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UnWholly (Unwind Dystology) Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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"Shusterman continues to develop and expertly twist plotlines begun in the first book, picking up the pace with short chapters and a present tense narrative while interspersing for verisimilitude actual recent news items about real organ harvesting and abandoned and “feral” teens. Perfectly poised to catch the Hunger Games wave and based on an even more plausible dystopian scenario...Fans will want to get their hands on this the second it’s released."— Booklist
* "Smart, intense, and thought provoking, this series will stick with readers." (VOYA, starred review)
“Shusterman elegantly balances the strikingly different perspectives of the three main protagonists effectively, and these dissimilar approaches to life highlight the ways in which the larger world grapples with unwinding. …The high quality of UnWholly will inspire readers to go back to see what was missed as well as stoke anticipation for the final book.”—Horn Book
Thematically rich and packed with action, commentary, and consequences, this is a strong pick for dystopia fans that will also appeal to reluctant readers. (BCCB)
"This sequel to Unwind is well worth the wait...the characters, action, and drama make it easy for readers to be drawn into the story and the weighty issues, such as what it means to be human and what it means to sacrifice for others. Several plot twists at the end not only make for a satisfying conclusion, but also expertly set the stage for the final installment of the trilogy." (School Library Journal)
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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman takes place a little after the end of Unwind. We are immediately introduced to a new character, Starkey, who is undoubtedly going to be the villain of the piece, who vies with Conner (our protagonist from the first book) for leadership of the Unwinds. We are then in short order introduced to new characters in the next few chapters-- all who have eerie resemblance to the ones we all know. Miracolina is the poster child for a tithe, a person who is raised to be unwound. She is our new Lev. And so on. The story revolves around these new characters, and the struggle of Connor, Risa, and Lev to keep their ragtag band of teenagers safe from being unwound. It's a thankless job. The most unique addition to this group is Cam, a composite created from many Unwinds, taking the best from them and putting them all together in one being-- a modern day Frankenstein. I believe that this introduction saves the book.
I don't know if Shusterman had the intention of doing a trilogy at the beginning. To me, it feels like he wasn't ready to leave this fascinating world of the Unwinds, and it was undoubtedly a runaway success. But this installment has the feel of being a bit tacked on, rather than its own story. I feel that for the first half, we see the first book retold from very similar characters, and from an evil character that is not very interesting.Read more ›
This is the sequel to UNWIND, which introduced us to the concept of misbehaving teens getting their comeuppance via stormtroopers visiting in the dead (heh) of night. All the thugs need is the signature of Mommy and Daddy -- parents who just don't know what to do with their out-of-control, drug-taking, hard-drinking, utterly-defiant child. From there the 12-18 year-olds are farmed out to processing plants where they are harvested, such that their eyes could wind up in Tallahassee, their lungs in Seattle, their heart in San Francisco (sorry), their kidneys in Corpus Christi (I'll stop, I promise), and their liver in Poughkeepsie.
Variation on a Theme of Vampires, call it. Older, weaker, diseased vampires who suck the lifeblood out of the young and healthy. Age preys on youth, assisted by Uncle Sam. Remember "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and the quest for eternal youth? What of the Fountain of Youth? The precedents in literature and history are out there, certainly. "Oh, if I knew then what I know now," and "Youth is wasted on the young." No more.
But I digress. With UnWHOLLY, Shusterman shows his screenwriting chops. This is cinema waiting to happen. And he's upped his game. A lot of irons in the fire.Read more ›
I think Unwind is a rare gem in the dystopian genre. I also loved that Unwind was a thinking book. It tackled a tough issue, and from the reviews I've read, no one can decide whether it is a pro-choice or pro-life book. Readers complained both ways. That is the mark of a great book.
UnWholly is an action book. Teens who are devouring these stories may love it because of that. I wanted more substance. The author tried. He gave more background about what happened to bring about unwinding. Those who complained that neither side of the debate would agree to unwinding will probably be happy with the new information. The author also asked a lot of deep questions, but it made me feel like he was trying too hard.
We got some new villains. I thought that one was just a cheap copy of Roland who was thrown in just to have a villain and some action. The story would have been better without him. The other was decent, and I look forward to learning more about her in book three.
Those who complained about the many POVs in Unwind will find UnWholly even worse. I didn't mind the shifting around in Unwind. The device still doesn't bother me, but UnWholly just had too many stories. The one mentioned in the synopsis seemed like a side note.
This book didn't keep me up late reading. It didn't make me think. The characters didn't excite me. I didn't like the additional world-building. This book brought the trilogy down to a pure YA series instead of one that is worthy of a wider audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This sequel is amazing! I loved the interwoven plot with the characters that remained from Unwind! As they questioned themselves, I was questioning these characters! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Alicia Lair
I found this to be even better than the first book. The plot thickens with new characters and problems to face. I love what Shusterman does with the series.Published 1 month ago by Maureen Stroz
I was wholly wound up in this second installment of the series. After saying "one more chapter" to myself all night, I'm grateful to have today off work so that I can get some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Typical sophomore slump, but OH MY GOSH THE THIRD ONE IS AMAZING! Just get through it. It's not horrible but not the page turner like the first one.Published 2 months ago by Megan
Great series, the imagination of some people just blows my mind!!!!!!Published 2 months ago by Stefanie J. Davis
UnWholly by Neal Schusterman is the 2nd installment in the popular Unwind series. Since the revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, Conner is now the leader of the Graveyard, hidden... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Romich