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UnSouled (Unwind Dystology #3)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  18,565 Ratings  ·  2,000 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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 ♥ Marlene♥ 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!
Wendy Darling
Thank god there's not a 5-year wait before this one is out. *wipes sweat off brow*
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
Nov 18, 2012 Tameka marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
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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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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
Sep 23, 2015 Terence rated it really liked it
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
Ai Haibara


Before reading review






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!
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
Mar 17, 2016 Renata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este tercer libro me ha parecido que ha caído un poco de nivel, los otros dos me enamoraron y esperaba con ansias leer este pero no fue como esperaba. Obviamente tiene que haber partes históricas para explicar algunos hechos pero muchos detalles me han parecido inútiles y había mucho que sobraba. También las partes de Starkey/Hayden/Nelson/Argent me han aburrido mucho y antes no me cansaba de ninguna parte...y tampoco entiendo que tiene Cam en la cabeza y por qué decide hacer eso cuando obviamen ...more
May 17, 2012 Jon rated it really liked it
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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 tha
Dec 25, 2011 Julie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
description - Story of my life
Jun 03, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neeeeeein, es ist zu Ende :((( Und Band 4 ist auf Deutsch noch nicht erschienen. Werde mir jetzt SOFORT den vierten Teil auf englisch bestellen. Ich will sofort weiterlesen :D
Dec 20, 2011 Jessica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 *Hufflepuff Kitten*
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
Mar 04, 2013 Ariana rated it it was amazing
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 alon
Mar 14, 2015 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
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)
Jen  (Today in Jen's Library)
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
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
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
Raeleen Lemay
Aug 18, 2012 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it
Shelves: own

Ok. I'm in love with the Unwind series in general, like the whole idea for this world is so insane and creative. I LOVE IT. However, I felt like HARDLY ANYTHING happened in this book! The whole thing was leading up to the big ZING in the last chapter, and the entire book clearly was just a set-up for the fourth book. I also felt like at times there was too much focus on characters that weren't really important (like Bam and Hayden. Also where did Argent and Nelson go? They just disappeared
Ash Wednesday
Dec 22, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 co
3.5 stars

I was thinking of doing a review for this after returning to it from a long break but I guess I'll be saving my long ranty review full of feels for the final. Onward to the last!

Update - 5th May
There's a COVER. OMG.

15TH OCTOBER 2013!


I'm unbelievably excited for this.
I think it's safe to say that we'll see a Teen Uprising in this book?
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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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Other Books in the Series

Unwind Dystology (4 books)
  • Unwind (Unwind, #1)
  • UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
  • UnDivided (Unwind, #4)

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