5 stars · fiction · series · young adult

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman


Unwind Dystology #2
Book 1: Unwind

author : neal shusterman

pages : [hardcover] 402

memorable quote “Words don’t hurt you.” Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain.

favorite characters : connor & risa

summary :

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simltaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

review :

I couldn’t wait to start this book because I absolutely loved the first book, Unwind, and was eager to continue the series. Not only do we get to see familiar characters from book one in this continuation, there are also a trio of new voices to hear from. While I absolutely loved seeing Connor, Risa, and Lev again, I was also intrigued-maybe horrified-by the other perspectives I could read from. It’s amazing to see how many different opinions formed about the controversy over unwinding.

The perfect image of unwinding is beginning to fall apart in the world and all of the other issues that have been lying just beneath the surface are beginning to spring up. Yet Connor, now leading the Graveyard, cannot easily start a resistance against the people who are allowing teenagers to be unwound. I love the take that this book made because while the teens aren’t alone in all of this, there are so many forces working against each other that it appears almost everyone is truly powerless.

There were some twists in this book that I wasn’t expecting! I knew that it was going to be fast-paced and action-packed because that’s what I’ve gotten out of all of the books by Shusterman I’ve read thus far. I absolutely love his writing style. I can never predict what’s going to happen. I’m definitely picking up the third book in this series . . which I thought was going to be the final novel, until I found out that there’s going to be a fourth book! I’m so excited!

This is a series I’d recommend to anyone who’s looking for a serious, kind of disturbing read with lots of fantastic characters and a great plot. I can never get enough of Neal Shusterman and Unwholly definitely doesn’t disappoint!

5/5 stars


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