Thursday, June 19, 2014

UnWholly: A Book Review

So if you haven't read my review of UnWind, go do that now! And if you haven't read that book, be forewarned that there might be some spoilers after the jump.

UnWholly is the sequel to Neal Shusterman's disturbing dystopia novel UnWind. Shusterman's novel is thoroughly researched and I find it so refreshing to read an author who can write multiple perspective and do it so well. There were only a few times were the perspective of two different characters started to blend, but other than that he did a fantastic job with it.

Shusterman doesn't open the story back up with Lev, Risa and Connor, which was something that probably led away some readers. I have a friend that said she loved the first book in this series, but got bored of the new characters so she gave up on it. I want to hit her with the book, because I think once you get past the new characters the book flows just like the first one. One of the problems I think people have with the sequel is that the new characters Starkey and Miracolina seem too much like Connor and Lev 2.0s. I think that Shusterman actually presents these two as foils. Miracolina does not have as much of an epiphany about being a tithe than Lev did, and Starkey is an extreme version of Connor. He's who Connor would have turned into had he never developed into the person that the Admiral left in charge of the Graveyard.

There is another new character we meet named Cam. Cam isn't a person whom has an unwound part, but he's a whole mess of unwound parts fitted together to create a human. He's like a futuristic Frankenstein's monster. I'm on the fence about how I feel about this character. Cam can't help that he was created so I felt empathy for him, but at the same time the way he thinks about Risa is a little unsettling.

The second book delves deeper into how the UnWind Accord came to be; however we are still left with a lot of questions. There are two more books in this series, so I hope by the end these questions are answered. All in all I think Shusterman's ability to capture multiple voices and the character development pushed the novel over the edge. I'm giving it a 8.5 out of 9.

What did you think of this book? Leave me a comment below!