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(Unwind Dystology #3)

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The story that began with Unwind continues.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and le
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Published November 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published October 15th 2013)
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That's a spooky cover. Chills, man. LOOK AT THE HEAD WITH EYES OPEN. Wow. I didn't feel it at at first glance, but I think I do now. Eerie and fitting.




♥ Marlene♥
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
I was the lucky one who discovered Unwind only this year and had to wait just a bit to read Unwholly.
You poor people who had to wait 5 years!
Well let's hope Unsouled will really be published in 2013 and preferably on January 1. right? ;)

Update January 29 2016. Yes I am finally reading it. Just re read the first 2 books and now reading this and it is all new and I love it. Love the new character of Gracie.

February 2 2016. You know what I am most surprised of? That this book did not disappoint!
Robin (Bridge Four)
Reread/buddy read with some fellow BBBers

While this is my least favorite book of the series it is still a strong 4 star read for me. I love the character development and the way even more of the history of unwinding is shown to the reader. The first read through I was a little distracted waiting for Conner and Risa to find each other again, but this read through I could sit back and really take in the story. So many heart wrenching moments, Cam and Una especially torn at my heartstrings. Even be
Wendy Darling
Thank god there's not a 5-year wait before this one is out. *wipes sweat off brow* ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though my least favourite of the series but still a fantastic read. Absolutely fantastic.

This series has easily become one of my favourites and as eager as I am to see how it all concludes, I’m also incredibly sand to see it end.

Nov 18, 2012 marked it as to-read

Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Do you ever just stare at people and think "wow, I really want to caress your brain?" Or, in more normal phrasing, have you ever admired someone's intelligence from afar? I've felt that way with several of my professors this semester, but I would love to just sit in a room with Neal Shusterman's brain (or Neal Shusterman himself, I suppose) and ask: how do you do it? How do you write? How do you breathe the same air us humans do?

On a more serious note, UnSouled serves as the third book of the Un
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the destruction of the graveyard Connor and Lev are once again running, but this time they aren't just running away from something. They are running to find answers. Connor believes the answers will come from an old friend who he's discovered is so much more than she appeared.

Make no mistake UnSouled is a transition book. Most large series have at least one and UnSouled is the transition book for the Unwind Dystology. The board is being set, the pieces are taking their places, and events a
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It looks creepy and scary yet still manages to have a sense of loneliness and hollowness that just... MAKES ME SPEECHLESS.




This book will break my heart, mash it up to potato gravy, burn it to nothing and I know I will still love it.


I need the book NOW!
Maria V. Snyder
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots going on in this third installment of the Unwind dystology! This book is definitely a part of a series (you can't read it out of order). Also there are too many things that are left unresolved at the end and lots of POV characters so not a ton of advancement in plot for each person - you get bits and pieces (no pun intended) and then the POV switches to someone else. I really don't like spending too much time in Nelson or Starkey's heads and would have rather stayed with Conner, Risa and Le ...more
Brigid ✩
After a SUPER long time, I finally got around to reading this. Unwind is one of my favorite books; it totally blew me away the first time I read it. And the sequel, UnWholly, did an excellent job of complicating the plot and bringing in some intriguing new characters. I recently re-read books 1 and 2 (in preparation for finally reading books 3 and 4), and they were just as brilliant the second time around.

I have to say, UnSouled is not my favorite of the series so far. Don't get me wrong––I stil
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
While definitely my least favorite in the series, I still found immense enjoyment when I picked it up and it still was all I thought about when I wasn't reading it. I've heard the final book is beyond amazing, so I'll attribute the assist to this installment-You can't have an explosive finish if you don't set it up!! (oh yeah, went back to my soccer days there)

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May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unwind and Unwholly are two of my favorite books of all time and Neal Shusterman never ceases to amaze me with each book I read by him. Though Unwind was originally slated to be a trilogy, Unsouled wound up being too voluminous to be one book. S&S split Unwind's conclusion into Unsouled and Undivided and the Unwind Trilogy became a "Dystology".

Unsouled is definitely a worthy sequel to Unwholly, it delivers a thrilling story that is dis
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is what might have happened if the plight of teens was turned into an industry of Frankenstein's monsters.

You know, the older folks shamelessly profiting on the consumption of young flesh.

No, no, this is NOT an accurate reflection of our modern society! No, no, not at all.


Well! I honestly hoped that the first book would continue on into a MUCH darker and nastier dystopia. Instead, we just get the normal kind of social dystopia that villainizes an underclass in order to perpetuate the
I re-read the first 2 books.
I read this one.
My mind is a mess.
I loved it! (ALL)

Full Review:

It’s official, this is one of the best dystopian stories I’ve ever had the honour to read!

To be this connected with the characters, this emotionally invested in the story, this awestruck with the world building and the amazing, mind-blowing plot.. It feels like a gift, there’s no better feeling in the reading world.

Looking back to where it started, making an inventory of all the characters that came a
Dec 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
Unbelieveable, Unimaginable, Unthinkable, Untouched, Unloved (is that a word), Unrest, Unrely... any other guesses?

Or maybe something that has a "w" after the un-, like Unwritten, Unwilling or Unwanted.

Edit June 13th 2012: Gosh darn it. I guessed wrong.

But there's a title! It's UnBroken! Yea!!!

Edit February 20th 2013:

Kay, finally got around to editing. The book is now called UnSouled.

