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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

UnWholly (Unwind #2) by Neal Shusterman

It’s finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Unwind, which Publishers Weekly called a “gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller.”

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.

Released: August 28th 2012              Pages: 416
Publisher:Simon & Schuster             Source: Library
This series is extremely relevant right now.  Personally, I think the author and/or the publisher timed the release of this book very well.

Because that's the beauty of this series--it makes you think.  It asks hard questions and puts beliefs to the test.  It takes bioethics to a whole new level.  Some of the ideas are shudder-worthy.

This book follows the story of our old friends Connor, Risa, and Lev, all likable and fleshed-out (I definitely should not have used that.  No, I shouldn't have.) characters.  Lev, especially, is three-dimensional and stands out like a real person.  It also introduces some new ones, like Miracolina and Cam.  I don't know what to think about Cam.  I suppose that's how Neal Shusterman wants it.  I'm utterly appalled by Cam, but I feel sorry for him.  It's not his fault.  And Cam raises even more questions that I don't have an answer for.  That I don't think anybody has an answer for. 

Frankly, this book bothers me.  As it should.  I don't think a human being can read these books and not be bothered.  But at least...there's no freaky unwinding scene in this one.  Yay.  That scene was necessary to the first book, but I'm so glad I didn't have to read another one.

Story-wise, this wasn't my favorite book ever. Yes, it was compelling, and yes, I liked the characters. The third-person, present tense narration is quite awkward and annoying in places. Still, it's definitely worth a read. I'm not sure how to stop repeating myself on this: it makes you think.

I enjoyed this.  Or, well, I, um, appreciated it.  Because some parts aren't really enjoyable.  So I didn't enjoy it, but I did, but...  We're going to stick with "It's a good book.  Recommended."

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