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Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan is an entertaining novel with a unique premise. While I did enjoy it for the most part, I don’t know that I’ll remember it in a year. Let’s take a look at the synopsis of this book on Goodreads:

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. Having an imaginary friend has made fitting in hard – but that’s never bothered Kami. She has her best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is just the way she likes it.

But all that changes when the mysterious Lynburn family return to Kami’s village, along with teenagers, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami…

As life as she knows it begins to unravel, Kami is determined to get to the bottom of every mystery. 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?

And can she trust him?

Unspoken has such a unique plot! I, for one, have never read a book about two people who have had a mental connection since birth. While Jared and Kami’s connection sounded awesome in the synopsis, it wasn’t explained very well in the book. I had a hard time understanding what all they could do through their connection. I knew they could talk to each other and know what each of them was feeling, but it seemed like they could see and hear through each other’s eyes and ears, as well. How is that even possible, though?

Another thing that didn’t make much sense was the fact that Kami and Jared thought that the person attached to the voice inside their head was imaginary. But wouldn’t it be easy to prove that their imaginary friend was real? Sending a letter or an email or even calling each other’s phones would have easily proven that they both exist outside each other’s minds. So why didn’t they? I just didn’t get why they didn’t try to figure out if the voice in their heads belonged to a real person or not.

***MINOR SPOILER IN NEXT PARAGRAPH***

I loved the banter between the characters in this book. I think my favorite scene was when Kami broke into a lawyer’s office to look for information. Jared’s idea of a distraction was hilarious! My favorite character was Angela. She was so disinterested in most people, loved to nap, and was protective of Kami. She wasn’t your run-of-the-mill best friend that you see in most books. But then again, none of the characters in Unspoken could really be considered normal.

There were a few typos in this book, as well as two scenes with continuity errors. One of the continuity errors occurred in Chapter 9. Angela is said to stand up from her chair in one paragraph and a few paragraphs later, stands up again. The other one happened in the scene where Kami brings Jared to her house for the first time. Before they go inside, Kami opens the door in two different paragraphs. While these errors were easy for me to spot, they weren’t distracting enough to jolt me out of the story.

***MAJOR SPOILERS IN NEXT PARAGRAPH***

By the end of Unspoken, I had accumulated several questions about things that weren’t explained well. First, why was Jared so reluctant to touch Kami? Was he afraid she’d turn out to be imaginary or something? Another thing that confused me was why Kami and Jared breaking their connection was such a big deal. Other people have made this kind of connection before, so there must be a way to get it back if they sever it. Maybe the bond can only be made once? Finally, I was very confused about Jared’s powers. He finds out he’s a sorcerer, then all of a sudden he’s adept at using his powers. Shouldn’t there be a learning curve? Why didn’t he have to learn how to use them or train with his family? It just seemed very unrealistic that he was able to control his powers so soon after he discovers he’s a sorcerer.

This book was interesting while I was reading it, but whenever I stopped to think about the plot, I realized it was very poorly explained. I am going to continue with the next book, partly because I’m invested now, and partly because I already bought the last two books in the trilogy. I give this book 3 out of five stars.

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Quotes I liked:

“Technically speaking, you drive like a rabid chicken who has hijacked a tractor.”

– 28%

Kami slept uneasily, plagued by bad dreams that felt as if they left stains on her mind as they passed through.

– 46%

“Also, you are typing like a maddened weasel taped to a keyboard.”

– 47%

Mum lifted her head and smiled a smile as bright as winter sunlight, and about as warm.

– 79%

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