Monday, 20 January 2014

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Pages: 370
Publisher: Random House
Released: 11th of September 2012

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

What I Have to Say

After reading Team Human, Sarah Rees Brennan was an author I was really interested in checking out. I have heard good things about her and I wanted to see if she was as good on her own as she was co-writing with Justine Larbalestier. She didn't disappoint me. 

In Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan shows the same ability to create realistic, quirky and original characters as the ones in Team Human. Kami and Jared and the others are so lifelike but at the same time completely awesome. They're the sorts of characters that you could easily see yourself wanting to be friends with. 

The relationship between Jared and Kami was also completely fascinating. It would have been so easy for them to have found out that the other was real and just be completely and utterly in love. That is what I expected. That was not what happened. Reality is never as easy as in stories, but the best stories show difficulties that are just as hard as real life. And Unspoken is definitely one of the best. 

Add in the magical elements and you can see why this book is one of my new favourites.

1 comment:

  1. Welcome back! I really love this trilogy - it has all the feels. Can't wait for the final book!