Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Unspoken is a delightfully fresh novel – the first in the Lynburn Legacy series – written by Sarah Rees Brennan. The story’s main character is Kami Glass, a girl whose wish is to be a journalist. While a seemingly normal dream, Kami is definitely not an ordinary girl. She shares a special bond with a boy her age who lives in America, far away from her home in Sorry-in-the-Vale, England. They talk constantly, albeit through a connection in their minds. I know, it sounds a bit clichéd, but I can assure you that the relationship between the two is one of the driving points of the entire book. Very early on in the story, Kami upturns something quite shocking that changes the way she lives her existence. Still, she manages to overcome the initial awkwardness and continues on with the school paper, where she and her friends try to discover the secrets surrounding their village. Eventually, she learns of a secret that could cause devastation to the most powerful family in the entire town, the Lynburns. And that’s just the first plotline.
I was super duper impressed by how in-depth the characters were. Sometimes, there is that feeling that the author almost had it right, but still left the people in the book rather two-dimensional. Kami was a strong, female character with so much spunk and sass that I could imagine her as a flesh-and-blood human being. Sarah Rees Brennan also did not neglect her other characters – again, sometimes writers only develop the main protagonist and refrain from molding his or her supporting cast. All of Kami’s friends had deep back stories and changed in some way over the course of the book. It was just a wonderful feeling to have everyone get from a certain point in their lives to another, rather than just have one strong character and a bunch of ‘background noise.’
Unspoken is considered a fantasy. I am quite partial to that genre, so decided to journey through the novel’s reddish-pink covers. Surprisingly, it was not that fantastical at all, until close to the end, where it suddenly became magical. The story was amazing even without being what it was ‘supposed’ to be and I wouldn’t ask for any changes. So, whether you like books with a tad of magic or not, I’m sure that this book would be perfect for the avid reader.
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