In a nutshell: A thrilling collection of short stories set in the Unwind world, following various characters
Unwind is one of my favourite series. It'sIn a nutshell: A thrilling collection of short stories set in the Unwind world, following various characters
Unwind is one of my favourite series. It's definitely in my top 5 (ah now I'm starting to stress over what my top 5 even is) and it's also my mum's favourite series, which I like pointing out in case people still scoff at the potential for adults to enjoy YA too. I'd heard that Neal Shusterman was writing some Unwind short stories, but I hadn't expected them to be released so soon so actually finding this on Edelweiss was a very lovely surprise.
I'm honestly not the biggest fan of novellas for finished series. The concern is always there for me that I've lost interest or I won't remember enough to be able to enjoy it. I actually enjoy reading novellas and short stories, but they do tend to be very hit-and-miss for me. There were times while I was reading this that I wish I'd been able to plan a re-read of the complete series to fully appreciate it, but generally it was a great read and accompaniment to the series. I think UnBound worked well and it added a lot to the story. I'm already looking forward to reading it again once I've read the books again. (Saying that, I've been wanting to re-read the series for years now and it still hasn't happened.)
All of the stories are original with the exception of UnStrung, which was published a few years ago. I wasn't complaining because I hadn't read it yet, so its inclusion in UnBound finally gave me an excuse to pick it up. Generally I really liked all of the stories, though I didn't care as much for the first one. In UnBound, we get to read more about the Burmese Dah Zey, Lev, Roland, Risa, Hayden, Grace, Cam, Skinner, Miracaolina, and more, including new characters. I don't want to go into them too much specifically so you can get the full surprise, emotions, etc. from reading it yourself, but there's a nice mix in terms of both timeline and characters. A couple in particular really stood out to me and were really creepy and intense. Oh how I've missed being freaked out reading Unwind. These stories filled in some of the gaps plot-wise, as well as expanding on the characters and world.
The only disappointment really is the lack of a Connor story, which I assumed would be a given considering the ending of Undivided. It would have been nice to check in with the character who essentially started it all and had such a promising ending, but I'm satisfied with the stories that we did get. Cam's is a highlight as one set after the final book in the series.
If you're a fan of Unwind or you're reading it for the first time, be sure to check out this companion to the series.
A quick note on the new covers: I like them, but I'm personally a fan of book covers just featuring text. Honestly I think that the original covers are more unique because they're more creepy, which might also put some people off, but I like the look of these new designs together. Hopefully the redesign and the publication of UnBound will encourage more readers!
Source: Edelweiss I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Simon & Schuster!
I'll write a full review closer to the release date next year, but for now here's my initial thoughts.
This was a short read at 200 pages and I read itI'll write a full review closer to the release date next year, but for now here's my initial thoughts.
This was a short read at 200 pages and I read it in one sitting. If it wasn't as short as it was, I doubt I would have finished it. It just personally wasn't for me, and it makes reviewing it difficult.
I didn't really feel a connection with any of the characters or find what I was reading extraordinary. It's an okay book and I think the problem I have with it is more a 'it's not you, it's me' kind of thing. Honestly I enjoyed other books that deal with the same subject more and they had more of a lasting impact on me, so in a sense it's kind of unfair to feel disappointed with this one but I sadly do feel that way.
I still appreciate what the author aimed to do with the subject. I liked the author's note at the end and that we did get to see different perspectives, but that in itself was a big problem for me - there were too many voices in such a short space of time. I struggled getting to know them and differentiating between them. I hoped that I'd feel more for them when I read this. Jumping between different characters was almost disorientating - I'd just get used to one then it would switch again, and it would take me a few moments to figure out who it was and what was happening.
At this point, there's not many reviews so I'm not sure how other readers will respond to it yet. Maybe it's just me? For whatever reason, it just wasn't 'wow' for me but I hope that others who have an interest in the book can appreciate it more than I did.
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