Monday, December 14, 2015

#Monday Review - Unchanged by Jessica Brody (Young Adult, Dystopian)

Series: Unremembered # 3
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux BYR
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

So many secrets are buried within these compound walls. I used to be one of those secrets.
After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera's history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech's new product line-a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public-Sera's mind starts to rebel.
 She can't stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.
As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it's a choice that may cost her everything she's ever loved.

Unchanged is the final installment in the Unremembered trilogy by author Jessica Brody. Synthetically engineered human Seraphina is back at Diotech having left Lyzender (Zen) behind in order to save his life. Once again, Dr. Alixter has plans for Seraphina and this includes yet another memory modification to make her forget about her "rebellious" phase when she ran away with Zen. Sera now feels nothing but hatred towards Zen, while falling all over herself to be with Kaelen who is her "perfect" print mate. Print mate = soul mate in human terms. 

With Sera feeling guilty and happy for a second chance, Dr. Alixter's goal is almost complete. With the Objective getting closer every day, and Sera and Kaelen expected to go on a 28 city publicity tour to show what they are made of, Sera begins to understand just how much power Diotech has over the lives over everyone, and how many enemies are out there just waiting for the best time to strike. These enemies include Pastor Peder, Church of Eternal Light, and Jenza Paddock who has more reason than others to hate Diotech and Dr. Alixter. Totally understandable.

As a reader, you need to understand that you are reading from the perspective of a character who has had her brains scrambled several times, and is being used by Alixter for his own, well, his another more secretive group known as Providence's goals. A group we still have no clue who they are. You have to deal with the mussy nonsensical parts, as well as the ultimate revelation as to why Sera was created in the first place. In other words, you have to take the good with the bad. The bad is that Sera is a little annoying at times. You have to take the fact that she does have feelings for Kaelen even if they aren't what the reader necessarily likes.

Sera does go out of her way to try to be a good little soldier girl for fear of going through what her "mentor" Dr. Rio did after betraying Alixter. But, after she is kidnapped and meets the rebellion against Diotech, things start to come around. I liked the final third of this story because that is when Sera gets a real awakening as to what has happened to her, and Dr. Rio, and his daughter. This is where I honestly thought Brody was ready to make the Tris choice and therefore toss everything we've learned over the past 3 books in the toilet. 

I would have liked to know more about Providence. I would have liked to known more about Zen and Cody's time together waiting for Sera to return to them. I would have liked to know more about Zen and his new friend who has a whole lot of hatred for Sera. I'm still kind of a loss for words on the last chapter but there is nothing I can say or do to change it. It is what it is, and I'm moving on to the next book.

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