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UnWholly (Unwind Dystology Book 2) Kindle Edition
Author: Shusterman, Neal
Review Issue Date: July 15, 2012
Online Publish Date: June 20, 2012
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Price (Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN (Hardcover ): 978-1-4424-2366-4
After surviving the attack on the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, the heroes from Unwind (2007) lead the revolt against the Unwind Accord.
Connor, aka the Akron AWOL, now heads up the resistance at the Graveyard, an abandoned airfield where 700-plus unwind escapees live in hiding. His wheelchair-bound girlfriend, Risa, who also survived the attack, serves as the Graveyard’s nurse. Lev, a former tithe, now leads missions to rescue other tithes from unwinding and sends them to a camp where they can cope. Enter Cam, a schizophrenic, teenage Frankenstein built from the body parts of 99 different unwound teens. Shusterman mercifully supplies a Q&A at the front of this sequel to help readers fill in details from Book 1 in the trilogy. He also does an expert job of plunging them headfirst into his disturbing, dystopic and dangerous future world where teenagers are either handed over by their parents or kidnapped for “unwinding,” or organ harvesting. While the plot moves quickly, the work definitely reads like a sequel—a good one. Shusterman is obviously setting the scene for a big climax in Book 3, and his only fault is excess. There are so many new characters and plot twists and segues that readers may feel overwhelmed or confused, but that won’t stop them from turning the pages.
A breathless, unsettling read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012
"A breathless, unsettling read."--Kirkus Reviews
Shusterman, Neal (Author)
Aug 2012. 416 p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99. (9781442423664).
Having floated a Modest Proposal to convert troublesome teenagers into involuntary organ donors in the
near-futuristic Unwind (2007), Shusterman uncorks his version of a Frankenstein’s monster for this middle volume in the planned trilogy. Constructed by the shadowy Proactive Citizenry from grafted parts of 99 gifted donors, and with a face that is a carefully designed patchwork of skin colors, Camus Comprix accepts his role as the centerpiece of a public campaign to expand the general “harvest”—until he falls in love and begins to develop ideas of his own. Literary antecedents aside, Shusterman continues to develop and expertly twist plotlines begun in the first book, picking up the pace with short chapters and a present tense narrative while interspersing for verisimilitude actual recent news items about real organ harvesting and abandoned and “feral” teens. Perfectly poised to catch the Hunger Games wave and based on an even more plausible dystopian scenario, this episode leaves its central cast of escaped teens in midflight, and should leave its target audience thoroughly discomfited.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It has taken almost five years for this sequel to the highly praised
Unwind to arrive, so fans will want to get their hands on this the second it’s released.
— Booklist, July 1, 2012
"Shusterman continues to develop and expertly twist plotlines begun in the first book, picking up the pace with short chapters and a present tense narrative while interspersing for verisimilitude actual recent news items about real organ harvesting and abandoned and “feral” teens. Perfectly poised to catch the Hunger Games wave and based on an even more plausible dystopian scenario...Fans will want to get their hands on this the second it’s released." (Booklist)
5Q 4P J S
Shusterman, Neal. UnWholly: Unwind Trilogy, Book 2. Simon & Schuster, 2012. 416p. $17.99. 978-1-4424-2366-4.
In the first book in the Unwind Trilogy, Shusterman introduces us to a world in which parents can offer their teen children to be “unwound,” physically dismantled, every body part donated to other bodies in need. While mostly it is troubled teens who are arrested and unwound under protest, some so fetishize “living divided” that they promise their children from birth as a tithe. Book two, UnWholly, follows the stories of various teens living outside of the law, many in underground sanctuaries for unwinds until they are eighteen and lawfully protected. Lev, Conner, and Risa face challenges both old and new as they continue to fight to protect threatened teens. While the government continues to crack down on resistance to unwinding and pirates continue to flood the black-market with runaway unwinds, there are also rescued teens who actually want to live divided, as well as newly discovered underground communities—both for and against unwinding—that emerge. There is also the matter of Cam, the first composite human. Combined, Lev, Conner, Risa, and others face an increasingly surveilled and hostile environment.
