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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
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Sep 16, 12

Read in September, 2012

I wasn't sure what a sequel to Unwind could really bring to the table. Some books aren't meant to have sequels. And the fantastic dystopian YA I have read all seem to fall into this category. So I started Unwholly with not a little trepidation.

So what new did Unwholly bring us? Not much. It was careful with beloved characters, I felt like everyone who was in the first book behaved consistently in the second--that is, I both loved them and wanted to tear my hair out from time to time. The book opens with a legal seizing of an Unwind at his home and I was a little startled to realize that we'd never actually seen one. Who knew? So that was different. However, once it got into the seized boy's story, it was clear it was both a character and a subplot we already dealt with--from start to near-finish--in Unwind. Was there not ANYTHING else he could have done?

This book was driven more by adults then the first; the kids seem far more manipulated for nefarious ends--by more than just the bad guys. I wanted Cam, the boy made of parts, to dominate this book, but he didn't and his story didn't turn out to be one of the more interesting ones. He could have been! That was a genuinely fresh element and I would have loved to see it explored better. Lev's story was the best for me, but then he was my favorite in Unwind. There were none of those moments here that you keep going over and over, like Cy/Tyler's confrontation with his parents, or the infamous chapter sixty-one. All in all, it wasn't bad and I will read the next one...but it wasn't awesome. Can I draw a sad face? I wanted it to be awesome :(.

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message 1: by Leah (new)

Leah Well, that's disappointing. Not sure if I want to read it now.

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