Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog Tour Review ~ The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee
by 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.

Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Oh, what a cool read! Set in an intriguing world and society, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee told the story of a girl whose old life unhappens and her new one begins. This occurred both in terms of her and other people's memories and or Genesis' 

personality. She grew so much in this story! She broke out of the box--the expectations her family and peers had of her--that she was held back by and became the girl she always wanted to be. I loved her journey.

The society Genesis lived in was interesting. There were two categories of people: the Mementi and the Populace. The former couldn't store emotions besides motor ones in their brains, so they stored their memories in objects (mostly in Links). They acted politely towards others and didn't touch other people if they could help it. The Populace were ordinary people. There was a LOT of hostility between the groups. It fueled a lot of the violence in the book.

I loved the forbidden romance! Genesis was part of the Mementi and Kalan was part of the Populace, so it definitely wasn't an easy road for them, especially since Genesis' memory kept being taken from her. Nevertheless, they made a good couple. Kalan was always there for her and was able to help her break out of her shell. 

I really liked Genesis. As a Mementi she grew up polite. She didn't break rules or interact with Populace. However, she was also passionate about dance and stars/space (the book cover fits her very well). She didn't show that side of herself very much before interacting with Populace, having her memory stolen, and hunting the Link thief. As her story progressed, she became more and more the person she truly wanted to be.

Genesis' investigation into the identity of the Link thief and her attempts to stop the person were pretty cool. There were some twists and turns that I never saw coming. Some shocking (sometimes sad too--I shed a few tears) turn of events happened.

Overall, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee was a very interesting sci-fi story. I loved Genesis' journey and I think quite a few other readers will as well!

"Equal parts dark and delightful, McArthur's stunning debut takes an awesome SF premise and follows it deep into the maze of the human mind. I loved it so much I was jealous." – Dan Wells, author of the NYT bestselling PARTIALS Sequence

"A thrilling read from beginning to end, this stunning debut had me wishing I could record my memories to keep them safe! Just like Gena, I was desperate to discover the thief while at the same time hoping the story would never end." – Elana Johnson, author of the POSSESSION trilogy

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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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