UnWholly

Author Shusterman, Neal
Language English
Publisher
New York: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012




Annotation:

"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 and, in the same stroke, 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 expand, allowing the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished. Cam is a teen who does not exist. He is made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds. Cam, a 21st century Frankenstein, struggles with a search for identity and meaning, as well as the concept of his own soul, if indeed a rewound being can have one. When a sadistic bounty hunter who takes "trophies" from the unwinds he captures starts to pursue Connor, Risa and Lev, Cam finds his fate inextricably bound with theirs"--



Subjects :

  • Fugitives From Justice Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • Science Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Death & Dying
  • Survival Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • Identity Fiction
  • Revolutionaries Fiction

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award; Horror 2015-2015
  • Sequoyah Book Award; High School 2014-2015
  • Soaring Eagle Book Award; None 2014-2015

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
860L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 5.6
Interest Level 6-8
Title Point Value 27

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Reviews :

Kirkus (Kirkus)
After surviving the attack on the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, the heroes from Unwind (2007) lead the revolt against the Unwind Accord. Connor, aka the Akron AWOL, now heads up the resistance at the Graveyard, an abandoned airfield where 700-plus unwind escapees live in hiding. His wheelchair-bound girlfriend, Risa, who also survived the attack, serves as the Graveyard's nurse. Lev, a former tithe, now leads missions to rescue other tithes from unwinding and sends them to a camp where they can cope. Enter Cam, a schizophrenic, teenage Frankenstein built from the body parts of 99 different unwound teens. Shusterman mercifully supplies a Q&A at the front of this sequel to help readers fill in details from Book 1 in the trilogy. He also does an expert job of plunging them headfirst into his disturbing, dystopic and dangerous future world where teenagers are either handed over by their parents or kidnapped for "unwinding," or organ harvesting. While the plot moves quickly, the work definitely reads like a sequel--a good one. Shusterman is obviously setting the scene for a big climax in Book 3, and his only fault is excess. There are so many new characters and plot twists and segues that readers may feel overwhelmed or confused, but that won't stop them from turning the pages. A breathless, unsettling read. 2012, Simon & Schuster, 416 pp., $17.99. Category: Science fiction. Ages 12 up. © 2012 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2012.)

Claire Gross (Bulletin)
In Unwind (BCCB 2/08), unlikely teen rebels Connor, Risa, and Lev made a stand against unwinding, the legally sanctioned practice of terminating teens (and then transplanting their organs) that serves as a form of retroactive abortion in the future. In the aftermath of their uprising, things have only gotten worse, with the authorities cracking down on runaway Unwinds and black market for parts booming. While Connor attempts to run the resistance movement (no easy task when it s mostly made up of rescued delinquents), Risa is captured and forced to become a friend for Cam, a prototypical composite human made from the harvested parts of ninety-nine different Unwinds and the harbinger of what unwinding s strongest proponents see as its future. Hitting the ground running, this sequel introduces a huge cast of new characters and explores the technological and political origins of the unwinding system in greater depth than the first volume did, showing how such a horrific system could become socially entrenched (a case supported by strategically placed excerpts of actual contemporary news articles). Shusterman is not afraid to have his characters make unforgivable choices the world they live in sometimes necessitates them as they learn more about who controls the system they are fighting and try to defeat it. For now, the narrative reaches a satisfying climax in a complex high-octane battle among at least four different forces (including a splinter cell of unwinds who want to take over leadership from Connor). Thematically rich and packed with action, commentary, and consequences, this is a strong pick for dystopia fans that will also appeal to reluctant readers. Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2006, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2012, Simon, 416p.; Reviewed from galleys, $17.99 and $9.99 E-book ed.. Grades 8-12.
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2012.)

John Peters (Booklist)
Having floated a Modest Proposal to convert troublesome teenagers into involuntary organ donors in the near-futuristic Unwind (2007), Shusterman uncorks his version of a Frankenstein s monster for this middle volume in the planned trilogy. Constructed by the shadowy Proactive Citizenry from grafted parts of 99 gifted donors, and with a face that is a carefully designed patchwork of skin colors, Camus Comprix accepts his role as the centerpiece of a public campaign to expand the general harvest until he falls in love and begins to develop ideas of his own. Literary antecedents aside, Shusterman continues to develop and expertly twist plotlines begun in the first book, picking up the pace with short chapters and a present-tense narrative while interspersing for verisimilitude actual recent news items about real organ harvesting and abandoned and feral teens. Perfectly poised to catch the Hunger Games wave and based on an even more plausible dystopian scenario, this episode leaves its central cast of escaped teens in midflight, and should leave its target audience thoroughly discomfited. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It has taken almost five years for this sequel to the highly praised Unwind to arrive, so fans will want to get their hands on this the second it s released. Grades 7-10
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2012.)

Jennifer M. Miskec (VOYA)
In the first book in the Unwind Trilogy, Shusterman introduces us to a world in which parents can offer their teen children to be unwound, physically dismantled, every body part donated to other bodies in need. While mostly it is troubled teens who are arrested and unwound under protest, some so fetishize living divided that they promise their children from birth as a tithe. Book two, Unwholly, follows the stories of various teens living outside of the law, many in underground sanctuaries for unwinds until they are eighteen and lawfully protected. Lev, Conner, and Risa face challenges both old and new as they continue to fight to protect threatened teens. While the government continues to crack down on resistance to unwinding and pirates continue to flood the black-market with runaway unwinds, there are also rescued teens who actually want to live divided, as well as newly discovered underground communities--both for and against unwinding--that emerge. There is also the matter of Cam, the first composite human. Combined, Lev, Conner, Risa, and others face an increasingly surveilled and hostile environment. To add to the terror of this dystopic future, Shusterman includes real news pieces that show how society might be heading to an eerily similar ideological place. Various perspectives intensify the complex systems the protagonists are working against, namely the complicity with which average citizens accept legal policy. Smart, intense, and thought provoking, this series will stick with readers. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2012, Simon & Schuster, 416p., $17.99. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2012.)

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Series :

Unwind trilogy-book 2

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012

Media Type: Language Material
402 p. ;
PZ7.S55987 ([Fic])
9781442423664
9781442423688
1442423668
1442423684
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2012.,

Media Type:

1442423668
1442423684
9781442423688
9781442423664

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