When a sixteen-year-old girl wakes up among the wreckage of a
devastating plane crash with no memories, she's forced to piece together her
forgotten past with only one clue to her identity— a mysterious boy who claims
she was part of a top-secret science experiment. From popular young adult
author Jessica Brody comes Unremembered, the first book in a compelling and
suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science and technology know
no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.
Amazon.com: You have written three romantic comedies for
teens. What inspired you to try your hand at science fiction
JB: I guess you could say I got bored with following the
rules of the real world and decided it was time to make up my own. :) But
seriously, all my books tell stories about teenagers who struggle with who they
are and what circumstances they find themselves in. This is what I believe readers
will relate to in the end (teens and adults alike) because we ALL struggle with
this in our own lives. Putting this struggle into a sci-fi setting only allowed
me to exaggerate the “Who am I?” question and stretch it into a more fantasized
reality. I was very inspired to take a teen girl, put her in extraordinary
circumstances, and see how that affected her emotional journey. Not
surprisingly, she reacts much like any of my contemporary characters would in
their “real-life” settings. Because in the end, we’re all human.
Amazon.com: There’s also a lot of action in this story. Was
it fun coming up with so many high-octane scenes?
JB: Okay, I just have to say that up until the time I wrote
this book, the most action-packed sequence I’d ever written was in The Karma Clubwhen two of the teen girl
characters had to sneak in through the window of the Queen Bee’s bathroom to
replace her acne cream with Crisco without getting caught by the girl’s mother.
And I thought that was exciting to
Needless to say, writing the action scenes in this book was
like driving ninety miles an hour in a convertible, after all I’d ever done was
pedaled on a tricycle. With Seraphina’s superhuman strengths and abilities, and
the raised stakes of this world and its villains, the sky was the limit
whenever I sat down to write. It was such a blast.
There’s one scene in the book when Sera is being chased by
an unknown enemy and she darts across a major highway at her top-notch
supersonic speed, causing a multicar collision with an 18-wheeler…followed by
an explosion. And she survives. I
remember sitting there at my computer after finishing the scene, breathless
from all the excitement, and thinking, “Whoa. All of my other characters would
be roadkill by now!”
Amazon.com: Sera is supermodel beautiful, stronger than any
human on Earth, and she has a brain like a computer. If you could choose just
one attribute, which would you choose?
JB: Just one! I can only choose one!? Okay, I’m going to have
to go with brains over brawn and beauty. That way I could write a new book
every two weeks and be my own
translator for all the international editions.