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It's hard to write a review because this is one book where you really want to avoid spoilers. Much of the reason it kept me reading is because I was curious about what was going to happen next, so I'm going to try and keep this spoiler free. The plot and pacing kept me interested, because for so much of the book I was curious about who she was, since she didn't remember. I was worried that since she had amnesia that she would fall flat personality wise, but I think that somethings just remain a part of you even if you don't have your memories. She was a cool character and this story was so fun to read and I'm glad that it didn't get spoiled on me.

The writing was good, but the plot was really the coolest part. I think I would read the rest of the series, but I'm not exactly dying to know the rest of it. The ending wasn't a cliffhanger, but it's clear to me that the story continues. This isn't a book that I would reread, but the first time around is really cool. Sep 27, Bonnie McDaniel rated it did not like it Shelves: science-fiction , time-travel , young-adult.


This book started out so promisingly For quite a while now, the trendy thing in young-adult novels is the first person, present tense point of view. I personally think this POV is a bit problematic; I've written stories using it, but it's very easy to go over the top. There's a reason the past-tense POV is pretty much universal: it stays in the background and allows the story and characters to take over, rather than focus the attention on the author's h This book started out so promisingly There's a reason the past-tense POV is pretty much universal: it stays in the background and allows the story and characters to take over, rather than focus the attention on the author's hip, pretentious, artsy-fartsy style of writing.

That being said, this book's first-person, present tense, stream-of-consciousness POV is perfect for this story: a teenager waking up in the middle of the ocean, floating on debris, with absolutely no idea of who she is or how she got there. We learn what happened the same instant Violet later Seraphina, her real name does. She is, we come to find out, an unnaturally beautiful, unnaturally strong, unnaturally intelligent she has a savant-like way with numbers and unnaturally fast person who This is all revealed like a slow peeling of a tasty, sharp red onion, layer within layer.

She wasn't actually on the plane she was supposed to be on. There's a boy following her around who tells her she's in danger, there are people hunting for her.

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Said people do show up, whereupon she finds out she can kick car doors clear off their hinges and outrun racehorses. The boy tells her she actually comes from a lab called Diotech. The boy, Zen, also claims to have been her boyfriend and soul mate. She's kidnapped by the bad people and meets another man, Rio, who tells her she is indeed an artificial person, created by the Diotech corporation.

She and Zen get away from Rio, and Zen tells her all her still-vanished memories have been downloaded onto a tiny cube. He hooks her up to so-called "cognitive receptors"--tiny disks attached to her skull--so she can access them. The story progresses, with Seraphina and Zen now on the run from the bad guys.

Then the bad guys catch up to them and take Zen. This is definitely a turning point for Seraphina; she is determined to free him and is willing to sacrifice herself to do so. Going on the Internet to find a clue where he might be, she runs across Maxxer, a former Diotech employee who is willing to help her get Zen back. By this time, I realize we must be moving into far-future territory: nothing remotely like all this technology exists today. Sure enough, we find out Diotech actually exists about a hundred years in the future. Okay, so time travel is involved: a genuine science-fiction trope, along with genetic engineering and downloading of memories.

This doesn't come out of the blue, by the way; the idea has been well planted, with the repeated clue of the number "", which turns out to be the year. I do pause when I read it; it's a bit of a heavy lift for a YA novel, but the story has been progressing so well to this point, I'm willing to continue. I wonder what machine the author will use for the actual time travel; the heart-shaped locket found on Seraphina seems altogether too flimsy to accomplish such a thing.

But when a final clue is revealed, the time-travel device isn't a machine at all; it's a gene, and an artificially created gene at that, which allows the bearer to "transesse" short for chrono-spatial transession. I give the author credit for trying to create a sufficiently scientific-sounding term, but this simply doesn't work; it sounds like a brand of intersex cosmetic.

At this point, the story collapses under its own weight, and takes my suspension of disbelief with it. Look, this simply isn't plausible. At all. Catherine Asaro and Julie E. Czerneda, two of my favorite authors and an actual physicist and biologist respectively, would not dare write such a hackneyed explanation as this. How the hell would you create something like this in the lab? What combination of DNA and proteins would you even use? There's at best a feeble attempt to explain it, which amounts to a lot of frantic handwaving. And only one gene, one artificial gene, can manage this?

Why wouldn't you need an entire artificial genome for something as monumental as time travel? How could you use such a gene to travel into the past? Just pick out a year and project yourself there, knowing nothing of where you might end up? If Seraphina got separated from Zen during their attempted flight to , how the hell did she end up, all-too-conveniently, on a piece of floating debris after a plane crash? Why didn't she end up five miles into the atmosphere, or five miles under the surface of the ocean for that matter?

And Dr. Maxxer says you can implant this artificial gene directly into yourself?

