UnSouled

UnSouled

by Neal Shusterman

SYNOPSIS:

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 learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

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It’s official, this is one of the best dystopian story 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 along since there, and watching their paths converge time and time again… I tell you, this story is an actual masterpiece.

Connor vs StarkeyMy mind is a bit fuzzy, I’ve been on an Unwind marathon and it’s hard to pinpoint (exactly) all the qualities this particular book has inside the series. It picks up right after the moment when all hell broke loose in the graveyard (where the last one ended) and it takes all characters on this awesome adventure around the US.

All puzzle pieces start to fall into place, unlikely alliances are made, people tag along for this journey in order to find a way to freedom, while others make their own goals and plan to reach them, sooner rather than later.

Our trio gets together and apart more than not (in one format or another), the reunions are bittersweet and unexpected. More villains start to track their movements and I can’t describe my excitement towards the next book in the series, as this one left me breathless and begging for more.

I’ve said this again and again, I’ll do it once more: what makes this story this amazingly great is the plausibility of it all. Yes, there are many fortunate and unfortunate coincidences, I’ll give it that – though I think that this is part of its charm, but the overall story, the world itself (so complex and mind-blowing) is painfully realistically portrayed.

This series is breathtaking.
It is mind-blowing.
It sweeps you out off your feet.
It puts things into perspective.
It gives you a sense of what humanity is, and what the lack of it can mean for the human kind.
It is gruesome and awesome and I can never have enough of it.

I’ve written an article a while ago about my “book bucket list“. “Unwind” has been featured in it and now I have a few hounded pages worth of more reasons for it to be there, for thinking that it is one of the stories that will haunt me years and years to come, one that would define me as a reader, maybe even as a human being.

connor-argentI am humbled by the beauty and the complexity of this series. By the power it hides behind its words.

This is a world I wouldn’t want to live in, not in a million years, but I can’t help being drawn to it like a moth to the light of a flame. It lures me in, it piques my interest and I am still hungry for more.

When I first heard that the story would be made into a series I didn’t know what to think of that decision. It took me two books to realize that it was the best choice. In UnWholly I didn’t know where the story was supposed to go, I didn’t know what all those characters were meant to thrive, but now that I see more of the bigger picture I am actually impressed.

I don’t want to say much about the story because it is better if you just enjoy it on your own, but I will tell you a few words about each character.

THE CHARACTERS:

Risa is just as strong, alone, untrusting as before and she makes human mistakes, but that only makes me like her more. Connor is shattered by all the things that happened to him, all the bumps in the road, the memory of his family is haunting him, but I think that he is still in a better place compared to the former book. Cam is confused, I was a bit scared by the feelings he still keeps for Risa, but interesting things happen with him and all path lead these 3 characters to a point where they get reunited.

Bringing them together also brought some great dynamic to the story (I was glad that they didn’t tear each other apart, though I think they could still find a way to do it, LOL) and having some other characters in the way makes for even more interesting moments. 

Grace is an amazing addition, she is smart and witty and I loved her in the story so far. Her brother Argent is a new villain, and next to Nelson and Starkey he is such crazy force in this game against the clock. Hayden is simply great, I just love that guy, I loved him from the very first time I met him in that shipping box and I have high hopes for his part in the finale.

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CONCLUSION:

So, what can I say, I loved this story page-by-page and bit-by-bit. It is amazing, it is confusing, it is magical in a gruesome kind of way. I could never recommend it enough. Now I’m off to review the next one. See you soon.

Happy midnight reading and.. stay whole!

PS: I haven’t felt this way since Newsflesh (another series that I recommend). Amazing stories are simply amazing 😀

Short interview:

Neal shusterman shares the secrets behind the new york times bestselling Unwind Dystology:

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  • Andrea

    I love this series too. Didn’t get to read the last one, but I plan on doing that soon!

    • Ari

      You definitely should. It was just as great as the ones before it 😉

  • Amelia

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I have no words to describe this series and you are right in all you say about it.

    • Ari

      You can’t imagine how much I love it too and I am glad to see other people enjoying it 😉

  • Ishlamise

    Sounds great, I read the first book in the series but I completely forgot that the author decided to make it into a series. I can’t wait to read these books too!

    • Ari

      They are amazing, I am sure you will love them all if you loved the first one 😉