Unwholly- Neal Shusterman

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)OMG THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AWESOME. BUT THE ENDING NEARLY KILLED ME. (Note, if you have any thoughts of suicide, don’t read this book.)
I have no idea how to put what I am feeling now into words.

I guess I’ll just stick to blunt statements.

It was better than Unwind, if that is possible (even though I had doubts about it).

It kept me up till 2am last night, because my mind was racing all through it after reading it a few hours earlier… (which isn’t really good, because I had a exam today that I um… well… yeah…)

My heart broke.
Multiple times.
Neal Shusterman is crueller than Markus Zusak. (even though Weishi will kill me for saying this)
I HATE HIM FOR WRITING THIS BOOK, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I LOVE HIM FOR WRITING IT.

AND NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT. A. WHOLE. YEAR. (but please don’t let it be five years….)

;(
^ that just about sums up the entire book. ;(

(but don’t get me wrong, there were some happy parts… yeah… just some…)

There’s a funny story about this book actually:
Every day I was counting the days till it is released in the UK, and yesterday I was coincidently at the book store, when, GUESS WHAT? I SAW UNWHOLLY!!!!! SO then naturally I did a happy dance in the middle of the bookstore, and ran, actually sprinted to the till (Yes I got a few weird looks… BUT OMG IT WAS SO SO SO SO WORTH IT-at this point, EVERY SECOND MATTERS). I then sprinted home, well… if you can sprint on a bike, and I made record time. So next time I’m racing or whatever, just tell me Unwholly or Mark of Athena (OMG A WEEK!!!) or any other good book is at the other end, I can guarantee I will win that race. When I was home I was literally having a heart attack, and when asked by my brother what’s wrong I could only squeal and jump up and down whilst waving my rucksack frantically back and forth (.. I had forgotten to take out the book). So then, of course I started reading the book, hiding out in my room, so I wouldn’t get disapproving looks from my mum saying stuff like “Don’t you have an exam tomorrow?”

Summary
I AM SO WORRIED THAT IF I GIVE A PROPER SUMMARY I WILL SPOIL THINGS, IT TOOK ALL MY WILL (and the fact that I don’t want to be murdered), NOT TO SPOIL AND RANT ABOUT IT ALL AT SCHOOL TODAY. THE ENDING WAS WORSE THAN MONSTERS OF MEN (kinda…). IT BROUGHT ME ON THE VERGE OF BREAKING DOWN.
So I’m just going to copy the blurb off goodreads then add my own comments below, I don’t really want to be murdered again. (Yes, that is correct, I can resurrect) 😉

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 simultaneously 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.

Connor: throughout the book he struggles to cope with the responsibility of managing all the unwinds or whollies, as they are now known as. There is a moment in the book that I feel so sorry for him that makes me want to crumble… ;(
Risa: She does something unthinkable. Then it becomes thinkable.
Lev: OMG I LOVE LEV. IN UNWIND AND IN UNWHOLLY. I mean, how can you criticise a guy who turns his blood explosive? Well, yeah, he plays another part in the story, and he does something at the end which I seriously don’t understand… And he meets a girl… but I dunno how far their relationship will progress (if at all in the next book)
Starkey: I WANT TO STRANGLE THAT GUY. At first I admit… I liked him. BUT at the end of the first chapter I wanted to TEAR HIS THROAT OUT.
Cam: ;(
Trace: MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK. I SERIOUSLY CAN’T SAY ANY MORE THAN THAT OR I WILL BE ONCE AGAIN MURDERED. 😉

Cons
um… ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Pros (that’s more like it…)
THE ENDING
I have to stop typing in capitals…. (just imagine the rest in capitals, and imagine me screaming and shouting it):
I have no idea whether this should be in the Cons or in the Pros. it was just so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good, but so heart breaking, and so crushing. after reading it I just slumped. I killed me so much. I could never had seen it coming. at one point I thought one character was bad, then another character was good, but oh then they all turn out to be the other way round. just this one small detail really really killed me though (note. the names that follow are based on real people in the book, but i have used a different name to avoid any spoilers) (and sorry in advance for the caps, i really really just need to let it out) LUKE THOUGHT GEORGE WAS A TRAITOR BUT HE WASN’T AND  HE MIGHT NEVER EVER FIND OUT COZ OF STUPID JUNE AND STUPID ADAM. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ADAM JUST LET GEORGE DIE. AFTER EVERYTHING HE DID FOR HIM. I am on the verge of re-breaking down again… ;(

Lev
Yes. He deserves his own little paragraph. HE WAS AWESOME. I liked him the the first book, and I loved him in this book. But there’s just one thing that I didn’t get about his story; how can a sofa be a better cover than a wall? So yeah, he was awesome. I loved how he progressed through the books; Unwind, Unstrung and Unwholly. How at the very beginning of Unwind, he was just this innocent kid who would always do things according to the book, and then at the end of Unwholly just to be someone who lives their life on the spur of the moment.

