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Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

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After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Seraphina will be powerless to stop. Sera’s only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating
the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.
After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Seraphina will be powerless to stop. Sera’s only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating
the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

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Published by: mackidsbooks on Jan 13, 2014
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The 󿬁re is hot and relentless, rising up from a thicket of
smoldering ash. Lashing at my feet. Filling my eyes with smoky tears of defeat.The 󿬂ames hungrily stare me down. Like a wolf licking its lips at the sight of an injured animal. Savoring the promise of a feast. Taking its time before moving in for the kill.The wood crackles beneath me. One by one, branches are crushed, incinerated to black dust in the path of the merciless blaze. I am its only target. The sole destination. Everything else is a mere stepping- stone along the way. A dispensable victim to demolish and cast aside as it 󿬁ghts its way to me.I search my surroundings desperately for help. But there is none to be found. Silence answers my distress. Punctuated only by the mocking
󿬁 zzle
 and
crack
 of the 󿬂ames.They can’t let me die here. Their prized possession left to burn. To shrivel up. To turn to bitter ash. They won’t. I’m sure of it.They will be here soon. They will stop it.
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And for the 󿬁rst time in my shallow, abridged memory, I will welcome the sight of them.The smoke billows up, cloaking everything in a sickly haze. My vision— normally 󿬂awless and acute— is gone. My throat swells and burns. I wrench my head to the side, coughing. Choking. Gagging.One ambitious 󿬂ame forges ahead of the others. Winning the race to the top. It claws at my bare feet with long, gnarled 󿬁ngers. I curl my toes under and press hard against the wood at my back. I can already feel my skin start to blister. Bubble. Scream.And then I 󿬁ght. Oh, how I 󿬁ght. Thrashing against my con-straints. But it’s no use.And that’s when I realize . . . no one is coming.The 󿬁re will consume me. Melt the 󿬂esh right off my bones. Turn my entire manufactured existence into nothing but grimy dust to be carried off across the countryside with the slightest breeze.The wind shifts and the smoke clears for long enough that I can just make out a tall, hooded 󿬁gure standing alone on the other side of the river. Watching silently.The 󿬁re 󿬁nally catches my skin. The pain is excruciating. Like a thousand swords slicing through me at once. The scream boils up from somewhere deep within. A place I never knew about. My mouth stretches open on its own. My stomach con-tracts. And I release the piercing sound upon a city of deaf ears.

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