To add to the terror of this dystopic future, Shusterman includes real news pieces that show how society might be heading to an eerily similar ideological place. Various perspectives intensify the complex systems the protagonists are working against, namely the complicity with which average citizens accept legal policy. Smart, intense, and thought provoking, this series will stick with readers.
--VOYA August 2012
"Smart, intense, and thought provoking, this series will stick with readers."--VOYA, 5Q
“Shusterman elegantly balances the strikingly different perspectives of the three main protagonists effectively, and these dissimilar approaches to life highlight the ways in which the larger world grapples with unwinding. …The high quality of UnWholly will inspire readers to go back to see what was missed as well as stoke anticipation for the final book.” (The Horn Book)
SHUSTERMAN, Neal. UnWholly. Bk. 2. 402p. (Unwind Trilogy). CIP. S & S. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2366-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2368-8. LC 2012002729.
Gr 9 Up –This sequel to Unwind (S & S, 2007) is well worth the wait. Connor is now the leader of the Graveyard, a place in Arizona that serves as a refuge for “troubled” teens who escaped unwinding, a process where individuals are “divided” for their body parts. Risa is confined to a wheelchair and works as the group’s medical authority. She can only watch helplessly as Connor drifts further and further away from her. Lev lives under house arrest and ministers to jailed youths, trying to make his life mean something. Unwinding is still widely practiced, and the threat of government action hangs over all of the characters. Shusterman throws plenty of new conflicts and characters into the mix. Nelson, a “parts pirate,” will stop at nothing to hunt down Connor, while new guy Starkey wants to usurp him and become the Graveyard leader. Cam is made completely from parts taken from dozens of unwinds and is being groomed by a shadowy organization as the future of humanity. Like the first book, this one requires a large suspension of disbelief, but the characters, action, and drama make it easy for readers to be drawn into the story and the weighty issues, such as what it means to be human and what it means to sacrifice for others. Several plot twists at the end not only make for a satisfying conclusion, but also expertly set the stage for the final installment of the trilogy.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
SLJ, September 2012
UnWholly [Unwind Trilogy]
by Neal Shusterman
Middle School, High School Simon 402 pp.
8/12 978-1-4424-2366-4 $17.99 g
e-book ed. 978-1-4424-2368-8 $9.99
In this long-awaited sequel to Unwind (rev. 3/08), the complex feelings about unwinding (the legal policy of harvesting the body parts of unwanted or “bad” teens for transplant purposes) continues on all sides. Connor, Lev, and Risa are still caught up in the fray, though they each imagine what life would be like if they weren’t, in their different ways, viewed as representations of rebel causes but rather as ordinary teens. No one escapes unscathed in a world where most of society looks for excuses to kill kids for their healthy body parts (or at least turn a blind eye to it), but the storked kids, those who as infants were left on doorsteps and never given a chance to forget this fact, are particularly targeted, and damaged. These kids are given a sharper focus in this novel; it is a painful exploration that adds significant depth to the overall picture of what drives all kinds of teens in this dystopic society. Shusterman elegantly balances the strikingly different perspectives of the three main protagonists effectively, and these dissimilar approaches to life highlight the ways in which the larger world grapples with unwinding. Readers who haven’t read the first volume will miss a great deal of nuance and historical context, though the high quality of UnWholly will inspire readers to go back to see what was missed as well as stoke anticipation for the final book.
