Unremembered

Author: Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

I cannot remember the last time I was so disappointed in the direction a novel took.  By page 17, I was completely hooked into the mystery and suspense of who this girl was that woke up in the middle of a plane crash as the only survivor.  Especially when the doctors tell her that no one should have been able to survive.  Then throw in a mysterious necklace with an engraving of S+Z=1609 and a stranger that sneaks into her hospital room and unplugs her drip, and you have the recipe for an amazing story that will be implanted in my mind forever.

Unfortunately, the plot did not unravel in a spellbinding, mesmerizing way.  Instead, Sera goes to stay with a foster family and fumbles around as she tries to remember who she is, where she comes from… anything about herself.  I feel like Brody took such an amazing potential of a plot and had to dumb it down in complexity and suspense to fit the young adult genre.  And then, to top things off, the plot centered more around the romantic element of the novel between S+Z than on the actual mystery of the survival of the plane crash.

And the realization of who Sera is.  Well, the novel went from a great work of believable fiction to a completely unbelievable science fiction novel that made me roll my eyes and groan.  I thought Unremembered was going to be an amazing, suspenseful general fiction novel, but instead it turned into a fantastical romance novel.  Such a shame, as I really thought it had almost limitless potential.

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