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Mid-book review: UnWholly (Neil Shusterman)

UnWholly (Unwind, #2) 

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 simltaneously 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.

Ohmysweetgoodness! If you haven't read this series, you should slap yourself. Right now. I though Unwind was one of the best books I've ever read, but I was wrong. The sequel, UnWholly, is beyond words. I'm only half way through the book and it has blown me away. There are so many layers to discuss! I don't even know where the begin. 

If you read the synopsis, then you'll notice that this is a modern Frankenstein story. That's not the main plot, but it's certainly a huge element. I am absolutely blown away by the genius of Neil Shusterman. He has taken a dystopian novel and given it such a spin that it becomes a philosophical inquiry. The whole element of pro-life/pro-choice and deciding where life begins and ends is deep. Maybe teenage readers won't think that deeply, but I guarantee it will open a door for discussion. This is pure literary genius! 

When it comes time to write this full review, I don't know how I'll do it. How can you find words to describe such amazing characters and an intricate and deeply complicated plot that tells various "stories" independently, but somehow manages to make them merge into the ultimate climatic scene of all time? You can't. No amount of words and phrases will do this book justice. 

So move over Hunger Games and Twilight. When Unwind hits the silver screen, I will be camped out to buy tickets weeks in advance. I am declaring myself as the new Unwind fangirl.


  1. Unwind is my favorite book, so I'm glad to hear that the sequel is even better. Can't wait to read it! (:

  2. I am reading this right now too!!! It's due back to the library on the 25th so I need to hurry and read it!! Watch my blog for my review!!!

    Angela's Anxious Life


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