--Horn Book, Sept/Oct 2012
Shusterman, Neal UnWholly. Simon, 2012 [416p] (Unwind Trilogy) Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-2366-4 $17.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-2368-8 $9.99
Reviewed from galleys R Gr.8-12
In Unwind (BCCB 2/08), unlikely teen rebels Connor, Risa, and Lev made a stand against unwinding, the legally sanctioned practice of terminating teens (and then transplanting their organs) that serves as a form of retroactive abortion in the future. In the aftermath of their uprising, things have only gotten worse, with the authorities cracking down on runaway Unwinds and black market for parts booming. While Connor attempts to run the resistance movement (no easy task when it’s mostly made up of rescued delinquents), Risa is captured and forced to become a friend for Cam, a prototypical “composite human” made from the harvested parts of ninety-nine different Unwinds and the harbinger of what unwinding’s strongest proponents see as its future. Hitting the ground running, this sequel introduces a huge cast of new characters and explores the technological and political origins of the unwinding system in greater depth than the first volume did, showing how such a horrific system could become socially entrenched (a case supported by strategically placed excerpts of actual contemporary news articles).
Shusterman is not afraid to have his characters make unforgivable choices—the world they live in sometimes necessitates them—as they learn more about who controls the system they are fighting and try to defeat it. For now, the narrative reaches a satisfying climax in a complex high-octane battle among at least four different forces (including a splinter cell of unwinds who want to take over leadership from Connor).
Thematically rich and packed with action, commentary, and consequences, this is a strong pick for dystopia fans that will also appeal to reluctant readers. CG
--BCCB, September 2012
Thematically rich and packed with action, commentary, and consequences, this is a strong pick for dystopia fans that will also appeal to reluctant readers. (BCCB)
"This sequel to Unwind is well worth the wait...the characters, action, and drama make it easy for readers to be drawn into the story and the weighty issues, such as what it means to be human and what it means to sacrifice for others. Several plot twists at the end not only make for a satisfying conclusion, but also expertly set the stage for the final installment of the trilogy." (School Library Journal)
2012. 416pp. $17.99 hc. Simon & Schuster. 978-1-4424-2366-4. Grade 7 & Up
Combine Golding’s Lord of the Flies with Lowry’s Gathering Blue (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) and you will be close to this second title in the Unwind Trilogy. The book addresses a society where troublesome children are dealt with by unwinding, the killing of and harvesting of their parts. They are selected by their parents as a way to get rid of a troublesome child, leading to a society where only the good and acceptable reach adulthood. This book focuses on a group of children who have founded a compound in the wilderness, governing themselves. This book considers the issue of who should survive, the one or the many. Readers will come to think deeply about the question of survival, and to what extremes one would go to for survival of themselves and loved ones. This book is a welcome addition to a science fiction collection, with threads of romance, adventure, and alternate universes which are closer to becoming reality. Sara Rofofsky Marcus, MALS Student, Empire State College, Bayside,
Recommended (Library Media Connection)
"Readers will come to think deeply about the question of survival, and to what extremes one would go to for survival of themselves and loved ones. This book is a welcome addition to a science fiction collection, with threads of romance, adventure, and alternate universes which are closer to becoming reality. Recommended." (Library Media Connection)
About the Author
- ASIN : B006VGG59M
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
- Publication date : August 28, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1932 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
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- Print length : 412 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,264 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My only complaint which is very minor is the improper reference to clips when clearly referring to magazines. I know the colloquial language of the modern world may interchange them but it isn't correct. If thats all I have to say agasint this book then you should know how much I enjoyed it.
That said, as I read further, the book took on a new life of it's own with character surprises and details that were introduced and then explained later. I like surprises when I read and this book had a number of them.
There were things in the book I didn't care for. The writing itself was sometimes briefly annoying. I also didn't like the character of Starkey. Other brief parts just didn't seem to make sense. Those parts may be cleared up in the next book.
Alll in all, I really enjoyed this book. I finished it last night and have already downloaded the next book in the series. If you liked Unwind, I think you should read this one!
Neal Shusterman is legendary and UnWholly is packed with visual cues and action and believability that is so rare; especially for a book that is based on medical procedures that aren’t anywhere near realistic for our foreseeable future.
It’s not often I say this, but the Unwind series may be one of my favorites- I’m excited to see if book 3 can keep up!
