Author: Neal Shusterman
Pages: 416 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5[
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
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.
---------I've been waiting to read this follow up to Unwind
for almost five years, even though I actually didn't know I was waiting
until year three. I was very concerned going into this book. How can
any book match the genius that is Unwind? Will this be another middle book slump? Will I love the characters as much as I did before?
I had no reason to worry. UnWholly was amazing. Almost flawless. The only thing holding it back is that it's not quite as good as Unwind.
There was still the major conflict of emotions for me. I am absolutely
disgusted and appalled by the thought of unwinding, but I'm also
intrigued. I know which side I would stand on, but it scares me that I'm
sure there are already people out there that would embrace this
terrible idea without coercion. That's what this series does to you, it
. It makes you
, not only yourself but the people you know too.
returning characters were as I remembered them. Connor, Lev, & Risa
are some of my favorite characters in any book ever and oh, how I had
missed them. There were a few new characters that I really liked and a
couple who I didn't.
Miracolina is an intelligent, feisty tithe
who knows what she wants and isn't going to let anyone get in her way. I
liked her a lot.
Starkey is someone I felt pity for at first, but the more his character evolved the less I liked him.
is pretty awesome. To me he symbolized something very important in this
book, but I don't want to spoil anything so I'll leave it at that.
is the world's first fully composite human being, which means he is
made up entirely of other people. I don't even really know what I can
say about Cam. He terrified me, and at times I found myself somewhat
disgusted by him. He began to grow on me, but I didn't get to know him
well enough for it to become complete. I was a little thrown off by his
obsession with Risa, but there was something that I liked. He's the
character I'm most interested in reading about in the next book.
When "I am" becomes "I'm not..."
The only complaint I have, and it's barely a complaint,
is that I wanted to know more about the parts pirates. Is it sick that I
wanted to know exactly how it worked? I am so disturbed by the idea,
but curious. Is the black market unwinding like the unwinding that
happens in the chop shops? I have so many questions that I hope will get
The most disturbingly amazing thing about this book is
that some of these things are already happening. People are already
selling organs on the black market. There's someone out there right now
who's kidnapping someone to cut out their kidney or liver to sell. How
far off are we from unwinding? Probably not far enough...
What are some books that have made you think?