Readalong: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan [2/2]

Hello! Welcome to the final discussion post for “Untold”, the second book in Sarah Rees Brennan’s awesome trilogy, The Lynburn Legacy.

Sorry this is so rushed, you guys, but this way, we have time for the last book, “Unmade”, this year. And that one, well, that one moves along pretty quickly. Mostly because you need to know if all your babies are okay. (They’re not. But that’s for you to find out, I suppose.)

Anyway, for those of you who have forgotten:

It’s time to choose sides …

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be? — [X]

Discussion:

Continuing the theme of Oh Man This Is So Timely And I Don’t Know If I’m Impressed Or Sad, a lot of interesting things happen. Including, oh hey, it looks like the Bad Guy won this round. Kami and Lillian–pretty much the main faces of the rebellion against Team Evil–have to live with the fact that people trusted them to lead Team Good to victory, but as it turns out Lillian’s plans are terrible and got a lot of people killed. And Kami’s doing her best, but her best just wasn’t good enough this time. How do you live with the feeling of having let everyone down? Well, I guess we’ll see in book three.

Notable Moments:

  • Ash and Jared discuss their feelings, the way the dudes ought to more often. Fewer punches. A little chirping. It’s all good now.
  • (Or, is it?)
  • Jared and Kami sort of figure out their relationship. It’s sweet.
  • (For a while? Who knows what tragedies the next book will hold!)
  • Claire Glass has Issues. You can’t help but feel what Kami feels: a mixture of love and sadness. Claire is doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons, which makes her pretty hard to dislike.
  • Lillian and Jon in the same room together is all kinds of wonderful.
  • (For me. Not for them so much.)
  • Jon basically forcing Lillian to remember his name by calling her every “L” name he can think of is all kinds of brilliant. His motto is basically “Do No Harm. Take No Shit”.
  • (Except, that kinds changes in the next book.)
  • Kami refusing to hear everyone’s “If I Should Die Fighting” speeches because she is determined to pull everyone out safely is my favourite.
  • Kami becomes Ash’s source in a ditch attempt to win the battle. She kinda hates it.
  • Jared tries to play it cool, that he doesn’t mind this new development, but he kinda hates it too.
  • And then he does a bunch of reckless things that I don’t mind him doing because poor Ten, Kami’s brother, needs a rescue.

Favourite Quotes:

It was like they were in different worlds entirely, trying to tell each other about what they saw.

It only makes me laugh because for Kami and Jared, this is completely new territory, but for every other couple in the history of time, this is every day.

She isn’t real. You have to see that, The people who can’t do magic, who aren’t connected to the earth, they aren’t real. Not the way we are.

The scary thing is that Rosalind, Jared’s mother, genuinely believes what she is saying. It’s the same in real life, isn’t it? Bigotry is easy because it comes from a place of dehumanization.

And that’s all for now! Next Friday, we start on “Unmade”! Grab your tissues and get ready to stress-eat!

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

TO BE LINKED: “Untold” Post [1]