By Casey

Title: UnWholly

Author: Neal Shusterman

Release Date: August 2012

I know what you’re thinking: What! Unwind has a sequel? Does there need to be a sequel? This will either be pure awesomeness or the biggest letdown ever.

To answer your questions: 1) Yes, it’s going to be a trilogy! And 2) No, Unwind is not in need of a sequel. It’s perfectly complete as a standalone. But that doesn’t mean that the sequel was not pure awesomeness. Because, without a doubt, it was.

In Unwind, we saw the dire consequences of a world where unwinding is substituted for abortion. UnWholly continues to explore these consequences without dragging on the story. Instead, there is fresh content: A boy made entirely of unwind parts, the perspectives of the three characters we know and love along with altogether new protagonists, antagonists (!) and those characters you just can’t make up your mind about; as well as the occasional omnipresent perspective that I personally find so unique and striking.

What I admire most about Neal Shusterman’s novels is that he leaves no question unanswered, no loopholes. No detail is ignored to convey the greater message. This is what makes his work so insightful. His work reveals truths applicable to humanity in any setting, one of them being “that people believe what they’re told. Maybe not the first time, but by the hundredth time, the craziest of ideas just becomes a given” (86) that is so relevant in more than just this novel. And though the intense plot kept me flipping pages, Shusterman’s commentary is the most fascinating part that keeps UnWholly far from being forgettable. Five stars.

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