Thursday, November 13, 2014

UnDivided by Neal Shusterman

Series: The Unwind Dystology (bk. 4)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Thriller

Subjects: fugitives, organ transplants, revolutionaries, survival, resistance to government

Setting: Near future, throughout the United States

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV, present tense. Alternates between many characters including Conner, Risa, Lev, Cam, Starkey and others.

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 372 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary/ product description: “Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.”

My Review:  UnDivided is an epic finale to the Unwind Dystology. It brings together all the character, showing us their perspectives (in 3rd person, present tense). Conner and Risa are living in Sonia’s basement, and Lev is with the Chancefolk. Starkey is leading his storks to take down harvest camps. Cam is in Hawaii. They all make decisions and do things that either help end Unwinding or egg it on further, even unknowingly.

This series is so complex, I can’t even begin to unwind it my self. Neal Schusterman is an awesome plotter and storyteller. He adds horrors to this dystopian series. I find the characters to be interesting and different from each other still. This being the fourth book, no new characters are introduced except a guy who sells unwind parts. There’s so much going on.

There’s so much that seems familiar, yet you’d never think that people today would support something like this. There are quotes from article in this book about human trafficking or kidney and other stuff that relate to this book. This could actually happen if medical science ever has these capabilities. I sure hope this kind of world stays fictional.

As far as series ending go, this was a great one. Compared to the Maze Runner’s final book, the Death Cure, or even Allegiant, or Mockingjay, UnDivided both horrifies and amazes me with how thing worked out. I was worried for the characters. That makes it a page-turner and a thrill ride. When a book care scare you, yet you can’t stop reading, it’s doing its job. I don’t know what else to say. You won’t be disappointed if you’re a fan of the series. Or maybe you will because you never want it to end. Unwind started out a standalone and then a planned trilogy and now this quartet. It’s nice to see it end the right way. If you never read this series and are a dystopian fan, then you’re missing out on some important literature. It’s you liked Michael Grant’s Gone series, it’s written in a similar way.

Cover Art Review:  A better cover than all the previous books, I think. Love the stitched up arm of Liberty. Symbolic and illustrative at the same time.

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