Sunday, January 25, 2015

Undivided by Neal Shusterman

Genre:  YA Dystopian
Unwind Dystology, Book 4

Note:  If you haven't started the Unwind series, the information below can spoil plots from earlier books.  This series is a definite recommendation for dystopian lovers.

Description (taken from Neal Shusterman's website):
Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

I must admit, I wasn't pleased with the third book ending without completing the series.  I just felt like a fourth book was going to be unnecessary.  But whatevs.  I got the fourth book and had a satisfying conclusion to an epic dystopian world of unwinding.

All of our beloved characters come together to set a spark to the flame.  Everyone should know what unwinding does instead of hiding it in the closet.  And for those who don't know, unwinding is dividing troubled teens into parts that can be used to save lives (allowing for them to live in a divided state).  As Cam goes back to Proactive Citizenry to take them down from the inside, Conner and Risa work to uncover the mythical organ printer.  All while Lev is trying to take a stand for Unwinds.  But in the end, will it be enough to get the world to listen to a few troubled teenagers?

Honestly, Neal Shusterman does an excellent job of weaving fictional characters into a story that flows through current news articles.  It kind of pulls ties from our current world into this unwinding world.  And while the unwinding idea is completely absurd, it still brings the idea full circle.  After finishing it, I have to question what things I'm apathetic to that I shouldn't be.  It's a story that keeps you interested until the end and then leaves you food for thought (without anyone balking at the idea).

I definitely recommend this series to anyone and everyone.  The first book is cringe-worthy and wholesome dystopian goodness.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review, I love so much this saga, it is pretty amazing, and it is not a well-known book, it's a shame, because it is amazing saga and i think very realistic


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