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Two sisters. One death. No memories.

Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what t
Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Skyscape
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Imagine living in an age where your every movement is recorded, where artificial intelligence can be used to help or hinder, where humanity seems to be drifting into some kind of great abyss because a sophisticated computer interface holds all truths.

Cora awoke to a blank in her memory and those missing moments happened the night her stepsister died. Was Cora responsible as many thought? Was she the awful daughter/stepdaughter that her parents believed? Was she the troubled one or was she the s
Wowsa! This was a well written psychological thriller-type story. I'm used to Sarah Fine including heavy issues, like abuse, in her stories. This one was heavier than her other books, without the lighthearted humor. Examines deep stuff, like what it means to be human.

Cora is missing hours of memories. She and her stepsister, Hannah, had been drinking. Around 5am, she turns the home AI system back on and authorities are notified. Hannah's broken body lies in a pool of blood at the bottom of the
"We'll make our own normal, one that fits just right. Was that too therapisty?"
"It was actually kind of beautiful."

There's no denying that I love this author's writing. I have always loved how she weaves such dark, real, raw, elements into her fantasy (and now scifi) works. UNCANNY is pretty close to contemporary, probably as close as we'll ever get from her, except for the fact that it's set in the future and there are many scientific advancements and elements at play in society.

"Sometimes I t
Malina Skrobosinski
"What are we without our memories?"

So this one reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror. Times have changed, technology has advanced... the use of a Cerepin, a sophisticated brain-interface computer allows your every interaction to be recorded. Think of Alexa, Siri, or Cortona attached to your brain, recording your actions. It's kind of terrifying really.

Cora, a troubled teen finds herself in an even more troubling predicament. Her step-sister, Hannah, is tragically killed when falling dow
Pippa DaCosta
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was pure brilliance!
A stunning suspense thriller.
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
2.5 / 5

DNF at 45%

Really cool concept with the cerepin recording your entire life, very Black Mirror but I just can't get into this. Rafiq as a weird love interest is strange to me and I don't really like the main character.

Neat idea but I'm not fond of the execution. Might try some other works by this author and see how they hit me, though.
VERDICT: 5 YA stars (4.6 rounded up), or 3.75 Adult stars. One of the better Young Adult books I read in 2019.

SUMMARY: Mean Girls, Memories... and Maybe Murder

This near-future is a mostly believable one, where most people have a small device stuck on their heads that can (optionally) record experiences, and also provides the functions of modern smartphones (and then some). Fortunately, people are allowed to turn the darn things OFF, and recordings are private property unless the owner decides t

Uncanny's setting is a frightening future that doesn't seem too far off...with integrated AI controlling almost every aspect of our lives.  Always watching...always learning.  Despite having some eww moments with some AI/human love, I ended up really liking this.  This story is infinitely thought-provoking and deals with a lot of existential type principals.   The narration was mostly well done, despite the annoying level of screechyness that Bailey Carr's
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read #1
Started on April 26, 2018
Finished on April 29, 2018

Dang. This was messed up af. But a big page-turner. Some of it I guessed, and other stuff I didn’t. Very good intro to Sarah Fine’s writing—can’t wait to pick up more books from her.
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank NetGalley and Skyscape and Two Lions for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

I have enjoyed it although I think it may haven't been my cup of tea


3/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

This story is catching, I can't deny that I have been so intrigued during the course of the plot, because in this book you never know who to trust in and that fact keeps you interested and wanting to find out all the matter. I l
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
--- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. ---

I find the title of this book particularly well found, because this book was strange, disturbing and clearly Uncanny. We follow Cora, who has just lost her sister Hannah, she has no recollection of the night when she died, in parallel, we saw some flashbacks about the relationship between the two sisters and the latter was not always beautiful.

What is interesting is precisely this relationship, it is unhealthy in my eyes and
Sue Wallace
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Uncanny by sarah fine.
Two sisters. One death. No memories.
Cora can't remember when her step sister died. Did she do it?
Or was someone else there?
A very good read with good characters. Even I was unsure if she did it or not. Didn't expect that. 4*.
(view spoiler)

I had a hard time at first with the book. Cora was all over the place, in both reactions and thought patterns. It made it difficult to understand the narrative and try to recreate that August night. But I guess that was the point. The story is well mapped out to slip tiny information along the way, just enough to keep you hooked but never enough that you figure out t
Stef White
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first requested this book from Netgalley, who kindly agreed to send me it for review, I thought it sounded amazing, I was not wrong.
I mean wow, this book!
This story messes with your mind. It started a little slow and very confusing but as we got further into the story I was just drawn in. I needed this mystery to be solved.
I loved the futuristic element to the story, but also that it didn't play on that too much, it was first and foremost a very compelling mystery.
The relationship betw
Lovely Loveday
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this suspenseful science fiction novel. It is one that I could not put down! This fast pace read will make you question your every move and every conversation you have. When computers take over your every thought trouble and drama are bound to happen. This novel takes you an a roller coaster ride of thrilling suspense that is perfect for this time of year. A great book to read while snuggling in bed with a hot cup of tea and the lights on. Overall, a remarkable read fro ...more
Jessica Kocan
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book!! When I requested it on netgalley I thought the description was interesting so after I was approved I quickly downloaded it and started reading right away. I thought the beginning of the book was ok, then it started to annoy me, and then all of the sudden it was like BOOM and everything started happening. So many twists and turns plus I'm a sucker for a mystery,and the end.... I definitely recommend this book to people who like mysteries, but if you don't like death or negativity I su ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
***ARC provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange of honest review***

I thought that I had this book all figured out after only reading the blurb about the book. I wanted to read it to see if I got it right and was interested in reading a sci-fi thriller. I think that the author was very creative in her approach to this genre. Even hours after finishing this book, I have been able to think of more things that were subtly creative about it. I think that other readers will be able to enjoy t
I recently ordered a bunch of new books, and I had to get this one. It was in my to-read list for what feels like ages. The story looked so different and original, incredibly dark and twisted, and that eerie cover immediately made me fall for it.

