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.


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

  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!

  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!

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