Readalong: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan [2/3]

Hello, hello! Welcome to the second readalong post for “Unmade“, the third and final book in Sarah Rees Brennan’s bewitching trilogy, The Lynburn Legacy.

This week we’re tackling Parts 3-5 inclusive–some of the hardest chapters of the book, IMO.

Brace yourselves!

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]

 

 

Oh, and also, SPOILERS ABOUND! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Discussion:

I have no words for the (major) character death that happens in these parts. The character that I felt sure was Out Of The Action, the one that seemed Most Likely To Be Secretly Immortal, was killed by Sarah Rees Brennan Rob Lynburn. It was hardly an unnecessary death, but I still keep re-reading that whole bit, trying to find an out because what the hell is life without Rusty Montgomery?! He was literally too pure, too good for this world, my sweetest of cinnamon rolls.

Hmm, I guess this wasn’t so much a Discussion section as it was a There Isn’t Enough Chocolate In The World To Stop This Pain, but I really don’t care. This is my second time reading “Unmade” and Rusty’s death made my cry all over again.

Notable Moments:

  • I guess other stuff also happened in these three parts. *gathers self* Um, oh yeah, Rob reaches new heights of evil by trying to burn Kami’s house while she and her family are still inside.
  • Jon tries to rush into the burning house to save his wife, but Lillian grabs him and does not let go: “What good will it do for you to die too, for your children to be orphans? […] Do you think I value the life of this wretched woman over the life of my boy?” “Do you even know her name?” Jon demanded. “Do I care?” Lillian demanded in return. “Possibly I would have learned it if she had not been so busy making profiteroles for the traitors in Aurimere!” Y’know what Aunt Lillian, same girl. Saaaame.
  • Confidence is a great look on Holly, who is already pretty damn gorgeous: “You mean you doubt me … you really shouldn’t.”
  • Shortly after this moment, Holly meditates on why she doesn’t care that Angela isn’t “nice”: “[Holly’d] felt like being nice cost her something, even if it was just feeling a little bit lesser, every time she smiled without meaning to.”
  • There’s a funny/sweet moment involving Kami and Jared and the mention of her “unmentionables”. I liked it. There’s something about Kami’s entire romantic subplot(s) that is very body positive for curvy/fat girls.
  • Kami learns the truth of what happened to the last person who tries to be Source to two different Sorcerers. She decides, for once, the truth is better left undiscussed.
  • Bad move, really.
  • Because of the fire, Kami had to borrow a dress from Angela and since the dress is too small for Kami, it clings in a way that feels all wrong to Kami. Ash tells her she looks great, but Brennan provides some insight into why this was precisely the wrong thing to say. I just … I feel this so much. I’m not a small woman by any means and when something I wear makes me uncomfortable, I need genuine compliments far less than I need fake ones.
  • A creepy moment with Ash when Kami tests his grip on her wrists and he doesn’t let her go. I can’t remember what I was watching recently that said it the best, but this is one of the small things that make me love Jared far more than Ash: give me an honest scoundrel any day.
  • The scene ends on an even creepier note of Ash mentioning that he knows what Kami “wants” because he “can read [her] thoughts”. Yikes, yikes, and yikes. Kami explains that it’s not what she “wants”. It’s what she chooses that matters.
  • Henry. Freaking. Thornton. The sweet, Jewish, vegetarian, reluctant Sorcerer on Team Good who–okay, at some point did point a gun at Kami, but has since learnt the error of his ways–is murdered. I genuinely thought this was the worst of it.
  • Until, of course, Rusty dropped by with his casual “hey, Kami, catching even some of the rays of your love changed me and made me want to be better” stabbed me in the heart.
  • *unravels* That is, until he actually sacrifices himself, and then I was murdered for real.
  • By the by, have you guys heard of Komako Kimura? Here, read up. Glad Kami mentioned her.
  • Holly makes a clumsy attempt at sharing her feelings for Angela. It’s really just bad timing, I think, poor thing.

Favourite Quotes:

“I hear girls like bad boys. I hope that’s true,” Jared said. “Because, baby, I’m bad at practically everything.”

Hands down, still my favourite quote on re-read.

You thought my mother was one of the people who would do it, who lived to serve you. But she is more than you thought she was. Everybody in this town is more than you think.

I am hoping the same holds true for all of us non-fictional folk dealing with decidedly non-fictional villains.

“Hey, Angela,” she said. “Want to come with me to the graveyard?”

“I absolutely do not,” Angela told her. “But I’ll see you in ten minutes.”

The measure of true friendship.

She refused to look at the ruin that was Rusty’s body. She looked only at him.

Sometimes you read books that gut you and you reach a point where you feel like you don’t have any more tears to cry …

I don’t care if you were wrong or right. I don’t care about good and evil … All I care about is that my brother is dead and it’s all your fault.

… but Brennan has this disturbing (awesome) ability to find the very last reserves of your tears and harness its power for evil.

“You never stop. You never do.”

“That’s right. That;s who I am. I won’t stop for anybody … but I will for you,” said Kami … “You’re my sister.”

“I’m nobody’s sister anymore!”

Brennan writes some of my favourite emotionally charged scenes in YA. They never feel overly dramatic. In fact, they’re often not dramatic at all thanks to that clever sense of humour she employs. Which is why moments like these hurt that much more.

You don’t have to be my sister, and I know it doesn’t make up for anything, but I’m yours, I’m yours. I love you and I won’t stop loving you even if you hate me, I won’t leave you, I won’t want to, nothing you ever do or say will ever make me turn away from you. And that’s family, it is, it has to be.

Remember when I said “true friendship”? When was the last time you read words like these shared between friends?

The way he made you feel, the way he felt about you–they can’t wipe it away … It was too much. They don’t have the power. Nothing can take that from you.

Jared is just the best, okay? He tries hard and get stuff right.

If you didn’t hear [the word ‘no’] from me a lot, there was a reason for it. I wanted to say no to the whole world, until you.

Seriously, I cannot stress how much I love Kami and Angela’s friendship. It kinda hurts, I love it so much.

And that’s all for now. Thankfully? I think we all need a break after that rollercoaster death ride made entirely of tears. See you next week for the last two parts (and epilogue) of The Lynburn Legacy. 
We’ll be okay.
Eventually.
I hope.

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

TO BE LINKED: “Unmade” Posts [1] and [3]