Connor is in charge of the entire plane Graveyard. He has hidden over 800 AWOLs there, but the fact that missing kids slated for unwinding are hiding there is no secret. He isn't sure why the authorities haven't come to get them yet, but he takes each and every day as a gift. While he and Risa can't be unwound anymore, there are a lot of kids whose lives are in his hands. He can barely feed the kids he has, but that doesn't stop them from the constant rescue missions to save more. Of course, not every kid is as grateful as they should be, and some, like Starkey, have only their interests in mind. When a bunch of kids are barely holding it together in the face of imminent unwinding, all it takes is one very smart, very devious rabble rouser.
Meanwhile, Camus Comprix tries to find his way in a world where he shouldn't exist. The product of dozens of unwound kids, he is made of the parts of others. He was created, not born. When he struggles to find his way in the world with so many conflicting thoughts and memories swirling around his head, his handler feels a companion will keep him on the right track as the most revolutionary advance for humans in their existence. The only problem is the girl Cam wants is an unwilling participant in the experiment. When Risa is captured and blackmailed into joining Cam, she is forced to support the Unwinding movement, the single thing she hates the most. While everyone at the Graveyard thinks she has betrayed them, Risa is trying everything to hold them together. For a group of kids who no one cares if they exist or not, the responsibility sitting on their shoulders is overwhelming.
This was such an interesting follow up to Unwind for a number of reasons. First, it was a book that came out after a significant hiatus. Shusterman took a while to get this book together, so if you followed the series from its inception, you needed a refresher at the beginning of this sequel before you started the new story. But who wants to read an info dump or a recap? So Shusterman created a really ingenious "index" that catches you up quickly and efficiently at the beginning of the story so you know where you are without some silly recap. I also really liked how he balanced the story between the main characters from the last book, Lev, Connor, and Risa, and the new characters Starkey, Cam and Miracolina. The addition of the focus on new characters made it more interesting while still keeping me connected to the previous book.
On a whole, this is one of the creepiest premises I have ever read. I mean, seriously, unwinding kids?? People fighting to preserve the unwinding? The public service notices to convince people what a wonderful solution to abortion? CRAZY! But a brilliant fictional examination of just how far people can go and how blinded they can be in the face of fear and propaganda. It is the kind of series that can be related to everything from the Holocaust to the battle over same sex marriage or abortion. I love a book that is going to elicit passionate discussions from my students, and unwinding is definitely one that will get them fired up. But in addition to the infinite discussions, you will get wrapped up in a really crazy, really interesting story. Shusterman always does that to me!
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Of course nothing can be simple when the might of the authorities are on your tail and it might even be the case that the Graveyard is serving a different 'economic' purpose than its inhabitants assume. There are good guys and bad guys aplenty both within the authorities and the AWOL teenagers. Power famously corrupts but possibly not quite as much as the pursuit of power.
A fascinating chimera, a 'cut-and-shut' in motor industry terms is introduced- a young 'man' called Camus has been cobbled together from the parts of hundreds of unwound teens. But if you've never lived as a whole, can you live as the sum of your many and varied parts? Is he a multi-coloured, multi-talented Frankenstein figure or is he worthy of compassion and sympathy like everybody else?
I liked the approach of including 'clippings' and adverts about unwinding as it offered multiple perspectives on the pros and obvious cons of killing children to recycle their body parts. When a society has come to expect to have such a supply of parts, won't they get up in arms when that supply is threatened? And how can big business keep the prices high when 'parts pirates' are setting up in opposition to the official harvest camps?
The Unwound series is interesting, thought provoking and hard to imagine ever happening whilst staying only slightly outside and beyond what we know of today's world. If it's true that prisoners in Chinese jails are euthanised for their body parts, then how much further might such atrocities be allowed to develop? If the USA can continue to lock up a higher proportion of their population than any other country, how long before the cost of keeping the bad guys under lock and key turns into an opportunity to make money from such a liability?
