Monday, 3 November 2014

Review & Giveaway (US Only): The Unhappening of Genesis Lee

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee - Shallee McArthur
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: November 18th 2014

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.

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee is definitely one of the most original books I've read in 2014! Genesis Lee is one of the Mementi, a group of people who remember everything through their links, beads made of wood, iron & other materials which contain all their memories and ensure that nothing is ever forgotten. The Mementi live in Havendale, a town created by Mementi but in recent years people known as Populace have moved in too. Populace are people who still have their memories in their brains and like us mere humans forget things over time.

Gena gets caught up in the mystery of the Link Thief after her best friend Cora is targeted and a strange boy calling himself Kalan approaches her the next day. The only problem is, Gena can't remember meeting Kalan even though he seems to know a lot about her. The Link Thief is stealing links and people are losing whole swathes of memories, some to the point where the trauma is too much they end up permanently damaged. Gena realizes that she can't have been a victim of the thief as she has no links missing, this means only one thing though... Someone is deliberately siphoning specific memories from her. What follows is a race to find out who the Link Thief is and who is siphoning her memories before it's too late - for everybody...

It's hard to talk about Genesis Lee without giving away too much of what happens but suffice to say I didn't figure out what was going on or who who was doing what until quite close to the end. Gena seemed to be different to a lot of the Mementi, she was trying desperately to break out of the mould and Kalan was only too happy to help. The budding romance between them was sweet, it didn't take over the storyline but became an integral part of it. One thing I didn't like was the way Genesis was called Gena, I kept wanting to call her Gen or Gene but that is a personal niggle!

There was so much going on but essentially The Unhappening of Genesis Lee is a mystery with a dystopian setting, well developed characters (some of whom I liked more than others), a unique premise and some wonderful writing. I'm looking forward to seeing what Shallee McArthur does next!

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Shallee McArthur originally wanted to be a scientist, until she discovered she liked her science best in fictional form. When she’s not writing young adult science fiction and fantasy, she’s attempting to raise her son and daughter as proper geeks. A little part of her heart is devoted to Africa after volunteering twice in Ghana. She has a degree in English from Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with her husband and two children.

She is represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates. Her YA sci fi novel, THE UNHAPPENING OF GENESIS LEE, debuts from Sky Pony Press Nov. 4, 2014.

And because people always ask, her name is pronounced "shuh-LEE." But she answers to anything that sounds remotely close.

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1 comment:

  1. I am glad you enjoyed this story so much! With books nowadays, seeing as there are so many of them, I feel like it's hard to find a novel that is original. But this does sound promising!


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