Readalong: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan [1/2]

Hello, Hello! Welcome to first discussion post for Sarah Rees Brennan’s “Untold“, book two of the The Lynburn Legacy series!

After a much-needed break, I’m back to tackle the last two books in the series and cry along with you for all the heartache that is about to be inflicted on these characters that we know and love. That is to say, we will be participating in the full Sarah Rees Brennan experience together. Onward!

This week, we will be discussing Parts 1-4, leaving the other three parts for next week. The fast pace is mostly because I’d like to wrap this series’ readalong before 2017, but also because the pacing of “Untold” doesn’t offer much time to recover our breaths. So, let’s get started, shall we?

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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:

There is a lot that happens in these four sections of the novel, but nothing resonated with me as much as Kami’s dedication to telling her story, to telling the truth about her town, to making sure that people acknowledge that something is not alright. I feel like “Untold” is a timely story to read because Kami is all about recognizing oppressive forces, speaking up so others can’t ignore her, speaking up so others get a chance to make a stand too, and eventually fighting back.

Also, looking at current events and marvelling at the fact that I do, in fact, get the rebel I’ve always wanted/needed: a woman of colour, who despite the odds, is the spark that ignites a rebellion. It seems true to real-life.

Notable Moments:

  • Scarecrows! Attack! People! And as with my first reading of “Untold”, I’m a) deeply in awe of Angela, especially when she takes a scarecrow’s head off and b) appreciative of Jared’s response to Kami’s predicament by handing her a weapon instead of a rescue.
  • We properly find out what some of us have been suspecting all along regarding Jared’s parentage.
  • Jared makes a bad decision and nearly drowns because, well, he’s Jared, I guess.
  • He also makes the wrong lipstick choice. On a somewhat related note, Kami tells her team of a way that allows them to block the influence of sorcerers. Naturally, it involves quite a bit of theft and some of the best dialogues in the book.
  • Lillian Lynburn is tactless, but I love her. Especially when she talks about crushing her husband.
  • Kami’s father finds out the truth about magic and the havoc wreaked to and by his family. It seems like the Glass family is starting to crack, but Kami and Jon are united in their decision to stand against Rob Lynburn and his scared, power-hungry followers. The moment that Kami and Jon clean up their marked front door is one of my favourites in “Unspoken”.
  • Two cases of mistaken identities; I’m mean and I do find them funny.
  • Kami knocks a dirty cop on his ass and it is glorious.
  • Kami and Ash, Jared and Holly, and Ash/Rusty/Jared in an imagined scenario, have brief but meaningful romances. I’m kidding about that last one, but these two couples make some things very evident. I especially liked the conversation that Holly and Jared have because they’re both characters who love deeply but have a deep self-loathing as well. Seeing them broach the subject was encouraging.
  • The word “bisexual” is actually said, huzzah!

Favourite Quotes:

Knowledge is power. Knowing this is power: me telling you this is power, for me and for you.

Kami, can you write articles for real newspapers too?

Kami concentrated on the scarecrows going by and scribbled: “Write in your notebook to avoid this awkward moment!”

I love that Kami and Angela are working on being more communicative and I like that we are shown how there is no non-messy, non-awkward way to do this.

Every act of defiance counts. Every call to arms that people hear matters. I believe that.

For the next time someone belittles your efforts to fight back. Especially if that someone is like Lillian Lynburn who calls Kami “useless” on more than one occasion.

Kami was frustrated by the way Ash talked about magic, as if it was the possible power she could have …

Glad someone mentioned it–different people are capable of wielding different kinds of powers

I don’t want to say I’m sorry, as if a guy hitting on a girl is a compliment and a girl hitting on a girl is an insult that should be apologized for.

Angela, my hero.

Now you know you can hurt me,” she said. “So don’t.”

I just love that Kami is oh-so-straightforward about these things.

And those are my thoughts on the first half of “Untold”! Let me know what you guys thought in the comments! As always, you don’t have to address every single thing I’ve written here, just what you felt/thought as you were reading. 🙂
Join us next Friday for discussion of Parts 5, 6, and 7 of “Untold”!
Happy weekend, readers!

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

TO BE LINKED: Post [2]

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