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UnWholly (Unwind Dystology #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  25,967 ratings  ·  3,022 reviews
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 simultaneously 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 t ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 28th 2012)
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Putting out a sequel five years after the first book came out is pretty risky. And honestly, I was a bit skeptical. I mean sure, I was excited, because I get excited for everything Neal Shusterman writes. But still ... I'd spent several years with Unwind lodged in my brain; even though I read it when it first came out about five years ago, so many of its details are still crystal-clear in my mind. It's such a memorable and brilliant book, and I'd basically put it up on a pedestal. Therefore, I h ...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
WHOA. I was always hoping there would be a sequel to Unwind (that ending was just too open-ended!!), but now that it's confirmed that there *will be* one. . . Oh my goodness, I'm so excited, and I know nothing about the plot (more twists, turns, and suspense, of course), the timeframe (taking place a few months or YEARS after the first book?), or the characters (same cast or not?). That is definitely the mark of a GREAT first book if I'm wondering about the sequel even YEARS before it may see pr ...more
Getting this out of the way first: Neal Shusterman, I swear, if you make me wait five years for the next book, I will die. Like, actually die.

My expectations were high, high, high for this one, considering how spectacular the first one was. Well, this did not disappoint in the least. Hot. Damn.

Damn it. DAMN IT. Neal Shusterman is an absolute master at two things: introducing a bunch of new characters, more than you'd think you'd be able to handle and it makes you want to groan and just think oh
I felt about UnWholly the way I felt about this season of True Blood.

I kid (and shamelessly take advantage of any opportunity to use an Alexander Skarsgard gif). But for the majority of the season, I was banging my head against the wall and yelling, "Stop trying to make Arlene happen!" And I'm pretty sure ifrit is Arabic for "waste of fucking time." But then just when I'm ready to wipe my hands of the show, it finally wraps up the extraneous storylines and gives me what I really care about -- Er
Sep 25, 2010 Amma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
Actually, I really like the title :), makes me think of Lev...:)

I don't know whether to rejoice or start crying that there's a sequel to 'the best book ever- no I mean it this time dude', Unwind. Some authors and series should quit while they're ahead *coughMaximumRidecough*. But I'm sure it will be excellent. The ending was very open and that's how I liked it. It allowed hope and optimism.

The only thing I'm dreading is a Risa/Connor sex scene :P.
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Brutal. But spectacular.

Review to come.
One of the best books I have ever read in my life. It was spectacular.

Review pending.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read/reread with my peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles

Shusterman is one of my favorite YA writers. He writes in such an engaging and imaginative way. The alternating PoVs each have a different voice and the glimpses into the minds of even the 'bad' characters gives immense insight into their motivations. I liked this just as much the second time through and it still holds strong as my favorite YA series to date. Well done Mr. Shusterman, well done.

Even if you aren't a fan of YA or only giv
Sep 02, 2012 Jessica is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
No way! No WAY! I can't even type right now, I'm so shocked. Keep having to backspace. I can't believe it. Just when I thought my obsessive waiting for a sequel was over (Been waiting for Mockingjay and read it after almost a year of waiting). I wonder if it'll be the same characters, or if we get new ones.
But wait. I have to wait till 2012! NNNNNNNOOOOOOOooooooo...... (Trails of indefinitly)

Edit Dec 20, 2011: YEA!!!! It's going to be a triology!!!! Yea, yea, yea, yea!!!!

Only 280 m
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*4.5 Stars*

This document I sign of my own free will.
...I sign of my own free will. own free will.

Okay, so, I wasn't going to write a review for this. I finished last night and I was like...nah. I'll leave it alone. I know I'm going to read the third and I know that I love Connor and Risa and Lev, people don't want to hear me grumble on repeatedly. Well, I wasn't guna! I didn't have as deep a reaction as the first and I didn't want to write a mundane second review where my heart wasn't in
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Imagine a world where body part harvesting is not taboo, but commonplace. Imagine someone else getting to make the decision for you to give your body parts to someone else. Imagine walking around and seeing people on the street who are proudly sporting new limbs, eyes, and other various body parts.

Would you want to live in that world?

I sure as hell wouldn't. But it sure makes for damn good reading material, as long as you take care not to think too hard about how it's virtually impossible for
Athena (Shardbearer)

BBB Buddy Read


I need the next one soon! I need answers...I have questions and I want more CAM. I wonder what he's going to do and I need to know NOW!!!!
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)

I guess I'm not really feeling this series anymore. I really enjoyed the first one. This seemed like just a continuation of book one, same formula, and it didn't seem like a whole lot happened. I really didn't like any of the new characters, except maybe Cam. I HATED STARKEY. I hate him so much.

I didn't like Miracolina, although she finally ended up having some growth and growing a brain.

Connor was annoying and angsty, Risa was annoying and angsty (although she does get an interesting twist abo
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Buddies Books & Baubles group read 15May15!

Took me an hour to fall asleep last night because for as exhausted as I was, the ending of this book just made me want to dash upstairs and grab UnSouled. ENERGIZER BUNNEH. BRAIN WOULD NOT TURN OFF. Yes, thank you, I'm now reduced to Camspeak.

This book brings back all our favorite players from UnWind and, like any sequel, introduces new people with their own problems and agendas. I disliked Starkey right off the bat, I still love Trace, and I have
April*procrastinator and proud*
This book was perfectly perfect and everything I wanted it to be. When I read this I pretend Lev is older, because if I don't I feel like a pedophile. He
I don't have much time to write a review because my fingers are itching to start the next book in the series. But I'll keep it short and sweet: This book is badass. This series in general is. I've read quite a few dystopias but none of them had this kind of a solid worldbuilding, which is partly as solid as it is because the issue the book is dealing with is scary, just like the future the book plays in but only because it seems like something that is possible.