And I still guessed wrong :/ Ah well :)

Edit April 7th:

O.O That cover is, without a doubt... the creepiest f***i
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Can I say wow?! Haunting, chilling, Neal Shusterman has done it again in this astonishing series that pushes the boundaries and explores some very possible feasibilities in our society today.

We continue on with the tale of Connor and Lev and the reader watches glued in fascination and horror as we see their paths coincide with the paths of Lisa and Cam and a few other amazing friends and terrifying enemies in between.

What I love so much about this series is the world-building. Neal Shust
Ashley Marie
4.5 stars
rounding up because this series is incredible

I wouldn't necessarily say this book is slower than the others, but a few new characters get introduced and EVERYONE has their own agendas and motives. Thus, it takes awhile to sort through all of that. Again, though, I was never bored. I really enjoy (read: sometimes hate) this new trend of short chapters with hella cliffhangers that make you keep turning the pages long after you should've gone to bed. Just a note for those of you who either
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome installment in the UNWIND series. Our cast of characters continues to be stirred around like cherrios in a bowl of milk, going from place to place, meeting up, then being separated, finding friends and foes, Neal Shusterman has created a super exciting world and this was a great building of tension.

I particularly liked the inclusion of the (view spoiler)
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars and I believe the series is improving book-to-book. I think another reviewer may have summarized it best: "Neal Shusterman weaves a tale as interesting and complex as Camus Comprix's 'internal community.'" The story continues to develop layer by layer, with multiple POV, primarily Connor, Lev, Risa and Cam. Weaved into this story is the backstory of unwinding's inventor, scientist Jansen Rheinschild and his wife, Sonia, who we've seen before. Connor and Lev are on the lam together, try ...more
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Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 of 5 stars


The different perspective converging into one plot is what makes this book so special. I loved how this series managed to consistently make the readers be thrilled about the next events. There is no boring moments. You can have your own theories of what was going to happen, but you can't settle on those theories because, even though this was not exactly jaw-dropping, this can still get you on the edge of your seat. This book was smart, with the right amount of tension. A ve
This series is holding strong! I loved this third installment of the Unwind dystology (whatever a dystology is). If a dystology is this amazing, I think more authors should consider them though!

I have no clue how Mr. Shusterman makes me care for so many characters. There are so many POV switches and so many characters, that I feel under normal circumstances I would not care about any of them. However, this is not a normal circumstance and I have some kind of emotional attachment (whether that be
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

“Hope can be bruised and battered. It can be forced underground and even rendered unconscious, but hope cannot be killed.”

The skinny:

Lev and Connor have one clue that is driving them forward: Janson Rheinschild. They believe that by seeking out the woman connected to Janson that they can find the answers to the end of unwinding. Unbeknownst to Connor and Lev, while they are trying to unravel the mystery of Rheinschild, Nelson is still on their trail. Nelson has not given up his goal to capt
Unsouled is the third book in the Unwind series. And probably the most forgettable.

The characters I had grown to love in the first two books all come to a halting stop in this edition. The gang is all split up and everyone’s angry and confused. No one knows where they’re going or why they’re doing anything. They can’t make a decision about anything.

It’s like all of a sudden our once-heroic MC’s just shut down completely. It’s probably the BIGGEST downfall of every YA series ever written. Katnis
While this book had a couple of problems for me, I'm still giving it the 5 end of 4+ stars.

There is a bit of a stall midway, but even there Shusterman keeps things somewhat lively. And just about the time I thought he was going to descend into "I'm going to decide what's best for someone else no matter how they feel about it" territory, he saved things. I can't stand that plot device because it is so disrespectful of the person about whom things are being decided - all in the name of love, usua
Ash Wednesday
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series who also enjoyed Unstrung

"Sometimes Lev, I just want to smack you."

But I'm getting way ahead of myself there. It's probably the disorientation talking because I'm still reeling from the WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED??? pinging inside my brain. This review will probably echo a lot of 2-star sentiments but I ended up giving it a hopeful 3 because something about Connor still reminds me a little of Jack Bauer.

The biggest chunk of the story con
This review contains spoilers for UnSouled. You've been warned.

UnSouled was a bit disappointing, if I'm honest. I was pretty annoyed with having to read SO MUCH from POVs I couldn't care less about (e.g. Nelson, Argent, Cam, Starkey), it felt at times like I was reading more from POVs I couldn't give a fuck about than from the characters I actually cared about and who are actually the main characters of the series. (view spoiler)
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
I'm loving this thought-provoking series, so I can forgive some of the glaring editing issues (I noted a few typos towards the end). There were also a few moments when the book dragged a little bit, but for the most part it kept up the pace. That said, I was really surprised to get to the end and find out this was not the conclusion of the series. Thank god, because there are so many loose ends to wrap up still.

The political elements of this series have diverged far from where it began. At the o

Not as gripping as the first book (Unwind) but still a decent enough read. The best thing about the series for me is the horrifying premise, where parents can decide to get their kids (from age 13 to 18) unwound (their bodies taken apart and organs harvested). Unfortunately, most of the other aspects of the dystopian world is pretty much the same as other YA dystopias. For example: the primary antagonist is the US government, the teenage protagonists are on the run/in hiding and being ch
There is just no letting up. Neal Shusterman doesn't let the reader catch a breath. Everytime I'm foolish enough to think that things are getting better and all will be good, he just destroys me all over again. And because I'm a glutton for punishment, I still can't stop reading.
What those kids have to go through, what they have to endure - it's beyond the imaginable. And yet, somehow it is so fitting to the current situation in the world. It's like commentary on what is happening these days. I
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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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