Author: Jessica Brody
Publication: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 5, 2013)
Description: 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 memoriesperiod. 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.
My Thoughts: This science fiction story was a good start to a series. A nameless young girl - sixteen and beautiful - is the only survivor of a plane crash. Or is she? She is found floating in the ocean. She is unhurt except for the fact that she has lost her memory. She doesn't know her name or where she came from or much about current pop culture. Her only possession is a heart-shaped locket with S + Z = 1609 on the back.
Because of her violet eyes, one of the nurses in the hospital names her Violet. While she is in the hospital a boy comes to her and says he knows her and wants to help her escape. She doesn't remember him and doesn't trust him, fearing that he is one of those attention seekers who are trying to get some of the fame and media attention that now surrounds her.
Violet is put into foster care in an isolated small town to try to keep her out of the media's eye until she regains her memory. The boy shows up again and tells her that her name is Seraphina and his is Zen thus explaining the S + Z on the locket. He says that they fell in love and were trying to escape the evil conglomerate that created her making her smarter and stronger and prettier than a normal human girl.
When danger finds her, she and Zen and her thirteen-year-old foster brother Cody go on the run. Sera doesn't know who she can trust beyond Zen and she finds his explanation for her situation hard to believe. Still, she knows that she loves him and comes to trust him.
The story includes time travel, genetic manipulation, and evil scientists. It also includes a really sweet romance. I can't wait to read more in this series to see if Sera and Zen ever find a place of safety.
"You don't have to tell me anything if you don't want to. I'm fine just continuing to believe the fantasy I've created in my head."I received this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.
I smile tenderly at him. :And what fantasy would that be?"He straightens up in his chair. "That you're a magahot alien from a far-off planet full of supermodels who's come to earth on a scouting mission because men have gone completely extinct on your planet and you're looking for another species to breed with in order to keep your superhot alien race from going extinct."
I giggle. "That's very imaginative."
He shrugs. "I read a lot of sci-fi."