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Where, pray tell? Is it just floating around in her bloodstream? Seraphina gets the gene by drinking a liquid containing it. Why doesn't her stomach acid destroy it? How does she access it? As you can tell, I'm very irritated by this entire concept. To put it bluntly, it ruined the book for me, and I came near to smashing it against the wall. I forced myself to finish the story, mainly because by that time I was so invested in the characters. Seraphina does rescue Zen, and uses her lone artifical gene to get them out of the cave where they're being held.

Even this, the way it's described, seems more like simple teleportation--another established science fiction trope--instead of this "transession" nonsense. They end up jumping off a cliff and supposedly finishing their aborted journey, back to I'm sorry, but this is just stupid. It's really sad, because the book was so good. I can't imagine why the editor didn't demand this gene business be dropped.

I could actually accept the time-travel idea if it had been done by a machine instead of how it was presented, but I suppose that would have made it too easy for the bad guys to follow our heroes. At any rate, be warned. Needless to say, I'm not reading the sequel. Mar 09, Mitch rated it it was ok. And knowing truly is a terrible curse. In most cases, planning is awesome, but the lesson here is, when you tip your hand, time to make new plans.

Mar 03, Sierra rated it liked it Shelves: owned. Read it in one sitting. It wasn't bad at all. It was quick, and interesting. Sometimes I feel like I'm falling out of love with YA, but I'm hoping it's just because books like this are younger. Like, the words used and alls that. Apr 24, Misty Baker rated it it was ok. I mean.. Pun intended. How so? Well, because it poses a metric ton of questions to those of us knock on wood who have never had the displeasure of experiencing it.

What would you do? What would you say? Would you willingly go with them? Is it our hearts? Our brain? Our senses? Our limbs? Ask a hundred people and you will get a hundred different answers. This is one of those times.

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On one hand it explodes with potential. Hot girl who is apparently strong enough to remove a car door with a single thrust. Evil secret government agency cover-ups, and time travel. On the other hand…I can easily name at least 10 other books with the exact same elements with significantly better execution. While everyone around them relied on rhetoric to keep their dialogue moving towards the finish line.

For me…yes. But that may not be the case for everyone else. Which is why I wanted to post a list. I am incredibly critical. But… I am also open-minded. While this book is not for everyone, there IS a place where it can be happy. It has an appropriate amount of intrigue despite its lack of originality and ends with a pretty interesting bout of action.

ALL things a younger reader needs to stay engaged, but not enough to keep older audiences enthralled. Especially in this blossoming Sci-Fi genre. View 1 comment. Nov 29, Crystal rated it liked it Shelves: I'm beginning to really enjoy books where the main characters have lost their memories and Unremembered is about just that. This book was another fun addition to the whole memory loss, government agency group but it does have a twist that will blow you away. Violet that is the name given to her by a nurse wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from. She is found in the middle of a plane wreck and is the only survivor.

Nobody understands how she survived and unfortunately no one I'm beginning to really enjoy books where the main characters have lost their memories and Unremembered is about just that. Nobody understands how she survived and unfortunately no one has any answers as to who she is. Violet knows that she needs to get out of the hospital and work towards getting her memories back, but when a boy starts popping up things don't go as planned and she finds out that she is not your ordinary girl.

With the help of her 13 year old foster brother and Zen a boy from her past she uncovers so many crazy things about her life that you will just have to read to believe. Unremembered was an interesting book. It was a very quick read and even though I felt that the pacing was a little slow for me I was still intrigued and glued to the pages. Violet I am going to keep calling her that since her name is sorta spoilery was a likable character, but I kept waiting for her to turn into a kickarse heroine. There were several scenes where she could have opened up a can of whoopbookies but she didn't and I was a little disappointed.

In the story we do find out why this is, but I would have preferred her to be a little stronger. In the end she did come through but it was in a very unexpected way that was perfect for her character. Zen was a great addition as well. He was there for Violet and helped her solve the mystery of her life. Again though I just wanted a little more from him. I liked their scenes together, they were sweet and I am really hoping that we get to see more of a romance between the two if there is a sequel planned. The ending is open enough to have one so I have my fingers crossed. The story itself was pretty good as well.

I totally didn't see the twist coming and I felt like it was a brilliant move by the author. This twist will help Unremembered stand out in a crowd that is quickly becoming overrun with books that are very similar to this one. I really can't say much about the story since the things I would say are spoilery.

I will say that I am a little confused as what her role was at Diotech her home. We never get to see exactly what she did there so I am hoping that if there is a sequel we will also get to know more about her role and why she is so important. Like I said in the beginning I a m quickly becoming fan of this type of book and Unremembered is a wonderful addition to my collection.

View all 4 comments. Feb 25, Jenny rated it really liked it. Unremembered starts with a shock of cold water and a slew of questions and from there barely gives us a moment to breathe, catapulting us forward as a young woman with a blank canvas for a mind struggles to fill it once again with color. What's instantly noticeable and infinitely more intriguing than the amnesia alone is that Sera doesn't simply struggle to remember her past, she struggles to understand her environment as well; technology, slang, food and so many other things utterly foreign to Unremembered starts with a shock of cold water and a slew of questions and from there barely gives us a moment to breathe, catapulting us forward as a young woman with a blank canvas for a mind struggles to fill it once again with color.

