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It's finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Unwind , which Publishers Weekly called a "gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller."

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa--and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp--people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simltaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.
Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam's fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he'll have to question humanity itself.
Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends--and what it means to live.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub. Division, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781442423664
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Shust
Characteristics: 402 pages.


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Jan 22, 2019

This book is an interesting sequel to ‘Unwind.’ Delving deeper into this world where ‘unwinding’ teenagers is considered not only normal, but acceptable, this book looks at even more disturbing concepts.

Meet a new batch of kids mixed in with old favorites. There’s cocky Starkey, a stork who thinks that Conner needs to step down. Then there’s the willing tithe Miracolina, who has looked forward to her unwinding her whole life, but will meeting the infamous Lev Calder change her mind? Then there’s Camus Comprix, a supposed mark of humanity’s progress, who is obsessed with Risa Ward. And then there’s an unfortunate Juvey-cop-turned-parts-pirate who is hell bent on the Akron AWOL who unintentionally ended his career.

Disturbing and portrayed in a way that makes unwinding seem like a possible future, ‘UnWholly’ is a nonstop adventure in which we get close to the teens as they run from society’s norms and toward a future they hope is brighter.

Sep 08, 2015

it's good, but it's not THAT good.

Aug 28, 2014

It surprises me how much this author can make me feel so strongly against a fictional topic. I mean, practically throughout this entire book, I felt this burning, spinning ball of anger in my stomach directed against the whole support and process of unwinding. There's nothing good about it. It's just the killing of kids. Ugh! Anyways, I thought the story-line was really well, the whole thing with Risa was an interesting development. I love how (Spoiler!) Lev and Connor end up on the road again. The whole Graveyard issue just made that ball of anger grow. It was just so terrible. The new characters were compelling. Miracolina seemed like she was a more stubborn version of Lev in the last book, and I liked how her story kind of ended (or did it?). I did not expect Nelson. Wow. I thought it was really interesting to have him be apart of the story. Then there's Starkey. I wanted to punch him so bad. The whole sad mess at the end of the story is his fault, yet he still think he is justified or something. And poor Trace! Ugh not looking forward to Starkey in the next book.
Overall, this was a pretty good book, and I would recommend the series.

claralex800 Nov 20, 2013

Ugh, Cam. Ugh, tithes. Ugh, blackmail. Ugh, segregation. Ugh, people without souls. Aside from that, this book was great. Not sure I'll be reading the last one though. And, because repeating it is good; UGH, Cam.

Jul 16, 2013

I love this book so much, but I have to admit the first one was a little better. Neal S. has really learned how to do Ken Follet style pretty well. He's switching back and forth between characters that are all tied up together. I love how while one character is stuck with a major problem and then we're moved on to the next character with an even bigger problem. It really keeps the book moving and the plot twist even tighter. This is not a disappointment at all as I expected it to be. The series is developing really well and I can't wait for the finale!

May 11, 2013

I highly recommend this book, however PLEASE read “Unwind” before you read “Unwholly”! Overall, I think that the first book was better, but only by a small margin; “Unwholly” is a great continuation of “Unwind”.
I feel like “Unwholly” would make a great movie! It is full of everything that a movie needs: unique and complex (but believable) characters, a little bit of romance (but not in the mushy kind of way), suspense, plot twists, and a central issue that makes the audience/readers really think (without getting a headache). This book is by no means a horror story, but it definitely has its dark moments.
Like “Unwind”, this book focuses on one character at a time every chapter. I really like how this allows readers to watch the overall storyline fall together from many different locations and perspectives throughout the book.
Shusterman does something very interesting in this book; he includes short news articles and public service announcements throughout the book that support unwinding. I like how this really made me think about the issues present in this book. While most of the characters are against unwinding, and with good reason, Shusterman gives readers a chance to decide for themselves whether or not unwinding should continue in this society.

kaylabrown1 Mar 31, 2013

Amazing read. Couldnt put it down.

enbeea Mar 21, 2013

margaret_harms, the third book has not come out yet. The second one was released only recently.

VanessaCCL Nov 06, 2012

"This long-awaited sequel to the suspenseful, gruesome Unwind finds Connor, Lev, and Risa's fates are inextricably bound with that of Cam, a sort of futuristic Frankenstein's monster who was built entirely from the parts of other teens, as the morality of the practice of "unwinding" is finally called into question. (In this bleak future, trouble-making teens can legally be sedated and kept only technically alive while their organs are harvested for transplants.) Tense, disturbing, and full of twists that will make you desperate for the next volume, UnWholly is just the thing for fans of provocative dystopian novels - but be sure to read Unwind first!" Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=565687

Oct 24, 2012

Although not as compelling as Unwind, Shusterman develops the plot in some interesting ways and introduces a few intriguing characters. I'm still on board to read the next one.

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Aug 28, 2014

Violence: Some kids die

claralex800 Nov 20, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Shooting of kids, houses being burned down with families inside, pilot being left inside a plane to die, the fact that a thing has be made from Unwind body parts...


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w4b4g33 Dec 04, 2014

"But laugh, laugh, laugh Hayden, because if you ever stop laughing it might just tear you apart..."

Aug 28, 2014

“Milestone! This is a momentous occasion," he tells her cheerily. "It should be witnessed by a friend."
She throws him an icy gaze, and he does a verbal back pedal.
"Aaaand since no friends are present, I'll have to do.”


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