Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2014 Neal Shusterman (P)2014 Audible Inc.
fun, creepy, fresh
I would compare the format to A Song of Ice and Fire or Zelazny's Donnerjack, or Gaiman's American Gods (which is a pretty blatant Zelazny rip-off, IMO). The point of view jumps from one character to another, and often to characters that are actually peripheral to the central plot line, characters with no name who do little more than witness the events. This keeps the story fresh in ways that other books do not.
Let's face it. YA dystopian novels are a dime a dozen anymore. But if you've ever found yourself sick of listening to Katniss talk about how she's not-so-hot but can't decide which dude she wants, or Triss talk about how she's really not-that-hot but can't stop obsessing about the dude she wants, or any John Green character talk about how they're not-so-hot but can't stop borderline stalkerish behavior over someone they like, then this book is for you. Sure, that stuff comes up in the Unwind series. But just when it could start to get annoying, the point of view jumps to a gardener across the country, or inside the head of someone being harvested for organs, or whatever.
When Shusterman gets creepy, I enjoy it. And I need to be clear about this: I don't like horror. I find it gory and often silly instead of scary. Shusterman is not horror. He is suspense. He places the reader in the minds of characters slowly watching something terrible happen, slowly comprehending their levels of helplessness, slowly admitting to themselves that it is really happening. It sounds terrible, and it is. Which is what makes it so effective. Shusterman understands that enduring hope can sometimes be the worst thing to have in a bad situation.
Shusterman also does not always go for the cheap creepies. Which is not to say that the books do not go to extremes. They do. However, just when you think, oh gods, I am about to listen to some gross and predictable teen sexual assault, it turns out, no, actually, it's something completely different. And when a villain would normally menace and threaten a kid in another book, Shusterman has the villain show surprising integrity, or indefensible violence, or some messed-up combination of both.
It's not boring.
In this book, I think it was the scene when Camus asked Roberta to say Risa's name. It was just a damn shame, and it was the first time I kind of cared about Camus Comprix.
I want another series like this, full of action, politics, sci-fi, and heart. And read by Luke Daniels. <3 Luke Daniels. Hook up recommendations if any of you have them. I plow right through book series, both in audio and print, so I could use some fresh material.
Still wondering why this series has not been made into a movie or movie series yet. Riveting, suspenseful, and with the liberal sprinkling of all the news articles from real life sources throughout each book, the author has created a dystopian world that could possibly be reality one day - which is very frightening. Great read and the narration was just about perfect.
This would be a blockbuster movie series rivaling the Hunger Games. Narrator was divided (pun intended) a different voice for each character. Well done.
I will listen to it again because it is a great ending to a awesome series
The story was not predictable and it keeps the reader involved in the story. There are emotional lows and highs throughout.
There are many ways you could go with a tag line for this series. For this book specifically, "Winding up"?
Absolutely. This series and this audiobook in particular is amazing and I would recommend it to everyone.
Connor, Resa, Camu... where do I begin. They are all such well thought out characters I can't choose just one. They are all my favorite!
Luke Daniels is my favorite narrator and I will try and listen to everything he narrates.
Absolutely. I couldn't wait to start listening again.
I'm sad this is the last book. I loved this story so much. It was a great end to an epic series.
Edge of my seat from start to finish! I wasn't sure if shusterman could pull off an epic finally to this wonderful series, but he drives the nail home. Bravo
Avid reader who hates it when editors or writers butcher the English language. Honest reviewer.
I was impressed by this book because the author ended with hope. Connor, Risa, Lev, Hayden, and Grace are memorable and funny at times. If you can stomach a darker dystopian series then read these books.
Starts a little slow but picks up wonderfully about two hours into the story. And what a thrill! This is one story that ties up everything, answers every question, and actually leaves the listener feeling full. I loved this series and will probably listen to all four books again.
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