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Unwholly Audiobook

Unwholly

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Publisher's Summary

It’s finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Unwind, which Publishers Weekly called a “gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller.”

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

©2012 Neal Shusterman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Renee Carey 04-19-15
    Renee Carey 04-19-15
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    "No Words To Describe…"

    What strong vocabulary that made the book fantastic. Such an interesting story plot that left you on the edge of your seat wanting to read more! Now I'm looking toward to reading Unsouled.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 08-05-14
    Joseph 08-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Another amazing book in the series!"
    What did you love best about Unwholly?

    I love the way the author is able to convey such a creepy idea, in a way that makes it so interesting to read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. If I didn't have a life, I never would have put it down.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leah York, PA, United States 02-17-14
    Leah York, PA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Can not wait for #3!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwholly?

    The ending is such a cliff hanger...Is it weird that I hope Risa and Cam wind (no pun intended) up together?


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The reader was expressive and held my interest. I have enjoyed his work in other books too.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good listen but not sure if it truly compares to Unwind but I must say Neal is an amazing author! Keep em' coming Neal...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron G. Sword 06-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I wish I could give it 50 stars!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, it's an amazing story that will make you think, that will touch you deeply and besides all that it's just a darn good story with marvelous characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't know if I can pick just one thing, the whole story was amazing from start to finish, I desperately didn't want it to end. This sounds silly, but what I liked best was that it was a continuation from the first one, I wanted more of the story and this was it. I also loved the message of redemption.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have, this one is at least as good, maybe even better. Regardless, it was AWEsome.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I realized something about one of the characters ... before the story explained it. I was shocked, intrigued, horrified, amazed ... all that once.


    Any additional comments?

    Read UnWind first, and then read this one. It's an order! You won't regret it, I promise.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 06-07-17
    Dubi New York, NY 06-07-17

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Adding Parts to the Greater Sum"

    The first issue that must be addressed in reviewing the second entry in a series is whether one can start there without having read the debut. Technically, UnWholly may stand on its own. But I can't imagine why you'd want to jump in here -- there is too much world building and character development in Unwind that you would miss that would greatly enhance your UnWholly experience. If you haven't already read it, stop right here and go listen to Unwind.

    The next question for those who have read Unwind is whether the sequel makes it worth carrying on with the series. This is tricky because Unwind seemed to be a standalone story, wrapping itself up neatly. And the second entry did not appear for five years. But once Neal Shusterman decided to make a series out of it, the next three volumes and a prequel novella followed rapidly.

    UnWholly definitely carries the story forward. All three main characters of Unwind return -- Connor, Risa and Lev. The issues they must deal with expand -- in addition to unwinding, there is parts piracy, Shusterman introduces the concept of rewinding, and the untold history of the Heartland War begins to unwind (pardon the pun). I'm assuming you read Unwind and know what these terms mean.

    But most importantly, UnWholly introduces four new characters who help take the story in new directions, most importantly Cam, a teenage boy created from scratch from the parts of a hundred unwound kids (99). As in any good book of any genre, exploring your literary world, whether real or imagined, is best done through character, and that is the case here, via Cam and the other new characters, as well as the recurring characters from Unwind.

    Unwind was an unqualified 5-star listen for me, despite its requirement for major suspension of disbelief. UnWholly is almost but not quite up to that level. I was not wholly satisfied with the ending, which anticipates the next entry rather than being self-contained like Unwind. While the new characters are welcome additions (despite being recast Unwind archetypes, aside from Cam), and while Risa and Lev advance nicely, Conner stagnates, acting contrary to what we have come to expect of him for no reason that adequately presented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Cape BurneyAustralia 05-27-15
    Joy Cape BurneyAustralia 05-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series"

    What an amazing if disturbing concept.
    An extremely well performed production, I am finding that I just want to keep listening !!

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    Crystal Wilcox 05-03-15
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    "Great Read"

    loved this sequel also listened to the 1.5. which was great. I love the world into which you find yourself in. love the depth of the story.

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    Daa'iyah 04-08-15
    Daa'iyah 04-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    didn't like the character Starky not sure why he had to be in the book but enjoyed reading it nonetheless. would recommend and will try to finish the series.

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    Francesca Scopelliti 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great author, series and narrator!"

    This series is becoming a favourite and the narration by Luke Daniels just adds to the amazement of it. A must read for dystopian genre fans.

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    Jerrilynn 01-17-15
    Jerrilynn 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Worthy Sequel"
    What did you love best about Unwholly?

    I loved seeing what was going to happen to Conner, Lev, and Risa. After finishing the first book I had to wait for a book credit to get this second installment of this series. It was completely worth it.


    What other book might you compare Unwholly to and why?

    None


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I like Luke Daniels. He is a good narrator. He portrays the material in a way that seems as though he is interested. There is nothing worse than a narrator who is bored with the book. He has appropriate reactions that allow the listener to hear the voices, punctuation, emotion, and spirit of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    This book is part young adult, part thriller, part dystology, part romance, part drama, with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed, "Hunger Games," "Rogue," "Angelfall," or "Divergent."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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