by Brilla

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