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UnWholly (Unwind) MP3 CD – Audiobook, November 3, 2015
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My only complaint which is very minor is the improper reference to clips when clearly referring to magazines. I know the colloquial language of the modern world may interchange them but it isn't correct. If thats all I have to say agasint this book then you should know how much I enjoyed it.
That said, as I read further, the book took on a new life of it's own with character surprises and details that were introduced and then explained later. I like surprises when I read and this book had a number of them.
There were things in the book I didn't care for. The writing itself was sometimes briefly annoying. I also didn't like the character of Starkey. Other brief parts just didn't seem to make sense. Those parts may be cleared up in the next book.
Alll in all, I really enjoyed this book. I finished it last night and have already downloaded the next book in the series. If you liked Unwind, I think you should read this one!
While this book closed strong and opened with a scary look at the mindset and propaganda surrounding unwinding, there were so many unlikable characters that made it hard to get into this book.
The book opens with Connor running the Graveyard with Risa and Hayden still there as well. Lev finally has some happiness living with the one brother that didn't act like a total jerk in the last book, the only brother who found the idea of tithing a child creepy. Of course none of this lasts.
Lev's contentment is shattered, and the rest of his worthless family turns their backs on him. He ends up at a safe house of sorts for saved tithes, in a god-like position that he is very uncomfortable with. He also meets one of the horrid characters, Miracolina and seems to feel like it's his mission to save her.
Miracolina is a self-righteous tithe that continues through the book to not believe that there is anything wrong with sacrificing children. Her holier-than thou judgmental attitude was like nails on chalk board.
Starkey was a stork set to be unwound who uses extreme violence to not only escape but to wreck havoc in and around the Graveyard eventually bringing it down. Then he lives in what seems like an impossible manner - really don't want to hear more about him.
The creepiest is Cam the rewound boy. At first I felt sorry for him, but his arrogance and the stalker y manner that he goes after Risa are disgusting.
Had the next book in the series been the last, I would have bought it and started already, but it looks like it's not, and I don't think I can bear these new characters much more.
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Of course nothing can be simple when the might of the authorities are on your tail and it might even be the case that the Graveyard is serving a different 'economic' purpose than its inhabitants assume. There are good guys and bad guys aplenty both within the authorities and the AWOL teenagers. Power famously corrupts but possibly not quite as much as the pursuit of power.
A fascinating chimera, a 'cut-and-shut' in motor industry terms is introduced- a young 'man' called Camus has been cobbled together from the parts of hundreds of unwound teens. But if you've never lived as a whole, can you live as the sum of your many and varied parts? Is he a multi-coloured, multi-talented Frankenstein figure or is he worthy of compassion and sympathy like everybody else?
I liked the approach of including 'clippings' and adverts about unwinding as it offered multiple perspectives on the pros and obvious cons of killing children to recycle their body parts. When a society has come to expect to have such a supply of parts, won't they get up in arms when that supply is threatened? And how can big business keep the prices high when 'parts pirates' are setting up in opposition to the official harvest camps?
The Unwound series is interesting, thought provoking and hard to imagine ever happening whilst staying only slightly outside and beyond what we know of today's world. If it's true that prisoners in Chinese jails are euthanised for their body parts, then how much further might such atrocities be allowed to develop? If the USA can continue to lock up a higher proportion of their population than any other country, how long before the cost of keeping the bad guys under lock and key turns into an opportunity to make money from such a liability?
Ultimately, it's a YA series that scares 'a bit' without going into the realms of true horror and I'll be looking out for offers on the next two books because I still want to know where my Wholly friends are headed next.
After bringing the characters together in the last book and building the relationships this book either separated them or started breaking the relationships down. I didn't think that the book concentrated enough on the characters from the first and I also didn't feel the same urgency or sense of purpose with this book.
It was still a good book and I really like the world that Shusterman created and the fact that we're beginning to get more of an idea of the history and politics, I just found it slightly disappointing.
Favourite character: Risa
Favourite quote: "'Words don't hurt you.' Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain."
Cannot believe I have to wait another two months for the next one!!!
We watch as Connor fights to keep everyone alive, Lev fights against becoming king of the tithes and Risa sacrifices to keep everyone safe. We meet a new character who I have a feeling is going to play a huge part in what is coming, but is "he" a "he" or an "it"?
These books are truely though provoking, and an intriguing subject.
Normally, the second book in a series seems, to me, to be the weakest link - not so for Shusterman. He knows how to keep you reading, and I waved goodbye to productivity from the moment I opened the book to the moment I closed it!
I recommend it .