Review: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

20578610Release Date: November 18th 2014

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genres: YA Science-Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

temp (1)Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend.

Anyone could be next. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.

The problem is, Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things— or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast.

Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

temp (8)A very interesting book, to say the least. It’s original and makes you want to read on and get to know this world and it’s inhabitants. The main character, Gena, is one of the Mementi- a group of genetically enhanced humans. They rely solely on their links (bracelets) to remember everything. Well, someone is now stealing these links and lives are lost.

Firstly, this concept intrigued me to no end. I’m actually glad that I read this, as I’ve never read this sort of science-fiction before. Genesis, or Gena for short, is dead set on finding out who is stealing memories and the lives of her people; especially after losing her best friend. She meets Kalan and they set out to find the thief. Kalan swears that they’ve met before and Gena soon realizes that her memories are fading. Who is behind the mayhem?

The world building and character development are great. Especially Gena’s. She starts off as your normal, everyday teen. When things take a turn for the worst with her people, she is ready to fight demons to catch the thief and regain her memories also. There are plot twists all throughout the book that I didn’t see coming. The pacing is average for this genre. I’m glad that it wasn’t too slow or fast, but just right. If you are looking for your next YA Science-fiction/ Dystopia read, then I would recommend this book.



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