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Shusterman, Neal

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"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 and, in the same stroke, 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 expand, allowing the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished. Cam is a teen who does not exist. He is made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds. Cam, a 21st century Frankenstein, struggles with a search for identity and meaning, as well as the concept of his own soul, if indeed a rewound being can have one. When a sadistic bounty hunter who takes "trophies" from the unwinds he captures starts to pursue Connor, Risa and Lev, Cam finds his fate inextricably bound with theirs"--

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012
ISBN: 1442423668
Characteristics: 402 p. ;,22 cm


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Aug 28, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It surprises me how much this author can make me feel so strongly against a fictional topic. I mean, practically throughout this entire book, I felt this burning, spinning ball of anger in my stomach directed against the whole support and process of unwinding. There's nothing good about it. It's just the killing of kids. Ugh! Anyways, I thought the story-line was really well, the whole thing with Risa was an interesting development. I love how (Spoiler!) Lev and Connor end up on the road again. The whole Graveyard issue just made that ball of anger grow. It was just so terrible. The new characters were compelling. Miracolina seemed like she was a more stubborn version of Lev in the last book, and I liked how her story kind of ended (or did it?). I did not expect Nelson. Wow. I thought it was really interesting to have him be apart of the story. Then there's Starkey. I wanted to punch him so bad. The whole sad mess at the end of the story is his fault, yet he still think he is justified or something. And poor Trace! Ugh not looking forward to Starkey in the next book.
Overall, this was a pretty good book, and I would recommend the series.

Nov 20, 2013
  • claralex800 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ugh, Cam. Ugh, tithes. Ugh, blackmail. Ugh, segregation. Ugh, people without souls. Aside from that, this book was great. Not sure I'll be reading the last one though. And, because repeating it is good; UGH, Cam.

Jul 16, 2013
  • Stiefvater rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love this book so much, but I have to admit the first one was a little better. Neal S. has really learned how to do Ken Follet style pretty well. He's switching back and forth between characters that are all tied up together. I love how while one character is stuck with a major problem and then we're moved on to the next character with an even bigger problem. It really keeps the book moving and the plot twist even tighter. This is not a disappointment at all as I expected it to be. The series is developing really well and I can't wait for the finale!

May 11, 2013

I highly recommend this book, however PLEASE read “Unwind” before you read “Unwholly”! Overall, I think that the first book was better, but only by a small margin; “Unwholly” is a great continuation of “Unwind”.
I feel like “Unwholly” would make a great movie! It is full of everything that a movie needs: unique and complex (but believable) characters, a little bit of romance (but not in the mushy kind of way), suspense, plot twists, and a central issue that makes the audience/readers really think (without getting a headache). This book is by no means a horror story, but it definitely has its dark moments.
Like “Unwind”, this book focuses on one character at a time every chapter. I really like how this allows readers to watch the overall storyline fall together from many different locations and perspectives throughout the book.
Shusterman does something very interesting in this book; he includes short news articles and public service announcements throughout the book that support unwinding. I like how this really made me think about the issues present in this book. While most of the characters are against unwinding, and with good reason, Shusterman gives readers a chance to decide for themselves whether or not unwinding should continue in this society.

Mar 31, 2013
  • kaylabrown1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Amazing read. Couldnt put it down.

Mar 21, 2013
  • enbeea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

margaret_harms, the third book has not come out yet. The second one was released only recently.

Nov 06, 2012

"This long-awaited sequel to the suspenseful, gruesome Unwind finds Connor, Lev, and Risa's fates are inextricably bound with that of Cam, a sort of futuristic Frankenstein's monster who was built entirely from the parts of other teens, as the morality of the practice of "unwinding" is finally called into question. (In this bleak future, trouble-making teens can legally be sedated and kept only technically alive while their organs are harvested for transplants.) Tense, disturbing, and full of twists that will make you desperate for the next volume, UnWholly is just the thing for fans of provocative dystopian novels - but be sure to read Unwind first!" Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter

Oct 24, 2012
  • EndsWell rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Although not as compelling as Unwind, Shusterman develops the plot in some interesting ways and introduces a few intriguing characters. I'm still on board to read the next one.

Oct 11, 2012
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Shusterman is at his best when he is creepy. Unwind is one of the best YA books I have read in the last 5 years; UnWholly stands up quite well. In fact, it might be even creepier than the first. The unwinding process is further explained, as well as how we really got to that point. The scariest part of all? It isn't that implausible.

The new characters meld well with the old. There are enough references to book 1 to bring everyone up to speed. And, while I think I have figured out the plot twist that is likely to come, I still can't wait for book 3.

Sep 03, 2012
  • BookFaerie27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unwind was among the most creative and thought-provoking books I've ever read, so imagine my excitement to hear that it was to be turned into a trilogy! I finished Unwholly in under a day and I am impatient for the next one. Neal is an amazing author and I plan to read many more of his stories. I love the oldies Conner, Lev, and Risa, and I love the new Cam and Miracolina. Starkey, well... Read and find out!

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Aug 28, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 04, 2013

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Jan 08, 2013
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Oct 11, 2012
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 28, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Some kids die

Nov 20, 2013
  • claralex800 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Shooting of kids, houses being burned down with families inside, pilot being left inside a plane to die, the fact that a thing has be made from Unwind body parts...


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Dec 04, 2014
  • w4b4g33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"But laugh, laugh, laugh Hayden, because if you ever stop laughing it might just tear you apart..."

Aug 28, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Milestone! This is a momentous occasion," he tells her cheerily. "It should be witnessed by a friend."
She throws him an icy gaze, and he does a verbal back pedal.
"Aaaand since no friends are present, I'll have to do.”


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