And not only is the book badass bu
Denise Chavis
I heard Neal Shusterman a few weeks ago. He said in this book he will take it to a new level with something called organ printing. He told us to look it up. I did, and here is what I found. I can't wait to see where he goes with this. For all who did not want a sequel, he did not plan one at first, but his mind starting going in this new direction, and he must write!
Jenny Conatser
Argh. I LOVED Unwind. It is one of the most haunting YA reads I've ever encountered, and I was prepared to love Unwholly just as much. Well, nuts to that.

I feel like Shusterman had some serious scope-creep going on here. Like he started out going in one direction, then just had a whole bunch of other ideas that he couldn't quite flesh out enough within the length of this book. The plot spins in a multitude of different directions. I read and read and read...but nothing ever really managed to hap
So I have to admit that reviewing Unwholly feels nearly impossible in some much happens and from so many perspectives, that putting it all together in a review feels impossible, not to mention I don't want to inadvertently insert any spoilers! Reviews of this book are probably better left to the extremely talented reviewers on here, rather than my very amateur self haha, so that being said, I will just give a brief review of how I felt about this book and what I loved about it :).

A few years ago I read my first dystopian book (Unwind) and it really blew my mind.

UnWholly cover

The world settling, the characters, the storyline, everything was perfect and in that moment I wished for the book to be part of a series.

My wish came true: a sequel (for one of the most emotional stories) finally found its way to my door and I was able to enjoy once more the terrifying world of unwinding.
Truthfully, I don’t think this story needed a sequel, but of course I did enjoy every single word.


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Ash Wednesday


This series is just so chockfull of balls and swagger, irreverent humor and heart that's never laid on thick despite the drama artillery it carries. It makes you think and feel and think and feel and just when Shusterman has lulled you into some "predictable" pattern of thinking and feeling…

At the end of Unwind, you never really get a sense that this was intended to be a series. Things ended clean for its protagonists Connor, Risa and Lev though the bigger story arc o
UNWHOLLY is a book I’ve been waiting for since 2008 when I finished UNWIND. Neal Shusterman really set the bar high with UNWIND and I was hoping he could keep up the momentum with the next book in the trilogy. Well, he didn’t let me down.

UNWHOLLY picks up where UNWIND left off. Shusterman does a great job catching up the reader so you don’t feel lost. However, I still recommend reading UNWIND before diving into this book. Since it doesn’t come out until August you have time to read it now. This
This is another manipulative kind of book. [Very well written that it's hard to notice the sometimes good amount of flaws in it]

One of the most things I admired about Unwind is the strong devolving characters. Who never, not even once, annoyed me. But it's different in this book. Risa changes completely. She goes from the brave, strong, defensive heroine to your typical whiny needy girl. Everytime I read her part I'd get angry [Not that I needed to be any angrier than I already was from the

I always categorize authors into two groups: those who are awesome storytellers and those who are beautiful writers. Sometimes authors can be a little but of both, but usually they are one or the other. Shusterman is definitely a storyteller, and an exceptional one at that. When I heard he was writing a sequel to Unwind, I was a little worried he'd milk the story into a trilogy when there wasn't much to add, but when asked why, he said there was still more to the story he wanted to tell. I co
I could not have asked for a better book to start 2013 with.

Unwholly is a SPECTACULAR sequel to Unwind.

Gut-wrenching. Disturbing. Cruel.

Beautiful. Inspiring. Profound.

But more importantly, Thought-provoking.

And here are just some of the things that this book made me think about: Ethics. The Sanctity of Life. Parenting. Rebellion. Retribution. Corruption. Power. Terrorism. Religion.

I know, deep down, that this cruel, horrible world that Neal Shusterman has imagined does not exist. I don’t want it
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You know, I had a very full-length review of this book written, but my brother is pissed at me and when I stepped away from the computer for five minutes he got on and deleted it. So, I can't possibly re-write it all, I'm just going to tell you briefly what I disliked, why it was dissapointing and what is good enough that I'll read the final book.

I didn't enjoy how the new characters felt like charact

UnWholly picks up seamlessly right where Unwind leaves off and, I'm happy to say, is just as gripping. The continuing stories of Connor, Lev, and Risa fascinate from start to finish, and Shusterman smartly upped interest by introducing new characters Nelson, Cam, Starkey, and Miracolina. As with UnWind, I found myself continually impressed with how Shusterman made each character distinct. With this many characters--especially with most characters
Reymart Dinglasa
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An easy tap of a forefinger, mentally rated it 6, and physically rated it 5. An easy job for a well written book by Neal Shusterman. And there is no blaming for those readers who can't wait for the third book which is understandably a concluding long trail narrative for its best duo predecessors.

First things first, it took no one by surprise that the cover of the book is an image of what Camus Comprix himself looks like and the Holly of Whollies tagged i
Wendy F
What was missing?

I'm just gonna get this topic out of the way first. There was something about Unwind that I thought made it special. Moments and scenes that disturbed me, left me shaking and uncomfortable. They were supposed to make you uncomfortable too, like his goal was to make you squirm. It was a metaphor, I think, on aspects of humanity.

UnWholly needed a few of those scenes. Don't get me wrong, they touched on a few deeper topics about life, and people. But there wasn't a particular scen
When I started Unwind I was less than impressed with the series. In fact, I almost labeled it DNF, tossed it aside (which for a Kindle books mean stick it into a Collection labeled "Tossed Aside" because I can't bear to delete books even if I don't finish them), and said to hell with it. But I was coaxed into finishing Unwind and now I'm a total Neal Shusterman convert.

UnWholly definitely didn't disappoint and whereas I didn't really "get" Shusteran and his writing at the start of Unwind, I "got
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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