Sunday, September 23, 2012

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman

Series: Unwind (bk. 2)

Genera: Sci-fi dystopian

Subjects: survival, fugitives, revolutionaries, organ transplants

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 402 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Rating: êêêê

My Review: After reading the first haunting book, I never expected a sequel, or a whole trilogy. Unwholly managed to be better than the first book. It had a lot more funny quote, and added new characters with the one we already loved. I still like Conner and Risa above all. The new characters are very complex. I can tell that the author put a lot of work into character creation. Cam is like a rewound Frankenstein monster. I liked how he talks in metaphors/associations at first. Very creative idea. It was fun to figure out what he meant before reading Roberta’s interpretation.  And Lev being treated like he’s a saint later on. It’s pretty funny, but there’s some sad stuff in hear. A lot of stuff worth discussing it you ever had a book club. We get to find out how Unwinding came to be a way of life. The history and organizations that changed everything. Also, there’s a part later on with interviews of Risa and Cam that reminds me of the Hunger Games. And there advertisements that the author wrote and placed in the story. Very interesting stuff. I also like Conner running the Grave Yard. It kind of reminds me of the Gone series, and the new character Starkey is kind of like the psychopath who’s trying to take Conner’s place.

The only complaint I have is the format of chapters. It took me days to read because there’s no space really between chapters. Only in the parts.

I recommend this series to anyone who likes a good dystopia of a scary future.

Cover Art Review: Creepy shattered Frankenstein face! That’s Cam! I like the title type face, though. I don’t like the red author bar.


~Haley G

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I just did a review on this book too and I had like extremely different opinions to you! I followed you though, and if you have a button I would love to do a button swap. I would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog and follow me back. :)
    - Laura