The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthurThe Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee

byShallee McArthur

Hardcover | November 18, 2014

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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 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 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 fastbecause Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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 li...
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Title:The Unhappening of Genesis LeeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:November 18, 2014Publisher:Sky PonyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1629146471

ISBN - 13:9781629146478

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really heartwarming Objectively, this was a great book. It managed to do a lot of things that many stand-alones struggle with: creating a rich, diverse world with its own fleshed-out systems and rules, setting the stakes high and upping suspense, and resolving everything without making it feel too tidily cleaned up. I loved the characters and the relationships, as well as the real-world sociological issues in a completely new setting. Also, the premise is just pretty freaking cool. However, aside from all that, the thing that made this a five-star book, for me, was this: a main character being unapologetically Christian. I suppose I've always known why representation matters, in a sort of intellectual way. I can see why it's important, but I never really had an opportunity to understand why it was so meaningful. I mean, I'm a white, straight, middle-class young woman - my demographic is so "represented" in YA literature that it's not really representation at all. However, I am also LDS (Mormon), and had sort of given up on ever finding a book with religion in it that didn't either make it a big massive deal that consumed the whole book or that mocked or belittled it. This book has a character, a main one, the leading guy, who casually mentions in conversation that he is Christian. The leading lady asks him, somewhat incredulously, if he believes in God. "'With all my heart' he replied simply." It was a simple exchange; the God question is brought up maybe one more time. But it was incredibly meaningful to me to read it in a printed YA book. Religion is a touchy subject and is often just left alone, but it is an incredibly important part of my life, and in the lives of many other young adults and teenagers. Having a character who openly shared my beliefs, one who I could identify with, was really powerful. He was never ridiculed for it, nor was it made his defining character trait. He was kind, intelligent, brave, protective, determined, athletic, and Christian, and he could be all of those together. It just made me feel seen - represented. Representation matters, folks. I'm sure as far as minorities go, I'm not really a "minority," but as a religious young adult it feels like that sometimes (especially on the internet and in internet communities). If it's that powerful to me, how much more powerful would it be for racial or sexual minorities, as well as religious ones? I finally get it, and it's a good feeling. So props to this book for that, simple as it is, as well as everything else it did right.
Date published: 2016-12-15

Editorial Reviews

"For anyone fascinated with thoughts of omniscience and total social connection—and who isn't?—McArthur's debut suggests fascinating and chilling possibilities." —Kirkus Reviews"Equal parts dark and delightful, McArthur's stunning debut takes an awesome science fiction premise and follows it deep into the maze of the human mind. I loved it so much I was jealous." —Dan Wells, author the Partials series"A thrilling read from beginning to end, this stunning debut had me wishing I could record my memories to keep them safe! I was desperate to discover the thief while at the same time hoping the story would never end." —Elana Johnson, author of the Posession trilogy