Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Copy provided by the publisher (thanks!)
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "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."

Review: Let's start with the good, shall we?

That premise is killer.  I had never heard of the book before, and usually I prefer to read a few reviews before agreeing to read a book, but after reading that summary I immediately was on board.  The premise alone excited me with the possibilities of what could lay in store.

Another positive is that this book is immensely readable.  (Obviously it's readable.  It's a book.)  What I mean by that is that it is really, really easy to read this book.  It's not overly complicated, it's not very long, it's not boring, and it doesn't contain any difficult or touchy subjects.  It's fun, short, light, and entertaining.

Unfortunately it was a little too light.  The concept of memory and how much of who we are is comprised of our memories is a fascinating topic, and could have made for some really terrific scenes and conversations in this book.  

That didn't happen.  What I read was certainly entertaining, but it wasn't something that made me think terribly hard.  I love a fun story, but I'm afraid this book isn't much more than that.  (Which is okay.)  (But just okay.) 

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Bottom Line:  The Unhappening of Genesis Lee is a short, fun, and entertaining novel that is perfect for you if you don't want to think too hard.

Are you a local interested in The Unhappening of Genesis Lee?  Come to this book's launch party on November 4th at the Orem, UT library!


  1. Are you coming to the launch party? I loved to meet you in person! Good review! Thanks for being part of the tour.

    1. It was my pleasure to be a part of the blog tour! I'd love to meet you too! Usually Tuesday nights are a no-go for me since I participate in activities for my church that night, but this week it's cancelled because of election day, so I think I might be able to come! :)

  2. I can totally see your point. Thanks for reading the book without knowing too much about it. :)

    1. Thank you for inviting me! It made me really happy to be included, and I've loved reading everyone else's reviews. Are you going to the launch party too?


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