Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementia small group of genetically enhanced humansGena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve them 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. That’s why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims not only that they have met before, but also that Gena knows who the thief is.
The problem is that Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting thingsor 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.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Shallee McArthur has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. When she's not writing young-adult science fiction and fantasy, she's attempting to raise her son and daughters as proper sci-fi and fantasy geeks. A little part of her heart is devoted to Africa after volunteering twice in Ghana. This is her first book. McArthur lives in southern Utah with her husband and three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two things resonated with me during and after reading The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. One is the awful sense of deprivation that must come when you can’t ever be touched or touch anyone else. Gena has grown up in this society where memories are vulnerable to outside damage and destruction but the reader still gets glimpses of how she yearns for the touch of her mother, her best friend, the boy who comes into her life. The other is an understanding of what it must be like to be a victim of amnesia or early onset Alzheimer’s, when you’re aware that you’re losing your memories. With amnesia, there’s nearly always hope that those memories will be recovered but Alzheimer’s patients have no such chance and that’s unutterably sad. For Gena, something even worse will affect her regarding memories and she soon finds herself in the midst of a fight against a deadly project. Kalan is one of the more appealing love interests I’ve come across, mainly because, while he obviously cares about Gena, he gives her the space she needs to become accustomed to this human after years of avoiding them. And thank heavens there is no tiresome triangle! Ms. McArthur is a talented writer and came up with a truly imaginative story. I’ll look forward to reading much more of her work.
This debut novel had my attention from the first page to the last. The pacing was so perfectly written that I could never find a “good spot” to put it down, even though I have children. I HAD to put it down several times. The characters felt alive by their actions, their quirks, and their distinct voices. They each had motivations that made sense and drove them to do what they needed to even when faced with impossible situations. Everything flowed, from dialogue, and narration, to why characters chose to do what they did. Despite guessing at some of the twists, I did not guess them all. The book had a complicated plot with supporting subplots that allowed me the satisfaction of being surprised. Then there’s the romance. From the way Gena and her people are designed, a romance would not happen over the course of a few pages, and it didn’t. The relationship with all the many complications grew in a way that felt realistic while still giving the satisfaction of a good sub plot romance read. There were some confusing parts. A couple of sections were difficult to understand or picture, but not bad enough to deter me from reading or understanding the book as a whole. There were also a few parts where it felt more like an info dump rather than letting me experience the world with Gena. I must emphasize that those parts were few. I experienced most of the world and situation with Gena, and that is an incredibly difficult thing to do as a writer. All the amazing things I mentioned in the first couple paragraphs made me like this book, but what made me love the book was the feeling I had as I read. I loved the emotions this book put me through, from the beginning when I feared for Gena and her best friend’s lives, to the middle when it broke my heart to see Gena forget Kalan, and to the end…which I won’t say. I hate it when people spoil endings for me, so I won’t do it to you. But it was GOOD. Emotion drives me to read books, and this one definitely gave me a lot to experience for myself. The Unhappening of Genesis Lee is a book I’ll read again. And again.
Guys, this book is so SMART! Honestly, I can't even imagine the storyboard this author must have constructed to pull these threads and Sci-fi-ish elements together so flawlessly. I purchased this book more for my son than for myself, as Sci-fi isn't usually my thing, but when he said I had to read it, I did. And I'm so glad! You will be glad you did, too!
MY THOUGHTS There are so many great things about this book! The most interesting aspect of this book definitely has to be the idea. This book revolves around a society where people's memories are kept in Links, which are beads that people generally wear as necklaces or bracelets (as the memories only stay with you if you touch/wear them). This allows them to remember everything vividly. These people are called Mementi. Then there's Populace, who are, essentially, average people. Their memories are kept in their brains are, therefore, thought to be dumber and many live in poverty because they cannot get the Mementi jobs. Meanwhile, a thief is stealing Links, leaving the victims without any memory of who they are. And it is thought to be Populace, because Mementi are obviously too nice to do that to one of their own. See how unique this idea is! I've never read a book anyway like this and I was amazed in how much thought was put into this society. And that's not even all if it! There's so much more in the book that I can't tell you about! And the mystery involved in the story, along with the unhappening, kept me glued to the pages. Besides the amazing storyline, I loved the characters. Specifically I loved how our main character Gen, changes throughout the book. I also loved Kalan, who is such an amazing, nice guy. Another pro: There is very little romance! So, the storyline actually dominates the book! My only issue with this book is how strange and crazy this book got. I'm sorry if I'm being vague, but no to spoilers! I don't know why, but I begin to lose interest towards the end of the book, mostly because I thought things were taking a weird turn. I was also not a fan of Gen's parents. Her parent let her have her own opinions and care also about how it reflects on them. They also go way too far in this book! IN CONCLUSION If you're looking for a very unique, original book with a bit of mystery, look mo further! This was such an interesting book! Sure, I had issues with the end, but it's still a really great book! I will definitely be on the lookout for more by this author!
WOW! What a fun roller coaster ride of mystery, action, intrigue, and surprises! I loved that The Unhappening of Genesis Lee was told in the first person. Sometimes I got so wrapped up in it that I felt like I was right there with Gena. I loved her character arc. She grew so much and learned a lot about herself. She was such a complex character. At first it didn't make sense to me that a Mementi that retains all of their memories should have panic attacks. The revelation of why she had those feelings was one of my favorite parts of the story. I love Gena. Kalan was another intriguing character. A Populace boy who was trying to help Gena, but she kept forgetting him! She wasn't always sure she could trust him. I would have liked to know Kalan better, but I saw him only through Gena's perspective so it made sense that I couldn't know more. Never the less, he was my second favorite character. The parts of the story that dealt with memory and how it shapes our character traits, perceptions, and prejudices were so deep and insightful. Seeing Mementi who had their memories stolen brought tears to my eyes because of my own mother's Alzheimer's disease. It was even more poignant when I discovered that they retained the emotions connected to those lost memories. Ms McArthur was so sensitive when dealing with such personal tragedy and anguish. This is definitely one of the best debut novels I've ever read and I would recommend it to readers of all ages! Bravo Ms McArthur!