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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reader, 2012 (reprint edition)
Material: hard cover
Summary: Unwholly is the sequel to Unwind. The main characters are Connor Laitsser and a group of kids who live in a society where they can be surgically split apart and made into organ donors. Unwholly picks up after Connor and the kids find a safe haven called the Graveyard. It is an abandoned aircraft junkyard that provides a sanctuary for runaway unwinds called "AWOLs." Connor is no longer *just* a runaway. Now he runs the entire system that tries to save other kids from being harvested for their body parts. Government spies have infiltrated the Graveyard. Now they have to save themselves from being captured and unwound. This is a dystopian science fiction series for pre-teens and teens.
Type of Reading: independent reading, reluctant reader, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 13; read yourself: 11 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Unwind was unbelievable. I picked it up because I had to read dystopian fiction for school. Not only did I find myself liking it more and more, I knew I had to read the rest of the books in the series. Unwholly is is such a good read that I can't wait until I have the chance to read the third and fourth books. Neal Shusterman is no doubt my favorite author. He is the master of writing thrilling science fiction. If you see any of his books, I would recommend that you pick it up if you're middle school and up.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Great characters and an action-filled story make this book (and the others in the series) impossible to put down. Even kids who don't normally read dystopian fiction will be hooked.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that you'll read and then read again to remember some of the details as you're reading the next book.
Educational Themes: Even knowing this is fiction, there are some interesting topics and themes that emerge. There is a lot of food for thought for teens, in particular, about choices, risks, and deciding what's right/wrong.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, science fiction, fantasy, young adult series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.