FICTION

UnSouled

Bk. 3. 416p. (The Unwind Dystology). S & S. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442423695; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781442423718. LC 2013022703.
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Gr 9 Up—This third installment continues where UnWholly (S & S, 2012) left off. Lev and Connor are on the road again. Their destination is back to Ohio where Sonia, an antiques dealer with an important past, will help them end Unwinding once and for all. After a bizarre car accident involving an ostrich, however, they wind up on a Native American reservation. Here, readers learn a lot more about Lev's past, and Connor meets up with Cam, the one and only Rewind. This volume keeps readers updated on many of the characters from the previous books. Following the different story arcs can be a bit confusing, but they are intriguing enough to propel readers forward. Ultimately, the threads begin to tie together, though a lot is left open for the next book. This novel is not as fast paced as its predecessors, but still it packs a punch and is an excellent addition to the series. Fans will not be disappointed.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Revolution is brewing. Risa, Conner, Cam, and Lev (Unwind; UnWholly) can't stay passive while the world so desperately needs changing. It's all heady stuff, and Shusterman effectively balances the big-picture ethical musings with scenes of the teens simply being teens. New readers would likely find this complex world bewildering, though the series easily warrants backtracking to figure out what they are missing.
In this third volume in the "Unwind Dystology" (Unwind, rev. 3/08; UnWholly, rev. 9/12), Risa, Conner, Cam, and Lev are all still adjusting to…not being dead following assassination attempts, the stress of being "unwound," and, in Cam's case, being "rewound." Revolution is brewing, and though the four might like to take deep breaths, hide out, and recover, their personalities don't allow them to be passive while the world so desperately needs changing. It's all heady stuff, and Shusterman effectively balances the big-picture ethical musings with scenes of the teens simply being teens. At this point, three volumes in, the dystopian world is intricately described and developed, and the protagonists' characters, each one flawed but defiant, are well established. New readers would likely find this complex world bewildering, though the series as a whole easily warrants backtracking to figure out what they are missing, and they'll join the ranks waiting for the next installment. april spisak

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