“The story that began with Unwind continues.
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.
Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12792658-unsouled)
First off, I have to say that this book did not introduce another ethical dilemma like the two previous books did (unwinding and rewinding). Instead, it explores the two dilemmas introduced in UnWind and UnWholly. And I kind of missed having a new ethical issue to grapple with.
This book is also told in different POVs, which is a good thing, as the characters are now quite spread after the events of UnWholly. Cam, one of the POV characters and the first and only Rewind (as far as we know), was not a good a character as he was in UnWholly. In UnWholly, we followed his struggle to become his own person, to make a whole out of many parts. In Unsouled, however, he faces a quite predictable problem: he is seen as a property that can be sold and bought rather than his own person. This problem was not enough to really interest me. And his fixation with Risa was also a bit boring. I’d say that, at the end of UnWholly, he and Starkey are my least favorite characters.
I don’t like Starkey because he can’t think far ahead and is, therefore, unable to see how damaging his actions truly are. The other characters are okay. In this book, the one that really stood out for me was Grace. I’m not going to spoil anything, but she was a very pleasant surprise. I’m curious to see what will happen to her in the next book (really hoping she doesn’t get killed).
After three books of bleaker and bleaker scenarios, the very end of UnWholly presents the chance to turn the table. Hopefully, in the next book, things will get better. And I also hope that the next book will also have the glimpses into the past that UnWholly had.
Rating: 4 out of 5