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UNWHOLLY
Author: Shusterman, Neal

Review Issue Date: July 15, 2012
Online Publish Date: June 20, 2012
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Pages: 416
Price (Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN (Hardcover ): 978-1-4424-2366-4
Category: Fiction
Series: Unwind
Volume: 2

After surviving the attack on the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, the heroes from Unwind (2007) lead the revolt against the Unwind Accord.
Connor, aka the Akron AWOL, now heads up the resistance at the Graveyard, an abandoned airfield where 700-plus unwind escapees live in hiding. His wheelchair-bound girlfriend, Risa, who also survived the attack, serves as the Graveyard’s nurse. Lev, a former tithe, now leads missions to rescue other tithes from unwinding and sends them to a camp where they can cope. Enter Cam, a schizophrenic, teenage Frankenstein built from the body parts of 99 different unwound teens. Shusterman mercifully supplies a Q&A at the front of this sequel to help readers fill in details from Book 1 in the trilogy. He also does an expert job of plunging them headfirst into his disturbing, dystopic and dangerous future world where teenagers are either handed over by their parents or kidnapped for “unwinding,” or organ harvesting. While the plot moves quickly, the work definitely reads like a sequel—a good one. Shusterman is obviously setting the scene for a big climax in Book 3, and his only fault is excess. There are so many new characters and plot twists and segues that readers may feel overwhelmed or confused, but that won’t stop them from turning the pages.
A breathless, unsettling read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012

"A breathless, unsettling read."--Kirkus Reviews

UnWholly.
Shusterman, Neal (Author)
Aug 2012. 416 p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99. (9781442423664).

Having floated a Modest Proposal to convert troublesome teenagers into involuntary organ donors in the
near-futuristic Unwind (2007), Shusterman uncorks his version of a Frankenstein’s monster for this middle volume in the planned trilogy. Constructed by the shadowy Proactive Citizenry from grafted parts of 99 gifted donors, and with a face that is a carefully designed patchwork of skin colors, Camus Comprix accepts his role as the centerpiece of a public campaign to expand the general “harvest”—until he falls in love and begins to develop ideas of his own. Literary antecedents aside, 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, this episode leaves its central cast of escaped teens in midflight, and should leave its target audience thoroughly discomfited.


HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It has taken almost five years for this sequel to the highly praised
Unwind to arrive, so fans will want to get their hands on this the second it’s released.

— Booklist, July 1, 2012

"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)

5Q 4P J S

Shusterman, Neal. UnWholly: Unwind Trilogy, Book 2. Simon & Schuster, 2012. 416p. $17.99. 978-1-4424-2366-4.

In the first book in the Unwind Trilogy, Shusterman introduces us to a world in which parents can offer their teen children to be “unwound,” physically dismantled, every body part donated to other bodies in need. While mostly it is troubled teens who are arrested and unwound under protest, some so fetishize “living divided” that they promise their children from birth as a tithe. Book two, UnWholly, follows the stories of various teens living outside of the law, many in underground sanctuaries for unwinds until they are eighteen and lawfully protected. Lev, Conner, and Risa face challenges both old and new as they continue to fight to protect threatened teens. While the government continues to crack down on resistance to unwinding and pirates continue to flood the black-market with runaway unwinds, there are also rescued teens who actually want to live divided, as well as newly discovered underground communities—both for and against unwinding—that emerge. There is also the matter of Cam, the first composite human. Combined, Lev, Conner, Risa, and others face an increasingly surveilled and hostile environment.
To add to the terror of this dystopic future, Shusterman includes real news pieces that show how society might be heading to an eerily similar ideological place. Various perspectives intensify the complex systems the protagonists are working against, namely the complicity with which average citizens accept legal policy. Smart, intense, and thought provoking, this series will stick with readers.
--VOYA August 2012

"Smart, intense, and thought provoking, this series will stick with readers."--VOYA, 5Q

“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.” (The Horn Book)

  SHUSTERMAN, Neal. UnWholly. Bk. 2. 402p. (Unwind Trilogy). CIP. S & S. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2366-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2368-8. LC 2012002729.
Gr 9 Up –This sequel to Unwind (S & S, 2007) is well worth the wait. Connor is now the leader of the Graveyard, a place in Arizona that serves as a refuge for “troubled” teens who escaped unwinding, a process where individuals are “divided” for their body parts. Risa is confined to a wheelchair and works as the group’s medical authority. She can only watch helplessly as Connor drifts further and further away from her. Lev lives under house arrest and ministers to jailed youths, trying to make his life mean something. Unwinding is still widely practiced, and the threat of government action hangs over all of the characters. Shusterman throws plenty of new conflicts and characters into the mix. Nelson, a “parts pirate,” will stop at nothing to hunt down Connor, while new guy Starkey wants to usurp him and become the Graveyard leader. Cam is made completely from parts taken from dozens of unwinds and is being groomed by a shadowy organization as the future of humanity. Like the first book, this one requires a large suspension of disbelief, but 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.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
SLJ, September 2012

UnWholly [Unwind Trilogy]

by Neal Shusterman

Middle School, High School Simon 402 pp.

