Wednesday, January 22, 2014

UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

UnSouled (Unwind, #3)Summary:
Proactive Citizenry, the company which created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, is planning to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies a sinister layer of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these shocking secrets, enraged teens begin a march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.
But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens are growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground, and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

My take: 3.5 looks
Very nicely done! This is the third book in the series,and I am already looking forward to the next one.

It had been a while since I read the second, UnWholly, and the characters were a little fuzzy to me. Shusterman masterfully integrated past action and events for those like me, without being pandering to those who read these books in quick succession. It was just the right amount of memory-triggers. The characters were more fully flushed out, which makes for a very satisfying story. Risa was a minor character in this one, but was robustly written. Connor and Lev, as well as Cam and Roberta, were very nicely rounded out. The addition of Argent and Grace were welcome, and didn't take away from the story (as is apt to happen when it gets character-heavy).

The books ends at a nice stopping point while preserving a palatable cliffhanger. It will be a long wait until the release of UnDivided, the last in the series, October 2014.


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