Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy, #3
Sorry-in-the-Vale has come under siege, with Rob Lynburn taking control of Aurimere and demanding the town offer him a sacrifice. To defeat him, Kami has become Ash’s source. In the aftermath of battle, Jared, the boy she’d been linked to her whole life, gave himself over to Rob to save Kami’s brother and his aunt. Unwilling to accept she’s lost Jared forever, Kami will do anything to get him back. With more people succumbing to Rob’s will, Kami is more desperate than ever to save her town. When Kami discovers a way to gain more power in order defeat Rob, she must decide how much she’s willing to give up, because defeating him may cost her everything.
“She lied to herself because she did not know how she would put herself back together if she fell apart.”
Unmade is the gripping conclusion to Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy series. I’ve been holding on to this book for the past year because I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to this amazing series. Brennan is highly skilled when it comes to writing complex characters. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how each character has evolved over the course of three books, how small characters have become an intricate part of the story, and how characters you found off-putting have become ones you can’t help but like. Kami has come a long way since the beginning pages of Unspoken, when she was just a girl with an insatiable hunger for the truth and a drive that was infectious. Sacrifice has been an important theme throughout the series, and in this final book Kami must decide what she’s willing to give up in order to save the people she loves.
Jared is another character who has undergone a lot of changes, and his character development is perhaps the most rewarding. He’s always considered himself unworthy of being loved and struggled to connect with the members of his family when he’s always felt like an outsider among them. Throughout the course of the series, Jared has leaned to care about other people beside Kami, to see the value in others, and eventually finds his own worth apart from the girl who once defined his entire world. Brennan really knows how to let secondary characters shine. The people in Kami’s life are more than placeholders, they have real fears and desires; sometimes you agree with them and sometimes you don’t, but they are all incredibly well-developed. They exist on their own apart from the protagonist and I love seeing everyone interact with one another. From the wonderful friendship between Kami and Angela to the humorous interactions between Jon Glass and Lillian Lynburn, there’s something to love about any number of combination of characters.
My only real criticism for this final book is that these characters have been through so much, they’ve had to make sacrifices and lost people they loved, and I felt they deserved more than a chapter or two of happiness. Sarah Rees Brennan has an amazing ability to make you laugh and cry in the span of a single page, to make you smile and break your heart at the same time with this final book being no exception. I’ve enjoyed Kami’s journey immensely and am looking forward to Brennan’s future projects.