My first hour into this book I was groaning: ah, me, just another sci fi tale that claims all sorts of dire consequences if [insert one political part..Show More »y here] gets its way.
Stories like that always seem to simplify everything way too much. One side is always Nazi-evil to the core, and boy, who could ever have voted for them? And the other side is good good good all the way to their little tippy toes, and only a very few brave and extremely intelligent people can recognize the truth... blah, blah, blah.
But "Unwind" did not turn out to be the simplistic "Voter Beware!" I assumed it would be. In Shusterman's world, both sides compromise in politically safe ways, screwing everything up to the point where all young people are at the mercy of adults who may arbitrarily decide to "unwind" them, and everybody rationalizes away their qualms because they're sick of the war and politics that brought them there.
I don't think I really understood how fine this book was until we got to Sci Fy's story. That's when I began to better appreciate the narrator, too, and I really began enjoying "Unwind".
"Unwind" has lots of memorable lingo that make total sense, which for me is the mark of a great worldbuilding author. And it's got unforgettable scenes: heroic, sad, and sometimes incredibly disturbing. (What ultimately happens to one bad boy may be too intense for younger kids to hear; as an adult I found it quite unsettling. That scene alone almost took the book from science fiction into horror, and yet there's no gore in it.)
Best of all, the the heroes, the villains, and even the bit-players are all memorable, imperfect, totally believable people I enjoyed getting to know.
Great job, Mr. Shusterman. I expect to read more of your work!
I definitely recommend everyone to read/listen to this book, and I enjoyed listening to the book and the story is engaging, but it bears the marks of ..Show More »a mid-installment setting the scene for the series finale. The book goes deeper into the background of unwinding and the conflict, exploring more points of views and connects several storylines. Though the core protagonists are still the backbone of the story multiple POVs are brought in. The different POVs allows you to have insight into different perspectives on the situation and events that unfolds and keeps the story engaging.
One point that became somewhat of a pet peeve for me was the constant interconectedness between all of the characters. This tendency started to be apparent in UnWholly, and developed into slightly ridiculous proportions in UnSouled. While the relationships adds more layers to the story and I enjoyed seeing the intersections between the storylines, I feel this at some points made the story unbelievable.
This is definitely my least favorite book in the series, there isn't terribly much happening in terms of the story, as I said earlier, its main role seems to be laying the groundwork for the forth and final book.
I really liked Luke Daniels as the narrator, he did a good job bringing the characters to life and really added to the story.