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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
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Jul 11, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-reads, dystopian, youngadult, science-fiction

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 review is intentional vague. I don’t want to spoil anything for people who haven’t read either book.

After a terrible war between the Pro-Life people and the Pro-Choice people, an agreement was made to add The Bill of Life to the Constitution. Basically, life is protected from conception until the age of 13. Once a child reaches 13 a parent then has the right to Unwind their child. Unwinding is a process where the child officially remains alive – but in a “divided state.” Every part of the body is harvested at a Harvest Camp and preserved and later used for people that need replacement parts. For instance, if someone is suffering from heart failure – instead of have bypass surgery you just get a new heart that once belonged to a child that was Unwound. A parent or legal guardian can sign the unwinding order until the child reaches 18 (now 17 after an amendment because of developments in UNWIND). Chilling, huh? Well, just wait!!

UNWHOLLY follows the characters we connected with in the first book, Lev, Connor, and Risa. They face horrible and dangerous situations at every turn. Shusterman provides us with several new characters – some you grow to like and others you grow to hate. Together, they are forced to make ethical decisions that will determine whether they live or die (a.k.a. live in a divided state).

This book brings up questions about what it means to be alive. How far would you go to survive? Would you take a new arm, new spine, new eye knowing they came from a kid between the ages of 13 and 17? A kid that became too much trouble for the parents? A kid that didn’t want to “die” anymore than you do? It really makes you think.

Absolutely fantastic! That is all I can say. If you liked UNWIND then you’ll love UNWHOLLY. If you haven’t read UNWIND yet, get on it NOW!
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Reading Progress

July 11, 2010 – Shelved
April 19, 2012 – Started Reading
April 19, 2012 – Shelved as: youngadult
April 19, 2012 – Shelved as: science-fiction
April 19, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-reads
April 19, 2012 – Shelved as: dystopian
April 19, 2012 –
page 77
April 21, 2012 –
page 134
April 23, 2012 –
page 260
April 24, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Julie Graves Can't wait to see what you think!

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Mark Creepy-looking cover. Looks promising.

Karin Really good so far.

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Jennifer is there any way I could get a copy off someone? I'm dying to read it!!!

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HD Tolson How did you get Unwholly? :O

Karin I got it at TLA.

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HD Tolson Is there any chance you're willing to do a trade for it? I really want to surprise my sister with Unwholly, and I've been searching around for it. I will trade you anything, and can send it out this week. That is if you want to part with your ARC, which if you don't, is totally okay :)

Karin I'm all for sharing, but I've actually already given it out. It is making the rounds. I'll let you know when I get it back.

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HD Tolson Thanks so much :)

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Martina do you think this'll be a trilogy??

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