5 stars · science fiction · series · young adult

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

 

Unsouled

Unwind Dystology #3
Book 1: Unwind
Book 2: Unwholly

author : neal shusterman

pages : [hardcover] 404

memorable quote Hope can be bruised and battered. It can be forced underground and even rendered unconscious, but hope cannot be killed.

favorite characters : connor & risa

summary :

The story that began with Unwind continues.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

review :

I am so in love with this series! I went into this book thinking that it was going to be the end because I’d heard it was a trilogy. About halfway through I found out there’s another book and I’m so happy! I think there’s so much more that can be done with the characters and as with every book in this dystology thus far, the ending perfectly sets up events for the next book. But Unsouled, like the other Unwind books, is anything but predictable. There are so many twists and turns that I don’t even know where to begin this review.

There aren’t any new voices to hear from in this third installment. Book two brought three additional unique viewpoints to the trilogy and apart from a few sections here and there, Unsouled didn’t introduce anyone major. In fact, one important character from book two isn’t in this novel at all . . which makes me hope that she’ll be in the next one! I can hardly imagine what she’s been doing throughout the events of this novel. Because they’re crazy.

I absolutely love the pieces of propaganda scattered throughout the novel because they deal with the events the main characters are directly involved in. But the people reading these announcements don’t have firsthand experience and can’t tell which companies and organizations are lying to them. I can’t imagine how I would react to some things, in a world like this. Organizations are pushing for unwinding of criminals, voluntary or not. They make all of these arguments about not wasting tax money on prisons and giving prisoners with life sentences a chance to give back for the crimes they’ve committed-they’ll even be giving to their victims’ families. These organizations are making this terrible invention seem so appealing when they don’t even care about how terrible it is to the people they’re literally tearing apart.

These are books that I’d recommend to anyone. The writing is powerful and brilliant; it isn’t too fancy but it leaves a poignant punch. The characters are all extremely different and all represent different facets of the unwind problem as well as the world in general; they’re different ages, genders, come from different walks of life. Even though these books are very dark and deal with difficult material, they’re just amazing to read.

Unsouled was a great third addition to this dystology and left me wanting more. I didn’t find it boring or lacking in pace; I can’t wait for book four!

5/5 stars

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