Wil
WIL ;( WIL ;( Yeah, he kinda gets mentioned in this book, but only if you have read Unstrung will you be able to understand it.- they never actually mention his name… I just wish… Una… I really really really hope that she comes in in the next book, or at least sometime… SHE HAS TO HEAR HIS MUSIC ONE FINAL TIME.

Cam
Yeah, he’s also a special character who gets his own paragraph. It was so cool watching him progress. Like from a baby to a mature teenager. But it also brought up some philosophical questions; how can you exist, but not exist at the same time?, is Cam actually a person? etc. I did hate him at one part for trying to replace Joseph though (again, code name, but not necessary a new character)

Trace
I just wanted to put his name there. but seriously guys, i cannot write about him.

Twists
Yeah, I know twists happen in all good books… but this was unique, exceptional. Nothing on earth quite like it. The came out of nowhere, well not quite nowhere, otherwise this would be in the cons. They just aren’t predictable, but they can be logical.

All Emotions Possible
At times I wanted to tear the book out, and scream in frustration, at other times I just hugged the book. I felt all the emotions that I could possibly feel in the course of a couple hours. And I’m not just saying that coz I love the book. I’m saying that because it is the cold hard truth.

Plots, Plots, Plots, Plots…
Yes, I am talking about the evil man, lets call him Rudolf (not that Rudolf is evil or anything, he’s actually my favourite reindeer- I used to always leave carrots for him at Christmas :P). He was smart. I’ll give him that. Smart and evil. He used to be good. But then he became evil. ………. I’m just going to give up and say (spoiler alert- but it happens in our first meeting of him so I don’t know if it counts really as a spoiler): Rudolf is Nelson. Nelson is the guy who Conner shot with his own trank gun in Unwind. Nelson gets fired. He becomes a parts pirate. :O And some other stuff happens… But he is so so so so so so smart. But ironically even though getting his own gun turned against him lost him his job, he never actually learnt from his mistake. 😛 But in all seriousness, he is one of the best villains ever. If I ever became a evil guy, he would be one of my first choices, but that would be flattering myself because I can’t plot as well as he can. 😛

Favourite Quotes: 

  • “Words don’t hurt you.” Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain”
  • “All this time, Lev ever realized what he needed. He did not need to be adored or pitied. He needed to be forgiven. Not by God, who is all forgiving. Not by people like Marcus and Pastor Dan, who would always stand by his side. He needed to be forgiven by an unforgiving world”
  • “I have no idea,’ he tells her, and there is such a spark in his eye when he says it, she can tell having no idea is exactly the way he wants it.”
  • “We want what you no longer want.”
  • “The eternally sleeping princess, thinks Cam. But I shall free you from those poisoned brambles that surround your heart. And then you will have no choice but to love me.”
  • “Either things happen for a reason, or they happen for no reason at all. Either one’s life is a thread in a glorious tapestry or humanity is just a hopelessly tangled knot.”
  • “He only wishes there were something that would heal the scars in his mind, which he can still feel. He sees his mind now as an archipelago of islands that he labors to build bridges between – and while he’s had great success engineering the most spectacular of bridges, he suspects there are some islands that he’ll never reach.”

Summary
Do you even need to ask? 5 SHURIKEN STARS. NO QUESTION. BEST BOOK IN A WEEK. BEST BOOK IN A MONTH. BEST BOOK IN A YEAR (Sorry, can’t go further than that)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Hi, Weishi here.

    1. I can tell you’re excited when your use of grammar goes out the window. I started correcting it, but then I got bored and stopped. Seriously, how did you forget to use full stops?

    2. NO. DO NOT GO THERE. NO MATTER HOW SAD UNWHOLLY WAS, THE BOOK THIEF EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATISED ME. I CAN’T EVEN READ THE QUOTES WITHOUT WANTING TO GO CURL UP AND DIE IN A HOLE. YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND MY PAIN.

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  2. I can’t wait to read this book. I wanted to read it before, but now I might die if I don’t get my hands on it very soon.

    Reply

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