Summary: (from Goodreads)
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?
From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.
This author recently went to my school, which I thought was cool! Other authors that came include Anna Banks, Amy Christine Parker, Jessica Khoury, and Christina L. Farley. They were all really cool and gave some insight on what goes on in writing a book. It was a pretty eye-opening experience! Pretty proud to say that I have a paperback of this book with her signature.
So the description pretty much sets the book. It has a pretty overused plot, what with the lone survivor of a plane crash and lost memories and all. A lot of friends and even a teacher was complaining about it. They were just like come on, let’s get some originality here!
I feel like the author uses a lot of common themes and puts them together in this book. Despite that, they fitted together quite nicely and made for a really fun and adventurous read, so I’m not complaining! (Maybe I’m just more lax than those friends aha)
From the beginning, you can tell that the main character, Seraphina, is a mary sue. She is described as having purple eyes, honey brown hair, and almond eyes. Like wowww. Not only that, but many maNY MANY people exclaim at her looks and how gorgeous and supermodel-status she is.
Later on in the book as she discovers more and more about herself, it makes sense. She was created to be the perfect “human,” with immunity to disease, perfect looks, strength, speed, and all that fun stuff. Yup, definite mary sue.
The thing is, I couldn’t really hate her. I mean, Jessica Brody does a really good job on her emotional journey. In the beginning, Sera’s feelings of frustration and distrust are just so realistic, so prominent. I really could believe her anger at not knowing anyone and who to trust. As she falls in love with the male interest (again), Zen, her feelings also change.
Speaking of the romance, I thought it was pretty well done. Despite the characters having a past (or future? It’s complicated, read it!) relationship, there wasn’t any insta-love. In fact, she distrusts Zen immensely at first. Yay. Her feelings come back as her memories do and that was pretty realistic. Even so, it’s a book heavily-centered towards romance so you can’t really blame a girl right.
Jessica Brody does a gr9 job on keeping the “show don’t tell” rule. Thank god the reader actually SEES Sera do things that establish her enhanced speed, strength, and intelligence rather than an “oh! by that way, you can also do this, this, that, yup” without her actually USING those talent. Kudos to you, Jessica Brody.
The science-y parts were really basic, easy-to-follow explanations. The scenes are kept in the past rather than the future, so there wasn’t any really big science-related remarks needed except the basic background of how Sera came to be.
The first part of the book was Sera getting her memories back, the second-ish part was running away from the people who made her (ofc) and the cute, albeit cheesy romance. It was a fast and fun read. Super cute!
Recommended for: Readers who like a romance story with some science fiction in the background.