Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Source: The Story Siren; Giveaway
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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?
I went into this book with totally different expectations than what I got with it. First of all, I want to say that I won this ARC from The Story Siren at the beginning of the year. When I signed up for the giveaway, I will admit that I had not heard of the book and really I only liked it because of the cover (yes yes, I know, shame on me *eye roll*). When I received the book I thought it was more of a romance meets amnesia patient, so it honestly sat upon my shelf, staring at me, begging me to read it. When I took it down the other day to start reading, I thought that I was instantly going to hate it, but it had the opposite affect on me.
I really didn't know that this was more along the lines of "Fringe" science. I have always loved fringe science. Maybe that is why I always loved the television show so much. For a lot of you who don't know what Fringe Science is, it's simply science that is mainly used to describe unusual science, such as time travel and alternate universes and things of that nature that most of your normal scientists really don't experiment with. A lot of people that see fringe scientists think of them as quacks because they think outside the box for a lot of their experiments while still using technical science and equations.
And now that my school lesson is done for the day, let's move on to my review, shall we? Haha.
Ok, so in this book, you have your typical plane crash survivor - Violet - as she is known to her doctors and everyone watching her on TV. She has lost her memories and struggles with her identity, yet she has no loss of memory when it comes to math equations or standard dictionary definitions. She is sent to live with a very nice family until they can uncover the truth behind who she really is and why she was the only sole survivor of Flight 121. One night she has a dream of a young man who she feels as if she knows and she desperately wants answers, but is suddenly awake, laying in her hospital bed, alone.
Lyzender, or Zen, is the only one who claims to know who Violet is. But Violet isn't her real name. He claims that he can help her remember who she is but she has to trust him, this total and complete stranger who Violet doesn't seem to know. She finds herself questioning if she should trust him or if she should try to uncover the secrets herself.
Like I said, this story threw me for a loop. I was expecting to at least find out that this girl actually does just have amnesia and that Zen helps her find who she is along the way. Instead, this book takes you on a rollercoaster ride. One minute she is trying to figure out who she is, to running from these odd looking guys (and running like a cheetah I might add), to questioning the people around her and if she can trust anyone. It is definitely action packed and I pushed myself through the book to keep finding out what happens next. This is a must read!