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.
Memory loss storylines seem to be something I am very into at the current moment. What’s cool about Unremembered, and what interested me about the premise in the first place, is that the genre to which it fits is a little bit of a mystery. The girl who survived the plane crash… was she already there when the plane crashed? Does she have superhero powers of strength that left her unharmed? Is she an alien? Time traveler? I had no idea heading into it but loved the journey to find out!
Before we find out this mystery girl’s name, the nurse at the hospital refers to her as ‘Violet’, due to the unique color of her eyes. We do find out her real name later on, but for this review I will refer to her as ‘Violet’. Her memory loss is a little different than the typical type I’ve run into. Besides losing the facts on who she was, everyday common phrases and objects were also new to her. It was almost like a whole new world in certain ways, a big culture shock, though she did find herself remarkably intelligent when it came to math and science. The only clues to her past were a locket with S + Z = 1609 engraved on it and a handwritten note with the words, ‘Trust him’. She becomes somewhat of a celebrity in the world, hounded by reporters and not knowing who to trust. Sent to live with a foster family, we meet Cody, the 13 year old foster brother. I immediately grew attached to him and the elements he brought to the story. He was so funny and awkward around ‘Violet’ because she was so ‘hot’ and hot girls don’t talk to boys like him. He was always making little comments like that, which was hilarious because of ‘Violet’ and her almost robotic personality. Maybe robotic is true strong a word to describe her. She had trouble distinguishing certain emotions, sarcasm, and slang and took things extremely literal. She almost reminded me of Temperance Brennan on the tv show Bones in certain ways, telling it like it is and not knowing when to hold back. I also found myself quoting Mean Girls, “I love her, she’s like a martian” as well because again, she was that type of character who was going through a bit of culture shock to her new surroundings and how to interact with others. I loved this about her character, something fresh and different but done in a way that fit. Plus, it was always fun to see her interactions with others who didn’t get her.
Anyways, Cody becomes a reluctant ally on the search to discover who she is and where she came from. We also meet a boy named Zen who seems to know all that information and has a past with ‘Violet’ and informs her that she is in danger. She is not quick to trust him, but I immediately did and loved the connection they had, even if she couldn’t quite remember it. Zen was so sweet and completely selfless when it came to her. I think their love story was one of my favorite parts of the novel.
‘He slowly reaches towards me and I hold my breath. I don’t mean to. The air just kind of traps itself willingly inside my lungs. I feel his fingertips graze the back of my bare neck. His touch causes my skin to prickle and heat up. He gently gathers my hair in one hand and sweeps it over my left shoulder, taking a moment to brush a few loose strands that didn’t make it.
The whole movement is so fluid – so practiced – that it makes me 100 percent certain he’s done this before. This is not the first time his hands have touched my hair. And I find myself silently hoping that it won’t be the last.’
As for the rest of the plot, I’m going to be short and vague because I don’t want to give anything away. These characters are on the run and fighting for their freedom and answers. It was a real joy to put all the pieces together. I was able to do so myself a little earlier than the characters but I really didn’t mind because there was still a lot that was new and interesting to discover with maybe a few surprises thrown in. I’m not sure every question I had was answered though and it did lose a little steam once I did figure things out. I think those were my only gripes. As it is a series, which I just discovered as I write this, I’m hoping more will be cleared up in the follow ups.