Readalong: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan [1/3]

Well. This is it. Hope you—my probably imaginary audience, plus Nafiza—are all ready for the heartbreak that is “Unmade”, the final book in Sarah Rees Brennan’s brilliant trilogy The Lynburn Legacy.

For those who need a reminder, here’s what happening now in dear old Sorry-in-the-Vale:

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most. — [X]

We’re starting off slow with this one—looking at just Parts 1 and 2—so if anyone wants to join in later, you can easily catch up.

And now, on to the fun parts!

Discussion:

Rob Lynburn has officially taken control of Kami’s beloved town. Kami’s mother herself has surrendered and now serves Rob Lynburn and his sorcerers. Kami fears for her family, fears for her town, fears for Jared, Ash, and herself, but stays true to her beliefs nonetheless. Kami is basically my hero.

However, can we please also talk about Holly Prescott for a second? Because her entire family willingly joined forced with Rob Lynburn. They weren’t forced or bullied into it. They chose it. Which makes choosing to stand against them pretty damn brave too. I like that, even though Kami or even readers don’t often talk it, Kami’s courage rallies most everyone around her.

Notable Moments:

  • Kami is not adjusting well to being Source to Ash Lynburn. I really like how it’s explained here: “Kami had always wanted to be in control of herself, she had never wanted anyone else to try to control her. Ash didn’t mean to, but his cautions and misgivings were constant obstacles in her path.”
  • Speaking of not moving forward, Jon and Claire Glass—Kami’s parents—may need to make some time for couple’s therapy. But I can see why and I feel Kami’s sadness and fear at the prospect of her parents splitting up for good. Like the drama between the younger couples, nothing is fixed with a romantic monologue and a Disney kiss and I appreciate that.
  • I hadn’t realized when I first read “Unmade”, but it’s been a whole month since Jared was seen last. He rescued Kami’s brother in the last book and then his father stuck him in a tomb for a month. Yep. A month. In a hole in the ground. With a dead guy. Can someone please hand all my fave characters some puppies and ice cream now?
  • Kami manages to keep her good spirits despite the terrible things the happened in the last book and keep happening. There is a rather elaborate plan that involves attacking Rob Lynburn at his mansion by launching a bunch of ducks at Aurimere: “My message will be: Look at all the ducks I give.”
  • Weirdly, even though this isn’t a very Kami thing to do, I enjoyed reading Kami’s hardass moments. She has never had a lot of patience for cowards and now, in a time of war—and it is very much a war type situation now—Kami has absolutely no, um, ducks to give. In these moments, I am again reminded that Kami could very easily step over to the dark side. You realize, when reading characters like her, that being “good” takes a lot of hard work.
  • Jared and Kami share some sweet, romantic moments together, but Jared makes a rather drastic decision about them and whether there even is a “them” aaand I’ll allow it. Just this once because the boy was in a hole for a month and maybe he’s confused, okay?
  • Holly insists they “DTR” i.e. Define Their Relationship. Or, if you’re Kami, Don’t Taste Repltiles.
  • Kami basically decides to define her relationship with Jared by calling him a stream of ridiculously funny pet names, including “dream canoe”.
  • Rusty continues to be a warm, radiant light in this mess. Any scene with him, Jon, and Lillian is the best.

Favourite Quotes:

“We cannot see evil and say nothing. We can’t see people murdered and do nothing,” Kami said savagely.

Unfortunately timely, or what? 🙁

Angela took one look at the alter and curled her scarlet lip. “Goddamn sorcerers,” she said. “It is the goddamn weekend.”

I do so love Angela.

“You crazy girl,” Angela said. “Other people name their children after their best friends, I am going to name my ulcer after you! I am going to be forced to drink milk and take antacids and abstain from spicy food, and every time I want Indian takeout I will shake my fist at the sky and shout, ‘Damn you, Kami.’ Don’t ever do that again.”

No, really, I couldn’t count the ways in which I love Angie because there are just too damn many.

Enough, she though, enough, enough: nobody was allowed to make her this unhappy.

Yes, Kami, but are you talking about Jared or Sarah Rees Brennan?

“Don’t waste time blaming yourself when you can spend time planning how to destroy our enemies.”

Jared is right; this is the best thing Lillian could have said and it needs to be embroidered on a pillow.

And that’s all for this week, folks. Next week, we cover Parts 3-5. Prepare yourselves. Come with chocolate, maybe.

LINKS: “Unspoken” Posts [1], [2], [3], and [4] // “Untold” Posts [1] and [2]

TO BE LINKED: “Unmade” Posts [2], and [3]

  • The Book Wars

    Staaaaaahp it, you are going to talk me into reading the whole series and I don’t wanna! (Except now I kinda of do want to? Noooo!)

    – J

    • Yash K

      Yep. This was my evil plan all along. ^_^