‘Unremembered’ novel delivers unforgettable story

By Kevin Bartelt

Spring break was the perfect time to catch up on all the books you haven’t had time to read (thanks, midterms). With so many great options, it can be difficult to make a good choice. Fortunately, author Jessica Brody has made that decision a little easier.

“Unremembered,” book one in a trilogy, is a mystery about Seraphina, a 16-year-old girl who survived a devastating plane crash. Not only is it a miracle she survived, but she did not suffer from any physical injuries. However, there appears to be one mental injury that is driving Seraphina mad: She has no memory of the plane crash.

“Unremembered” reminds me of the movie “Cast Away” featuring Tom Hanks. The scene where Chuck Noland (Hanks) struggles to adjust to the city life after coming back from the island is similar to the experience Seraphina has. Noland is not used to the life he lived so freely 10 years prior. This notion of adjusting to a life you’ve already lived reminds me of Seraphina.

“She has no memories of her former life,” said Brody in an interview on USAToday.com, ”She’s fluent in several languages. She can run really fast. And there’s a boy who seems to appear out of nowhere. Who claims they were in love and that he helped her escape from some pretty bad people.”

The thought of completely restarting my life is mind-blowing, but what creeps me out even more is restarting it with people who know my past when I don’t remember it.

Although some argue this concept has been overused, Brody puts a fresh spin on the characters by layering the plots. This new release will keep you on your toes, or I guess fingertips. Five years from now, you will definitely remember “Unremembered.”