Monday, 12 May 2014

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered by Jessica Brody 

Unremembered follows the story of Seraphina, a girl who wakes up floating around in the middle of a plane crash wreckage, at sea.  This is her first memory.

From this point onwards Seraphina is forced into the spotlight as she’s the only survivor of the plane crash. Until we find out that she wasn’t even on the plane and her DNA’s not matching any databases.

Nicknamed Violet after the colour of her eyes, Seraphina goes to live in a remote place with her foster family. With the help of her foster brother and mother she slowly learns the simple things we do in life like shopping. You see Seraphina learn about things that suit her and how she tries different foods/hobbies for the first time.  As well as figuring out how this world works Seraphina is trying to find out who she is. With the help of nightmares, a boy who claims to love her, a guy who’s following her, a cryptic message and a necklace. It’s no surprise that this girl’s confused.

When Seraphina finds out the truth about herself she asks herself;

What makes us human?

Should people really be messing with how our brains function? Should it be right for some company to know how to control the mind? Should any company have that much power?

Should we know how to time travel?

Most of the book consists of Seraphina finding out the truth and figuring out how to blend into society so the element of time travel isn’t really explored and explained as well as I’d hoped it would be.

I liked how she learns bit by bit about people and how her relationship with her foster brother develops – these relationships are gradually built up. But then we have Seraphina’s and Zen’s relationship. It was so bloody awkward – yeah I get that they loved each other in the past (I’m trying not to spoil anything) but in this point of time their relationship is uncomfortable and yet she still runs away with him and trusts him. 

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