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I read Unwind awhile ago and re-read it not too long ago to write a review on it. Around the first time I read that book I fell in love with it and didn’t know about any sequels. So imagine my surprise and glee when I discovered UnWholly.
A summary:
“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 simultaneously 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.” (taken from Goodreads)
This book is wonderful. Out of the sequels I’ve read lately (The Scorch Trials and Crossed) it is the best. There’s development of the characters, the new characters were interesting and added to the story rather than made me roll my eyes, and the things I learned about unwinding were interesting and make me want to know more! It’s everything I want in a sequel.
I’m not too sure how long after the first book this takes place but we start off with a brand new character named Starkey, who I love to hate. I’ve seen him described as a charming sociopath and while I don’t know to categorize a sociopath I can definitely say that he is smart, but only out for himself in the end, really to trample all under foot if it’d help him in some way.
Connor, my dear, sweet Connor is dealing with a lot in this book. He’s in charge of the entire Graveyard, working hard to keep all the kids safe and alive until they’re past the legal age of unwinding I like that Connor’s much more focused on planning thinking before he acts. Makes sense with the events of the last book and with the fact that he’s in charge of a ton of kids. But the weight of the world is on his shoulders, at least he thinks so. He’s simply thinking too much and has very little confidence in himself as a leader. But he works so hard and I really just wanted him to succeed! One thing I really liked was the relationship between Connor and Risa. It never over powered the overall story but it still effected these two leaders and it was so real, their concerns and frustrations rang very true for those characters.
Lev and Miracolina were also the best. Watching his relationship with her and how it grew in the short weeks (I think it’s weeks). The end of that relationship was perfect in my opinion. Couldn’t have done better.
Then there’s Cam, the rewound modern Frankenstein monster. A lot of stuff with him centers around whether or not he’s human or has a soul. I’m not going to talk too much about it because I think it’s best experienced first hand while you’re reading it.
Some plot reveals in this book kind of step away from pro-choice and pro-life stuff, moving in a new direction. I’m interested but I kind of wish Shusterman explored that a bit more. Anyways, onward to the third book!
My Rating 5/5

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I’ve read Unwind a couple different times now and I absolutely love it each time I read it. Neal Shusterman did such a good job creating this whole world with it’s broken system and…just, everything! I think it did such a god job.
The book starts sometime after the second Civil War. The war was over reproduction rights and the compromise was Unwinding– where the parents have to keep the child until they turn thirteen. Then between thirteen and eighteen they can be taken a part, their parts being donated to other people, that way they’re not ‘dead’. We meet our first main character, Conner, and he’s being sent off to be Unwound for being unruly. Our second main character, Risa, was “Stroked”– left on the door step of a family, like some kind of adoption– as a baby and was living in a Orphanage. She’s being sent off because she can’t continue in her profession and the last main character Lev is a Tithe (I believe that’s what it’s called) who was basically born to be Unwound. And they are all on the run.
I want to say that I really like the characters in this book, even the asshole characters. That’s never really happened before, there would be characters I didn’t care about or something of that nature but here, I love them all. Watching the main characters grow and change; going from being reckless to a leader, naive to someone who’s more street smart. The writing is also pretty good, it flows well and even all of the future stuff is well explain and explained simply, which I really like. It makes things easy to understand.
But one of the best things about this book I think is the world building. It’s detailed but not too detailed. I mean that, the story wasn’t bogged down with explanation,  it was natural within the text. You barely notice it. Which I think is a good thing, to not call attention to it.
I hope that makes sense.
But really, I love this book and I suggest that you all read it. Now, I’ve seen people talk about whether this book is Pro-life or Pro-choice and I’m not going to give my opinion on this matter. Pick up the book and decide for yourself!
Rating: 5/5

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