by FBF Founder, Jessica Brody
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
5 Signed ARCs will be given away on Friday, February 15, 2013!
About the Book:
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?
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.
Our exclusive interview with FBF Founder, Jessica Brody about UNREMEBERED!
1) Where did you get the idea for UNREMEMBERED?
Seven years ago, I read a newspaper article about a teen girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. I was instantly fascinated by the story. Namely because they had no idea why she survived when no else did. I started brainstorming reasons as to why she was so lucky. One particular reason (a rather intricate, science-fiction-inspired one) stuck in my mind and refused to leave. It continued to grow and blossom until I had an idea for an entire trilogy. A trilogy that starts with a mysterious plane crash and a single survivor.
2) You’re known for your contemporary teen novels (like 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER and THE KARMA CLUB) but UNREMEMBERED is very different (sci-fi/suspense/mystery) what inspired you to make the switch?
Well, I’ll start off by saying that I definitely didn’t abandon the contemporary genre. It’s still a genre I adore writing and I actually have another contemporary standalone book coming out in Summer of 2014 that I’m writing now. But the idea to try my hand at science fiction was really about flexing my creative muscles and seeing how far I could take a character outside of “normal teen life” and still create a compelling emotional journey. In the end, all my books (regardless of genre) tell stories about discovering who you are and dealing with what life brings you (because that’s universal.) In UNREMEMBERED, all I did was insert this struggle into a science-fiction setting where I could exaggerate the “who am I” question. As a writer it’s fun to be able to create an extraordinary world, drop a character in, and see what she does.
3) What has been the biggest challenge in the writing of this novel?
Dealing with all the spoilers! I’ll tell you, it’s been a stressful journey getting this book to the marketplace and trying to keep all the spoilers…well, unspoiled. As a trilogy, this first book is definitely all about the question “Who is Seraphina?” This mystery drives the plot and because I wrote it in first person, the reader is never a single step ahead of the protagonist. They’re always right in her shoes as she follows the clues that lead her to discover the truth about her past. And there are LOTS of clues that get revealed along the way. It’s been a challenge trying to tell people about the book, get people excited about reading it, and try to intrigue people but at the same time, keep the mystery alive. I’ve had to choose every word I say and write very carefully. This is definitely a new challenge for me! You really don’t have to worry too much about spoilers when promoting contemporary books! I love reading reviews where people say they didn’t see the twist at the end coming. If you’re surprised when you reach the last page, then I’m a happy author.
4) Which fictional character do you have a crush on?
Galen from OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks. Gosh, that is one hot man fish!
5) What is up next for you?
Oh my, so many fun things! Well, book 2 of the trilogy, UNFORGOTTEN, will be released next year so I’m finishing up the edits on that and, as I mentioned above, I’m currently writing a new contemporary standalone. It doesn’t have a title yet but it’s going to be really fun. I’m trying something a bit different with this one that I think will surprise people (hopefully it’ll be a good surprise!)
About the Author:
JESSICA BRODY is the bestselling author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided and The Karma Club as well as two adult novels: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. Sometimes she wishes her memories could be erased so she could reread all of her favorite books for the first time. She splits her time between California and Colorado.
Visit her online at: www.JessicaBrody.com
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