What's instantly noticeable and infinitely more intriguing than the amnesia alone is that Sera doesn't simply struggle to remember her past, she struggles to understand her environment as well; technology, slang, food and so many other things utterly foreign to her when they should be familiar. The classification of this story as sci-fi tips us off to the fact there's more at play with Sera than memory loss, so her curiosity with regard to day to day life after her release from the hospital has our minds churning out possibility after possibility as to what exactly it all means, and we eagerly turn the pages to hurry alongside Sera as she attempts to find out View all 5 comments.

Hmm, well this was weird. It was fast-paced and turned quite sci-fi at the end! I liked that it managed to surprise me, but there was just some things missing.

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Like emotions. And yeah. It was okay. But not great. If I had to hear about how pretty she was one more time, I was going to throw the book. Also, Cody was Dec 26, Novels On The Run rated it it was amazing. I like numbers.

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I have a tattoo. I like grilled cheese sandwhiches. And supermarkets. I have long brown hair and purple eyes. I survived a plane crash. A plane crash I have no memory of. It grabs you with intrigue from the get go. Now I saw a few reviewers on Goodreads were stating this story has been done before. It depends on what genres you read a lot of. Any genre if you read it a lot you will find a story idea done before. As reviewers we read a lot of books. We can tend to assume that the general public read as much as we do, when that is not necessarily the case. I have not read much sci-fi , so for me, this was a great ride of twists and curve balls and it was very fresh and exciting for me.

I was very entertained and surprised by where the story took me. I really didn't want it to end. I am trying to keep spoilers out of this review as it is a story to experience yourself with where it starts to where you end up Trust him. We were both in the dark waiting for the light to switch on. When I thought I had worked something out No memory. No relatives coming forth. Except a boy who claims to know her and was desperate to get her out of the hospital. It is more intriguing than that. It is fast paced and you get turned about at quite a few corners.

The more the story unfolds the more exciting it got for me. I felt there was a lot of depth to the plot. Jessica will keep turning your brain about. Sure there is this beautiful boy and girl There is a reason for this. His smile quickly fades and is replaced with a look of sincerity. I really loved the sub characters they all brought something to the story and had me wondering. Cody is a great sidekick, a thirteen year old boy who behaved definitely like my thirteen year old boy. Cody was one of my favourite characters in this book as he gets some great lines and gets to be a bit of a hero.

He faces the window again. You should be a model. There you go. Did the infamous amnesiac supermodel actually make a joke? Which is a nice change. When does an idea crossover into cray cray land? Nothing will stop him on his path. Power is all consuming.

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A sci-fi will always have a power hungry villain. But what type of villain, is This book really has everything packed into it in a fast paced read with action a plenty, throw in the twists and curveballs that will assault you and the mysterious Maxxer, and then the shiz really hits the fan. Aug 27, Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok Shelves: arc-ebook.

Unremembered is that book that you read and you feel like you are on the verge of the story being really great, and you can sense that the shift into epic territory is just around the next corner but it never really gets there. She is found to be the only survivor of said crash and has come to with no memory at all of who she was or why she was on this plane that there was no record of her being on.

There were no emotions that I could really connect to and even her love and history with Zen fell a bit short for me. She made some really dumb decisions that had me rolling my eyes and her rationalization for them had me wanting to pull my hair out. Saving Zen. Protecting Zen. I didn't even stop to think about my own future. With all that was going on in her life and her freaking amnesia after surviving a plane crash I think the girl should have been trying to figure herself out rather than focussing on some guy she doesn't remember.

The one redeeming character that got a few chuckles out of me was Cody, her foster brother. He was hilarious and had no filter from his brain to his mouth, the things that came out of his mouth were pretty comical. I admit that I did like where the story went and of all the scenarios I had thought up in my head, it was not one of them but I just wish it was handled a bit better, maybe a bit slower.

While this one started out as an exciting read that captured my interest immediately, it quickly became a very passive read that I was just trying to get through. I like where the story went in the end but the road to get there and during the reveal were much too rocky for my taste. An Advanced Reading Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sep 24, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in , young-adult , sci-fi. Loved it! This may be the most underrated book I've listened to this year. Although the actual broad theme was not unique- view spoiler [ girl has no memory and needs a guy to unlock a secret hide spoiler ] - the delivery was unique. The big reveal was interesting as were the twists. One I did not see coming at all. I nearly finished in one sitting. If sleeping hadn't got in the way I would have. I even put my Saturday plans on hold to finish and it was worth it. I would start book 2 now, but s Loved it!

I would start book 2 now, but some plans can't be changed No, I wouldn't do that, but I'm anxious to start the second book later today. Here's why I gave it 5 stars: 1. More because of the mystery than being in a dangerous situation No love triangle.

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