Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

6 Jun

UnforgottenUnforgotten by Jessica Brody

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2014

Sometimes the book orders to the school libraries don’t come in as planned.  Instead of sending all of the last order at the same time (in late March), one box arrived days before school ended.  It does mean that students will return to find brand, new books.  And, of course, the librarian can snatch a few and read some over the summer too.  I definitely buy books that I enjoy.

Having read Unremembered by Jessica Brody and thoroughly enjoyed it, I ordered the sequel.  In the first book, Violet, a.k.a. Sera,  is lost and then found.  She wears a locket engraved with “S+Z=1609.”  Now it makes sense.  This book starts in the year 1609 with Sera and Zen.  But it is never that simple a lifestyle.  In the first book, I was drawn to Sera’s constant questioning as she tried to find out about herself.  Her inner voice reflects her fears, her hopes, her concerns and her questions.

In this book, Sera continues to “talk” to us. She sounds like every teenager trying to fit in.  She sounds like every teenager trying not to fit in, too.  The story starts off nervous and then springs to action leaving it in Sera’s hands to fix things.  She must figure out who to trust. Sera must try to unlock her own mind for the secrets that everyone wants.  She must save Zen.

Traversing centuries, this book pits the evil corporation, DioTech, against the star-crossed lovers and perhaps against the whole human race.

Recommended:  Grades 7 & up

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