Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

October 23, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Unmade by Sarah Rees BrennanUnmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 25th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 370 pages
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Purchased
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4.5 Stars

Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

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.

Brennan’s third instalment in the Lynburn Legacy takes us on a journey to uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of Sorry-in-the-Vale and overcome the biggest threat the village has seen in centuries.

What I love most about this series is the way that the story sways between poignant character moments and zinging one-liners. Like the earlier books, Unmade is darkly funny. The cleverly delivered humour was responsible for waking up my husband more than once while I read this at night, trying to stifle my giggles. I think it’s a perfect way to counter the horrible, heart-wrenching things that happen in the book. Here’s an example:

“What do you need the ducks for?”
“I’m going to put a whole bunch of them in a giant catapult and launch them over Aurimere,” Kami said. “This will create a distraction. My message will be: Look at all the ducks I give.”

The humour doesn’t detract from the amazing character development, which has been another favourite aspect of mine from the very beginning. Of note are Lillian Lynburn’s thawing out from ice queen into a human being, and Holly’s journey to self-acceptance and self-love. Kami’s incessant and often harsh criticism of her town’s willingness to bow to Robert Lynburn, even at the cost of innocent lives, changes throughout the novel once she realises what sacrifices really mean. Jared and Ash have mirroring story-lines of self-discover: neither of them had really had to think about who they were before Unspoken because they’d accepted their roles as Bad Boy and Golden Boy respectively but when that was taken away from them they’ve had to start thinking about the kinds of people they want to be.

Stylistically Unmade is quite similar to its predecessors, and I enjoyed it despite initially expecting it to be paced faster than Unspoken and Untold. I think the pacing worked well for the kind of story it is, but other readers may find it slow and meandering. The book will still shock you, with many of the characters having to sacrifice something before the end, but I was disappointed in one aspect of the ending because it felt like Kami, having not appreciated love or loss for so long in the trilogy, was able to fix everything for herself.

I really enjoyed Unmade and think it is a poignant and fitting conclusion to the magical tale that Brennan has woven for us over the years. This is my favourite kind of young adult fiction, and I have enjoyed my journey with these amazing characters and their creepy gothic world. I strongly urge readers who enjoy darkly humourous tales of magic and wonder to pick these books up, I don’t think they will disappoint.

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