The Unhappening of Genesis Lee

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What would it feel like to never forget? Or to have a memory stolen?

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. 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 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.

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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 daughter 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 Utah with her husband and two children.

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Gr 8 Up—Genesis Lee is one of the Mementi, a group of genetically enhanced humans with the ability to preserve every single one of their memories. Humans without this ability belong to the Populace. The Populace resent the Mementi's privilege, while the Mementi fiercely guard their memories, stored in valuable Link bracelets. When Gena's best friend Cora becomes the latest victim of a Link thief, a Populace boy named Kalan steps in to help. Meanwhile, two corporations are competing to create the first memory backup, a powerful technology that could both save memories and, dangerously, completely erase them. This dystopia, in which technology has a potentially degrading effect on the human mind, recalls the future M.T. Anderson created in Feed (Candlewick, 2002), but with less heart and humor. The prose is simple and and the story is fast paced, making this accessible to many readers, but the writing only exists to propel the rather convoluted plot. The dialogue contains more exposition than illuminations about the characters, who never really come to life. It's refreshing to find a main protagonist of Chinese descent, but Gena is more of a stock action hero than a compelling, nuanced being. This novel does raise some provocative questions. How much of our lives and personalities consist of our memories? Are genetic enhancements ethical? Overall, an effort that doesn't stand out from the current crowd of dystopian young adult fiction.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library

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