Unremembered / Jessica Brody.
Booklist Reviews 2013 March #1
On takeoff from Los Angeles, Freedom Airlines flight 121 crashes. No one survives. But, as rescuers pull bodies from the ocean, they find a 16-year-old girl alive and unscathed save for complete amnesia. All names on the plane's manifest are accounted for, and no next of kin comes for her. Even the engraving on her locket (S+Z=1609) means nothing to her. Then a dark-haired young man appears to the girl and begins to talk to her. How does she know him? And why does she think she should trust him? So begins the gripping story of Seraphina (Sera) and Lyzender (Zen), as Sera struggles to learn or remember who or what she is, and they both attempt to escape those who would capture and destroy them. Short chapters and short paragraphs filled with abundant dialogue power the often harrowing action, punctuated along the way with Sera's snippets of memory. The first in Brody's new science-fiction series should snare enough attention to have folks tapping their feet for the sequel. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
The amnesiac sole survivor of a plane crash, Sera learns that she's a human experiment with sinister forces tracking her down; Zen, who tells her that he's her pre-memory-wipe soul mate, tries to keep her safe. Sera is too much of a blank slate to make a compelling focal point, but the fated romance and intriguing time-travel elements will attract readers.
PW Reviews 2013 February #1
Amnesiac genius "Violet" supposedly absorbs information without effort. Yet after five days in the hospital with nothing to do but watch TV, the 16-year-old emerges with no comprehension of what jeans, cars, malls, and supermarkets are. Violet may be supermodel beautiful, but her interactions are those of like Data from Star Trek. Picked up at the site of a plane crash, she is assumed to be a survivor and put in foster care while the authorities seek her family. Meanwhile, others are after her: a persistent, urgent boy who calls her "Sera" and a red-haired man, both of whom can find her with uncanny speed no matter where she goes. Brody's (52 Reasons to Hate My Father) book unfolds at a too-leisurely pace in terms of action and emotional development, yet too quickly to make the "science" of Violet's condition plausible. Her foster brother says, "I feel like I'm in a bad sci-fi movie," and the lament is unfortunately accurate. There's no opportunity to forget that Violet is an artificial construct in an artificial setting. Ages 12–up. Agent: Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (Mar.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC