Tuesday, October 16, 2012

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

Librarian M is back again and discussing the newest book by one of her absolute favorites, Neal Shusterman.

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

You all read Unwind when we told you to way back in 2007, right? [Somehow, I'm guessing you haven't been reading us that long--Nico's note] If not, go read it now and then go ahead and read the sequel, Unwholly, too because it’s just as good as Unwind.

*spoilers for Unwind to follow*

Unwholly continues the adventures of the three main characters from Unwind and adds a new major character and a few minor ones into the mix.

Connor has taken over the airplane graveyard after a heart attack forced the Admiral into retirement. He doesn’t really want the responsibility, but there’s no one else available to step up, and he’s not a bad leader. At first his goal is to keep things running as smoothly as he can, but he soon realizes that the graveyard is not sustainable and he’ll have to make some contingency plans.

Risa is also living in the graveyard, but she doesn’t feel like she’s contributing much and Connor doesn’t have much free time to spend with her. When she see a chance to save a fellow Unwind by putting herself in his place, she takes the risk and ends up in a bizarre situation she spends the rest of the book trying to parse.

Lev is living with his brother under house arrest until a tragedy rips them apart. He has to go on the run again and ends up in his own bizarre situation which leaves him extremely uncomfortable and pairs him with another would-be tithe, Miracolina, who is angry about being denied the chance to have herself unwound for God.

Cam is the most interesting new addition to this world. He’s boy who has been entirely constructed of pieces from Unwinds, Frankenstein style. At first he struggles with things like walking and forming complete sentences, but soon he’s got bigger questions. Can he be considered an individual if he’s nothing more than a bunch of parts sewn together? Is he a person or a monster?

This book is exciting, complex, and horrifying- and you won’t be able to put it down!

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