Unbreakable is the first book in The Legion series by Kami Garcia, co-author of Beautiful Creatures. This review has no major spoilers, unless predicting the outcome of a love triangle counts as a spoiler. I give this book a 3/5 star rating; I didn’t love or hate it. It had an interesting concept and a creepy atmosphere. The action scenes came thick and fast and it was a fun book to blow through right before Halloween, though I found the romance aspect extremely tiresome.
Kennedy, the protagonist, is thrust unsuspecting into the supernatural world, learning she has inherited a position in a demon-hunting secret society, and is understandably a little shook up about it. She makes mistakes, learns some things and finds how to apply her talents to her new role, experiencing some character growth. Like I said, the story has a pretty great concept.
What killed the book for me was the frustrating and completely uninspired love triangle. Mostly I’m just so sick of this same style of love triangle turning up again and again and again (and again) in every single book I read lately. This, I understand, is partly my problem for reading so many of them. However, I do like some love triangles. I even like some predictable, repetitive love triangles, but unfortunately, this is not one of them.
Kennedy is a relatively tough and brave person yet she completely lacks any self-confidence when it comes to relationships. I get this. She’s young and has had a bad experience, not to mention a terrible abandonment by her father, I can understand her reluctance, yet her interactions with Jared and Lukas are extremely tedious. They’re both in love with her basically instantaneously and it’s suddenly a major conflict of the book, even though much bigger things are going on and they’ve all only just met. It’s a little too soon for do or die romances. Plus we all know it’s gonna be Jared in the end, even though they can never actually talk to each other about it unless their lives are in immediate danger. It is ALWAYS the brooding, damaged one with the electric fingers. It is NEVER the nice, friendly guy (though Lukas is annoying in that he is overprotective, but still).
Aside from the romance, I liked pretty much everything else about this book. The other two supporting characters were fun to have around. The demon-hunting secret (even from itself) society was cool. Kennedy has a big mystery to figure out about her parents, and the ending of this installment was unexpected and set up a hell of a ride for next time.
I give this a weak recommend. If you’re super into ghost hunting, you’ll like it. If you like The Mortal Instruments, you’ll like it. If you’re sick and tired of insipid love triangles, consider skipping it.