Genre: Dystopia, Science Ficiton
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
Neal Shusterman, thank you so much for blowing mind away. Let me start by saying that I recommend this series 100%. There are times where the books can seem slow, especially in UnSouled, but trust me it’s totally worth it. Everything builds up to that one mind-shattering moment. Everything is just a side part to this bigger picture. The parts that may seem slow are actually paving the way for the story.
These books make you question your humanity, it gives you the large question of: Is unwinding all that bad?
At first I would have answered, yes completely. Those kids don’t deserve what they got. And I still strongly believe that. Neal Shusterman provides you with the POV of both the unwinds and the people who support unwinding. Which was genius because it’s because of that that made second guess myself. I know it’s crazy, but if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know what I’d do. If I were in that life or death situation where I knew the only way to save myself was to accept an unwound part, would I accept? Would I, even knowing that the part came from a living human being who didn’t deserve to be unwound. Would I still accept it? I’d still like to say no, that I wouldn’t accept it, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t know, and won’t know until I truly experience it.
You’re constantly wondering if these events were to happen in life whose side would you be on? If you were put into someone else’s shoes, what would you do? And although it scared me, I loved every minute of it. There’s a part in Undivided that makes me want to become a vegetarian because of what one character says, but I know I couldn’t do it and that’s what sickens me the most.
These books are haunting and always had me at the edge of my seat. Always had me questioning everything. There are like a hundred different villains in this series, some play a bigger part than others, but all of them are important. You never know who you can trust in this big bad world. You never know if you can even trust yourself. Good guys can turn bad. Bad guys can turn good. People you thought you could trust turn against you. I went into the last book thinking I knew who all the bad guys were, but oh was I so wrong.
Some of the bad character though truly believed that they were doing good (if that makes sense) and that’s one of the main reasons that had me hating them even more. They were so selfish and twisted, but I loved every minute with their characters when I didn’t want to strangle them. The villains were so brilliantly written and the multiple POV’s helped you to understand their motives and what was going through their minds. And although I hated most of them I couldn’t help but also feel sorry for them.
Connor, Risa, and Lev go through so much character development throughout the series. That’s one of the reasons I all them so much, it feels like you’re watching them grow up and you can’t help but feel so proud of all their accomplishments or heartbroken when something bad happens to them. I connected with the characters so much that sometimes it was hard for me to continue reading because I knew something bad was going to happen to them and I couldn’t do anything to stop it or help them. I could only read on.
My favorite character is Hayden, he brought the humor in all the dire situations. In one POV, we’ll have someone in a drastic situation which will leave me nervous and scared for that characters life and then we’ll switch to Hayden and he’ll make me laugh, even when I don’t want to laugh. My emotions were all over the place with these books.
There are multiple point of views in the Unwind series, Connor, Risa, and Lev are probably the main ones, but they most definitely are not the only ones. Every persons POV that Neal Shusterman adds has a purpose. They’re all important and they all add to the story. The story wouldn’t have been as good as it was without them. All of the characters were so different from each other, different personalities and they came from different backgrounds. And I applaud him for that because it’s hard to create so many point of views and make all of them important while also making the characters different from one another. It’s another reason why I love the Unwind series so much. Connor, Risa, Lev, Cam, they are all such different characters who come from different family backgrounds, but they were also so similar in many ways. All of them were fighting for that one goal: to get rid of unwinding.
I love all the character so much, it’s going to be so hard to let them go. But I’m so proud of each and every one of them.
Literally one of the best series I’ve read in such a long time. I love it so much. Amazing job Neal Shusterman, you are a genius and you seriously deserve a medal for this masterpiece. These books seriously need more hype and more people need to read it! This series is the kind that will stay with me for a very long time. I doubt there will be anything like it, it’s truly one of a kind.
Amazing ending as well, it ties up most loose ends, however I still wish we got a bit more story for the other characters, but the series was so amazing overall.
Unwind: 4.5 out of 5 stars ★★★★½
UnWholly: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
UnSouled: 4 out of 5 stars ★★★★
UnDivided: 5 (hundred million) out of 5 stars ★★★★★
Series Overall: 99%
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