Thursday, December 5, 2013

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
2012, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Book 2 of Unwind

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: Simply amazing. Unwind did not need a sequel. While it was a bit open ended, the story was perfect on its own. Unwholly was unnecessary. Except it wasn't. It was completely mind blowing. It took Unwind a step further, into an awesome place I never imagined. Risa's story line was science fiction gold. Absolute perfection. Nothing else was needed to convince me this book was spectacular. And then Lev's journey. Just wow. Everything in Unwholly made complete sense in the world it was set in.

The Bad: Not a thing.

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