July 23, 2015
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy: Book One) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy: Book One)
by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass has learned a few lessons in her 17 years. Prominent among them? When you can talk to a boy named Jared in your head, don’t do it for too long and don’t let anyone else know. If you do, they’ll think you’re crazy.
But Kami can talk to Jared. He’s been with her as long as she can remember and she’s been there for him. Tough times are a bit easier when you have a friend.
Then Jared shows up at Sorry-in-the-Vale, the town where Kami lives. Have a friend talk to you in your head is strange enough. Having him standing in front of you, tall, blond and oh-so handsome is another. It’s clear from the start that Jared is a bit of a bad boy, but Kami already knew that. What she doesn’t understand is why he keeps shying away from her.
Jared and his family have been gone for seventeen years. Kami doesn’t know that the deal is with the Lynburn’s but she knows it can’t be all good. Even her mother is suspicious of them and immediately forbids Kami from seeing Jared.
Then the killings start. Could it be Jared? That’s what her mother seems to think. Kami can’t stand that thought but she doesn’t want it to be someone she grew up with either.
That’s it on the plot. I don’t want to give too much away.
Don’t be fooled by the cover. While I love the use of silhouettes and shadow, something about this felt one very “old-time” to me. Not old as in Victorian but quite possibly 1950s little girl. The main character in this book is a full-fledged contemporary teen.
As always Brennan has done an amazing job in weaving together a world that is both contemporary and recognizable, but also fantasy. Her characters are wonderfully complex with a mixture of good and bad in each. Yes, you’ll have to look a bit harder to find the good in some of the antagonists but it is there and includes a frighteningly rigid code of honor. Break this code and, even if you are one of them, you’ve gone too far.
This book will probably appeal a bit moe to girls than to boys because of the romance element but it is not a girly book. As always, Brennan deals with some tough themes including loyalty, honor and honesty. Because of the darker elements, this book might not be a good choice for a sensitive tween. But for a reader who is ready to explore the dark side of humanity in a safe venue, this book is a must.