8/12 978-1-4424-2366-4 $17.99 g

e-book ed. 978-1-4424-2368-8 $9.99

In this long-awaited sequel to Unwind (rev. 3/08), the complex feelings about unwinding (the legal policy of harvesting the body parts of unwanted or “bad” teens for transplant purposes) continues on all sides. Connor, Lev, and Risa are still caught up in the fray, though they each imagine what life would be like if they weren’t, in their different ways, viewed as representations of rebel causes but rather as ordinary teens. No one escapes unscathed in a world where most of society looks for excuses to kill kids for their healthy body parts (or at least turn a blind eye to it), but the storked kids, those who as infants were left on doorsteps and never given a chance to forget this fact, are particularly targeted, and damaged. These kids are given a sharper focus in this novel; it is a painful exploration that adds significant depth to the overall picture of what drives all kinds of teens in this dystopic society. 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. Readers who haven’t read the first volume will miss a great deal of nuance and historical context, though 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, Sept/Oct 2012

Shusterman, Neal UnWholly. Simon, 2012 [416p] (Unwind Trilogy) Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-2366-4 $17.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-2368-8 $9.99

Reviewed from galleys R Gr.8-12

In Unwind (BCCB 2/08), unlikely teen rebels Connor, Risa, and Lev made a stand against unwinding, the legally sanctioned practice of terminating teens (and then transplanting their organs) that serves as a form of retroactive abortion in the future. In the aftermath of their uprising, things have only gotten worse, with the authorities cracking down on runaway Unwinds and black market for parts booming. While Connor attempts to run the resistance movement (no easy task when it’s mostly made up of rescued delinquents), Risa is captured and forced to become a friend for Cam, a prototypical “composite human” made from the harvested parts of ninety-nine different Unwinds and the harbinger of what unwinding’s strongest proponents see as its future. Hitting the ground running, this sequel introduces a huge cast of new characters and explores the technological and political origins of the unwinding system in greater depth than the first volume did, showing how such a horrific system could become socially entrenched (a case supported by strategically placed excerpts of actual contemporary news articles).

Shusterman is not afraid to have his characters make unforgivable choices—the world they live in sometimes necessitates them—as they learn more about who controls the system they are fighting and try to defeat it. For now, the narrative reaches a satisfying climax in a complex high-octane battle among at least four different forces (including a splinter cell of unwinds who want to take over leadership from Connor).

Thematically rich and packed with action, commentary, and consequences, this is a strong pick for dystopia fans that will also appeal to reluctant readers. CG

--BCCB, September 2012

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)

Shusterman, Neal

UnWholly

2012. 416pp. $17.99 hc. Simon & Schuster. 978-1-4424-2366-4. Grade 7 & Up

Combine Golding’s Lord of the Flies with Lowry’s Gathering Blue (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) and you will be close to this second title in the Unwind Trilogy. The book addresses a society where troublesome children are dealt with by unwinding, the killing of and harvesting of their parts. They are selected by their parents as a way to get rid of a troublesome child, leading to a society where only the good and acceptable reach adulthood. This book focuses on a group of children who have founded a compound in the wilderness, governing themselves. This book considers the issue of who should survive, the one or the many. Readers will come to think deeply about the question of survival, and to what extremes one would go to for survival of themselves and loved ones. This book is a welcome addition to a science fiction collection, with threads of romance, adventure, and alternate universes which are closer to becoming reality. Sara Rofofsky Marcus, MALS Student, Empire State College, Bayside, New York [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.]

Recommended (Library Media Connection)

  "Readers will come to think deeply about the question of survival, and to what extremes one would go to for survival of themselves and loved ones. This book is a welcome addition to a science fiction collection, with threads of romance, adventure, and alternate universes which are closer to becoming reality. Recommended." (Library Media Connection)

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves. Visit Neal at StoryMan.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.

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