Monday, January 19, 2015

#Review - Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

Series: Unremembered # 2
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

Unforgotten (Unremembered # 2) picks up six months after the end of Unremembered. The story is once again told in the first person narrative by 16-year old Seraphina (Sera) who isn't all that she seems, but rather a synthetically engineered humanoid. The story travels from 1609 England, to 2032 New York City, and ends up back where it started, the year 2115. Sera and Zen have made themselves a part of the 17th century landscape, finally, after something curious happened that left them separated and Sera presumed to be a survivor of an airline crash. But, Sera is having trouble turning off her emotions and memories when it comes to Rio, Dr. Jans Alixter, and his Diotech minions who want to rule the world.

Sera finds herself played like a harpsichord, by everyone over the course of this novel! She isn't well liked by the family who takes her in, she's unable to relax or feel safe with Zen, then Zen falls ill to a mysterious virus, Sera faces death in the face thanks to the times she lives in, and then a mysteriously beautiful boy by the name of Kaelen turns up to save her from death, only to have Sera feel an immediate connection to him.

I say that Sera is played, and played often, because really except for Zen, and Cody Carlson, nobody else is trustworthy. Nobody takes Sera's feelings or desires in store before they make choices for her. Nobody believes that Sera and Zen can find happiness after everything they've been through. They all want something from her, and that includes Dr. Rylan Maxxer. Even Kaelen wants to recover lost memories buried in her mind by Maxxer at the behest of his masters at Diotech.

After reading and reviewing Unremembered on Talksupeblog, I feared for this novel. I feared that Sera wouldn't live up to her exploits in the first novel. I feared that the author would add an additional element to this story that would break my heart, and push Sera into being something that she's not. I feared that Sera's ability to think and feel for herself outside the lines, would fall away into oblivion. My fears have been realized.

I truly do not like one damn thing about Kaelen. I don't believe adding another SOUL MATE to the story adds to my ability not to scream, or pull out my hair in frustration. I truly feel for Zen after all is said and done. It breaks my heart to see an author tear down a character this thoroughly leaving him a figment of his former self. I will say that I hope beyond hope that Brody redeems herself for this book.

I have to say that my favorite part of this story is Sera and Cody's relationship. Cody is now a grown-up with a family and a kid of his own. Cody also may be the key to several key storylines, including Zen's fate. I truly do hope that Cody returns in the final installment. After all is said and done, he's pretty much the only character who hasn't demanded anything from Sera.

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