Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Unchanged by Jessica Brody

Series: Unremembered (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/ Romance

Subjects: times-travel, futuristic, genetic engineering, identity, love, memory, scientists, experiments

Setting: The year 2117, in Nevada, California and various states

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense: Sera

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 417 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover 

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Macmillan: Farrar Straus Garoux

Summary/ product description: “So many secrets are buried within these compound walls.
I used to be one of those secrets.

After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech’s new product line—a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public—Sera’s mind starts to rebel. She can’t stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.

As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.”

My Review:  What an astoundingly epic finale. It was pretty awesome even with the few disappointments. I love sci-fi with some mystery and lots of twists. I also like it when a character has to overcome brainwashing or a secret organization. What’s really great about this book is that we get to see the time period that Sera and Zen are from.

2117 is a world with hoverpods and other things that hover with magnets, synthetic meat, genetic modification and nanotechnology. Gas power is obsolete, as well as today’s standard medical equipment since they have nanoscanners. 2117 is not a post-apocalyptic world or a world with an oppressive government. It’s not truly a dystopia, but there is Diotech. And Diotech want to control people and they are using Sera and Kaelen to launch a line of products that can make people better, yet control them. Dr. Maxxer has told Sera this. And Sera doesn’t believe it.

Unchanged starts off with Sera now thinking that Diotech is good and that she loves Kaelen and she’s got all her memories back. She feels guilt forever betraying the objective and she think that Zen never loved her. We know that’s not true. Zen definitely loved her and Sera’s just being brainwashed with some sort of memory coding or something. It just takes her time to see the light again. There’s just not enough Zen in this book. I read the novella before this and one was from Zen’s POV. I suggest reading the novella before this final book. Anyway, Zen doesn’t come back into the picture till more that halfway through the book. I’m not a big Kaelen fan to say the least.

The things that Sera finds out about Diotech and herself make this book awesome, but the ending resolution was not what I had hoped for. I’m still giving the book five stars because I’m a loyal fan and loved the previous books. The plotting that this series took must have been a massive undertaking and I think the author pulled it off even if there were a few bumps in the road.

If you haven’t read Unremembered, then you really should. It’s becoming on of my favorite sci-fi series. You should read it if you like any of the following: Altered by Jennifer Rush, Renegade by J.A. Souders, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, False Memory by Dan Krokos, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Maximum Ride by James Patterson.

Cover Art Review: The girl in the cover looks more like Sera. I love the blurry effect and the title being sharp and clear.

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