Wednesday, November 13, 2013


UnSouled by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unsouled, the third book in the Unwind dystology, takes things a step further by really emphasizing the commercial and cultural acceptance/promotion of unwinding. While this book didn't have significant plot resolution or action (although there are plenty of breathtaking action scenes), the significance of this book was in the exploration of the cultural consequences of unwinding. Consequences that seemed so real and natural make this book, like the others, unsettling at times. It seems that society could so easily slip into such a cultural acceptance of such a horrible thing; it's almost a wake-up call, an eye opening experience, making you wonder what horrifying things our culture and society today have accepted?

Shusterman's writing continues to have satisfyingly depth and description without sacrificing action or surprise. His characters are fabulous, including the introduction of secondary characters that include Grace, a much needed balance to the chaos and turmoil that many of the other characters are experiencing. Plus she's really funny--good for a well-timed comment that will have you laughing.

There's quite the cliffhanger as well, leaving you with enough that you can't help but make up situations or scenes that you think will happen next. And I am looking forward to what happens next. I've followed this series from the beginning, and was fortunate enough to teach Unwind in school--solidifying my belief that this dystology is one of those with a prominent place in the can't miss category.

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