Except the book itself was nothing like that, and I'm terribly disappointed about it. I don't have much to say about it, as it left me too cold and detached to have real, strong feelings about it.

First, the book in its little 300 pages, feels incredibly
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Implanted communication has been being perfected since before 2015 so that was not unbelievable Having the ability to be traced is disconcerting but not unbelievable as the government has the capability of that now. I liked the canny being able to have free will and choosing his manner of death and believe robots of that sort is our future. His part in the book was also unexpected.
The ending of the last few pages did surprise me and that rarely happens and was one of the best parts of the book.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By: Sarah Fine
I was asked by the author or publisher to give an honest review of this book.
I give this one 4 tiaras:

I liked this book and read it quickly. I have some likes and dislikes of this book. Overall, this book was a good and quick read.
This book is more of a book set in the future a few years. It has more robots, us being monitored more, and more. There are many ways to keep memories and videos of what we see and do every day. This comes into play for the young girl, Cora,
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars

Although it's not labeled, this is a companion book to Beneath the Shine. It takes place in the same world and the characters and events are even referenced in Uncanny. But this story is completely different so you don't need to read Beneath the Shine to enjoy Uncanny.

In fact, the world of Uncanny is a bit different with emphasis on personal computing devices, artificial intelligence and privacy rather than social media. In fact, there is so much to set up about this world,
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Uncanny is the story of Cora and how she has to both come to terms with the death of her stepsister and the fact that she was the only person with her when she died under suspicious circumstances. In a future world where everything is recorded and mainstreamed the events of that night are nowhere to be found. With Cora unravelling under the pressure of blame it is up to those around her to both protect and ex ...more
3.5. I liked this ... I found it just a tad hard to follow at times, and I'm still not 100% what exactly happened in those questionable moments. I was listening to the audio edition while multi-tasking, and that can keep me from complete concentration. Being on Kindle Unlimited, I did also have access to the kindle digital copy, and I glanced over it a time or two to try and clear some things up for me, but the timing jumps around a lot, so it is little hard to try to find certain sections to re ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
In this science fiction mystery, Maeve decides to marry Gary, a wealthy businessman. This makes Maeve's teenage daughter, Cora, and Gary's teenage daughter, Hannah, stepsisters (who become sisters when Gary adopts Cora). Hannah and Cora could not be more different. Hannah is beautiful, put together and popular. Cora is either autistic or mentally ill, and an unpopular mess. The sisters try to get along, but Hannah really doesn't like Cora, and sneakily undermines her. Cora is more blatant in her ...more
Becket Warren
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just Mind-Blowing

Sarah Fine’s Uncanny is a wonderful, deeply distressing, emotional read. I read this psychological thriller in a single sitting. Cora, CC to her mean girl sister, is a teenage heroine in a Washington DC of the near future, one in which cybertechnology has advanced rapidly but old traditions like flying kites and watching the annual Independence Day fireworks display are still in vogue.

The action of the novel takes place after a horrible night of tragedy at the home of Cora and
Vicki Ramirez
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a title like Uncanny, I wasn't sure what to expect from this new book by author Sarah Fine. I have enjoyed her previous series and looked forward to new things from her. This book is a great addition to her already great storytelling.

Uncanny is the story of Cora, a teenager who is found home alone with her Stepsister, Hannah. The only problem is Hannah is dead, and Cora can't remember what happened that night.

The interesting part of this book, is how the story is told. In Cora and Hannah'
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so good! So it takes place in the future and a lot of the story revolves around future tech and AI. There's a lot about privacy (or lack thereof) and ethics revolving around the advanced technology used (which is pretty interesting in itself, for me anyway). Everyone who isn't AI in this story essentially has a smartphone built into the side of their head (what they refer to as a Cerepin). The stor
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame
This was a read that kept me riveted from start to finish. With such a heart-racing beginning, and a deeply intriguing plot that follows, I really enjoyed this novel.

I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I was thrilled to find it was a thriller (LOL, couldn't help myself.) The feelings of anticipation and shock I had while reading this were on par with what I felt while reading The Girl on the Train, so a high compliment. Fine kept me guessing towards the end, and brought forth heaps of sympathy
Charlotte Burns
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this one up second and was so gripped I read it until the early hours of the morning with no respect whatsoever for having to get up early for work. The opening just made me want to know everything, immediately.

The technology in Uncanny is really advanced and intrusive. People have implants that they carry around streaming "feeds" into their eyes, they can record anything they want, and their houses monitor their every move, unless you can override them. The novel is in part a commentar
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing. I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting much at first from what seemed like yet another “did she or didn’t she” unreliable narrator book, but it definitely won me over. The gradual build of suspense and revelation was very well done - I feel like I gradually, at just the right pace, and very naturally figured out that (view spoiler). There were a few thin ...more
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