Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Published by: Little, Brown
After reading the sequel, Unmarked, I realised I hadn’t written a review for Unbreakable, the first in The Legion trilogy. Unmarked brought the plot flooding back, which I think is a really successful element of a second book, but bare with me if this review is a little sparse…it has been over a year since I read this! Still, it’s worth mentioning what a fun and fast paced beginning of a series it was, and it deserves credit that Unmarked doesn’t match.
P L O T
What really intrigued me was the beginning. Kennedy, the protagonist, stumbles across a graveyard and has a supernatural experience with a poltergeist. It was such a snappy start, and really drew me in!
As the book unfolds, we discover that Kennedy’s mother was part of something called The Legion, with three others, and as a group helped to protect the world from demons. After tragedy, Kennedy and The Legion’s offspring must take up their parents’ roles in saving the world.
With lack of preparation, because Kennedy had no idea a demon world existed, she joins well trained Priest, Alara and twins, Jared and Lukas, who are skeptical about her abilities to help.
There’s a love triangle, there’s some conflict and there’s mystery reminiscent of National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code. Sounds good, right?
R O M A N C E
Priest is the youngest, so he’s out of the running for Kennedy’s love interest. But Jared and Lukas, now there are two eligible bachelors. And, if you can’t create a love triangle with non-related teens, that only leaves the twins to both have affections for Kennedy.
Lukas is friendly and more open with Kennedy, and therefore the one I was rooting for. He didn’t patronise her and supported the fact she had no idea what she was doing but was still a valuable member for the team.
Jared, on the other hand, takes the stereotypical bad boy role. Depending on your tastes, this could swing in his favour, but I thought he was a bit of a jerk. Of course, the bad boy always comes with more sexual attraction and tension, making him Kennedy’s favourite and leaving my poor Lukas in the dirt.
It’s a guessable love triangle, but no one writes love triangles to be original or true to life. I don’t hate them, but really, twins falling in love with the same girl? What are the odds?
G E N R E
I will say that Unbreakable did well in fitting with its genre. The Legion have demon hunting equipment and tonnes of salt to shake away the evil vibes. They seemed like a very legitimate demon hunting team.
I loved the trail of clues the team had to follow, and how each character got a minor starring role. Each showcased their strengths which was nice, and I especially liked Kennedy’s turn to pick up the clue. It was all very dramatic.
But, like the romance, a little cliche. Kennedy being a good artist was very reminiscent of Clary from The Mortal Instruments. Her relationship with Jared was like that of Katy and Damon in The Lux Series. And this is what affected my rating so much…although it was fun, it felt like I’d read it before.
V E R D I C T
I’m giving Unbreakable a solid 2.5 stars because it had a lot of good things going for it, but it didn’t really stand out amongst its peers.