Ultimately, it's a YA series that scares 'a bit' without going into the realms of true horror and I'll be looking out for offers on the next two books because I still want to know where my Wholly friends are headed next.
Written in the same format as before, with alternating chapters from various characters perspectives, we see what is happening to Connor now that he is running the safe haven for AWOLs, what Lev is doing now he's doing public service as a tithe symbol, and what Risa is up to as Connors second set of eyes (and girlfriend) as she adapts to her paraplegia.
There are some recurring themes in here. Namely that everyone is hunting Connor and Risa, and all the AWOLs really, for a high price. There are also some similar characters, like a boy who is basically Roland all over again minus the shark tattoo. And a cop with a vengeance. But there are also some cool new ideas I really liked too.
Shusterman introduces the black market traders, known as parts pirates, who effectively hunt or trap AWOLs to sell piece by piece on the black market. This idea was really well fleshed out and kept me fully engrossed! I also liked the concept of Cam, a human entirely built from unwinds - not a single piece of him doesn't belong to someone else. This has so much potential for future books but really stuck out in this book as a massively unique selling point.
The romance between Risa and Connor is actually stamped out a bit here, for which I was glad - the mushy romance stuff really detracts from the serious issues within. I also felt the short extracts from, presumably, newspaper clippings and headlines were really fun and helped break up the pace a bit.
Overall, a good second instalment to the world of Unwind. I'm glad the original characters remained but that new ideas and new characters were introduced. My only niggle was some of the repetitive character types (I.e Roland part two) which were less than imaginative but the introduction of Cam may have just made up for that!
Risa in particular has to make some strong sacrifices and I particularly liked reading about her and Cam (a new character introduced, who is made only from undwind's body parts!) It was intriguing to read about Cam and I almost found myself questioning, is he actually real? Does he have his own feelings? He turns out to be a fantastic character (definitely one of my favourites) and I think Neil Shusterman was extremely clever with creating and explaining about this new being.
Again, the book changes the perspectives in each chapter. We read events from Lev, Connor and Risa's viewpoints, but also from a few others such as Cam and Starkey (the new bully and 'Roland' type character). I welcomed the different viewpoints given in each chapter and like 'Unwind', I really feel it helps with moving events forward and creating a quick pace. Occassionally, chapters feature adverts for unwinding and official statements. I didn't really enjoy reading those chapters, as I'm not sure that they were entirely necessary. I would sooner have had read about more character interactions as opposed to adverts that we already know about.
If you enjoyed the action in 'Unwind', then this book certainly won't disappoint. The final few chapters in particualar are loaded with action from all angles!! The book is also just as disturbing as its predecessor, and I still have trouble with getting my head around the unnerving idea for the plot! I definitely enjoyed being back in this horrifying world though, and it was good to learn out more about the mysteries of unwinding and why it was initially put into place.
If you're still deliberating as to buy this novel, I would say do it!! It is just as good as 'Unwind' and won't
let you down.
After bringing the characters together in the last book and building the relationships this book either separated them or started breaking the relationships down. I didn't think that the book concentrated enough on the characters from the first and I also didn't feel the same urgency or sense of purpose with this book.
It was still a good book and I really like the world that Shusterman created and the fact that we're beginning to get more of an idea of the history and politics, I just found it slightly disappointing.
Favourite character: Risa
Favourite quote: "'Words don't hurt you.' Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain."
This is a sequel to the first in the series, 'unwind', soon to be followed by 'unsouled', early next year (already out in the US).
This book's just as good as its predecessor, which is rare in the book world. And lots more plot twists for the reader to enjoy. Unlike one or two other commenters, I found myself taking a liking to Cam. He is an enigma I wasn't expecting.
I can't wait for part three. In the mean time, I'm now going to scour Amazon for more books by this author.
Rating - five stars. If you liked the first, you'll like this. If you haven't read the first book - go buy it now - You'll love it!