UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

UnSouled by Neal ShustermanUnSouled by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: November 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-half-stars

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

The Unwind Dystology has turned out to be such a great series, although UnSouled definitely has that filler book vibe to it. Much of UnSouled is taken up by Shusterman building up to the grand finale in the fourth and final book. Nothing much happened, but since Shusterman is such a great author, I read this book fairly quickly and I wasn’t at all bored.

I actually have nothing new to say about the main trio. They’re all going through a lot, especially Connor, but they have been throughout the entire series so far. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how their stories turn out, and how they manage to come out of it completely sane – if they live through it at all.

We got another look at Cam in this one. I still don’t like him, but I don’t think he’s meant to be particularly likeable. At all. He occasionally provides good comic relief to my evil sense of humour, but otherwise I find myself wanting to strangle him. All the time.

I still love this whole dystopian world, and how it’s all eerily realistic in a lot of ways. People are horrible, and the people running the show in this series are some of the worst. We get to see a lot of the history of the world in UnSouled, which I absolutely loved. A lot of questions that I’ve had since the first book have been answered now. The backstory stuff really gives you a different view of what happened and how this whole thing came about. Particularly the people involved. And that’s all I’m going to say.

I’m really loving where this series is going, and I’m excited for the giant finale that I know is coming. I plan on reading the final book next year, which will be part of my quest to finish a bunch of series that I’ve started but not yet finished.

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