Friday, 18 October 2013

UnWholly (Unwind Dystology #2) by Neal Shusterman

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Unwind, which Publishers Weekly called a “gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller.”

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.

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Unwind Dystology’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Unwind’.**
Connor is now running the graveyard, Risa is doing her best in the medical clinic at the graveyard, and Lev is living with his brother who is now his legal guardian.

Starkey is a kid who’s going to be unwound, so he runs away.
Miracolina is a tithe, and proud of it, she believes it is her destiny to be unwound.
Cam is the first biological created being – he is made from parts from 99 different unwinds. Does he have a soul though?

Things are heating up. How long will the kids at the graveyard be safe? Do they have a backup plan? What are Starkey’s objectives? Will Risa always be disabled? And what does Lev do now?

This was an okay story, but the ending just bored me.

Connor was a bit different in this story, he had taken on more responsibility, and realised how much rubbishy day-to-day stuff there was to deal with. Risa was wheel-chair bound and obviously limited by this, and Lev wasn’t really sure who he was any more.
Miracolina really did my head in, it was like she was totally brainwashed, and I really, really hated Starkey. I still want to slap him now.

The storyline in this was okay, although at times it dragged a bit. It was interesting to see what had happened to everyone after the end of Unwind, but this just didn’t have quite the same impact for me. There were some funny moments, and there were plenty of twists and secrets discovered, and this kept me interested until the 80% mark. After this things went downhill though. The last 20% of this book really dragged, and actually bored me. I considered not even finishing it, which at 80+% is ridiculous.
Overall; an okay story, but nowhere near as good as Unwind.
6.75 out of 10.

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