December 6, 2012

[Review] UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) by Neal Shusterman

In Unwind (the first book in this series) Neal Shusterman created a futuristic world that is both horrific and compelling; where, after a long, bloody war between Pro-life and Pro-choice armies, a compromise was made stating that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively “abort” the child in a process called “unwinding.”

Unwind was written as a stand-alone novel, but the author, deciding that he just couldn’t leave it that way, turned Unwind into a trilogy. Five years after the release of the first book, UnWholly is born. I approached this sequel with much trepidation – hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. The result? UnWholly completely captured my attention, exceeded my expectations, and left me eagerly anticipating the third installment. I was quickly caught up once again in the story of AWOL Unwinds trying to survive and desperately fight a system that sees them only as parts to be harvested.

Told in multiple points of view, UnWholly brings back the characters from the first book and introduces a new set of characters, including a futuristic Frankenstein—a teen made entirely of out of the parts of other unwinds. UnWholly offers more detail about how unwinding became a way of life, dives deeper into political issues and continues to blur the lines of morality, all while taking the reader on a well-plotted, fast-paced story of survival filled with danger, intrigue, and even a little bit of romance.

In my experience, it’s rare that a novel can include so many sensitive issues, challenge your ideas about life, and NEVER feel like the author is pushing his own agenda; Neal Shusterman manages to do that.

Overall, UnWholly is a strong follow-up that is just as unrelenting and horrific as the first book.

Movie tidbit: This series has been optioned by independent producers for development as a feature film.
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4 comments:

  1. Whoa. Sounds awesome. I bet it's going to be a good movie.

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  2. I'm totally loving the concept of this series. Sound kind of heavy, but relevant to the times. I'll have to look this author up and explore this series a little more fully. Thanks for the review!

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  3. I love this trilogy! I just hope that the release day for the final book will be sometime in 2013. The time span between the first two was huge!

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  4. I just started this one. It's GORGEOUS. Yes a book can be gorgeous. Just ask me

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