Book Review: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee


Title: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee
Author: Shallee McArthur
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: November 18th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult



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The Unhappening of Genesis LeeThe Unhappening of Genesis Lee
Shallee McArthur
Sky Pony Press, November 2014
ISBN 9781629146478

From the publisher—

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.

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.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2014.

About the Author

Shallee McArthurShallee 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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