Thursday, January 10, 2013

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

It’s finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Unwind, which Publishers Weekly called a “gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller.”

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. (from GoodReads)

I was so excited when I discovered that Unwind is part of a trilogy - and also really glad I didn't read Unwind when it was first released, because there were 7 years between the first two books!

Luckily for me, UnWholly did not fall prey to the infamous Middle Book Syndrome; it was just as good as its predecessor. The stories of Connor, Risa and Lev are continued in UnWholly along with the addition of Cam (who is pretty much Frankenstein) and Nelson, the antagonist. Normally having a lot of different characters is annoying, but I enjoyed reading about everyone. Cam was definitely one of the more interesting plotlines, as it's super creepy how he was created, but he is his own person.

Pretty much my thoughts about UnWholly are similar to those of Unwind: the story is exciting and hard to put down and the themes continue to be thought-provoking. I'm definitely looking forward to the conclusion, which is supposed to be released sometime in 2013.

Rating: 9 out of 10.
FTC: borrowed from the library.

2012/Simon & Schuster/402 pages.

1 comment:

Stephanie Ingrid Sarah Kristan said...

Oh good! We had heard mixed things about this one, so we're glad to know that you enjoyed it. Still need to get our hands on this series... but maybe we'll wait until book 3 is out too. ;)