Tag: Dystopian

Sunday Series Review: The UnWind Series

Today Kim reviews The UnWind series by Neal Schusterman. I am sure you all know by now how much she loves him! He is becoming a favorite author of hers.

The UnWind Series by Neal Shusterman

Books in the Series:  
UnWind
UnWholly
UnSouled
UnDivided
UnBound

Series Summary Description:

After the Second Civil War, the Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, a loophole allows parents to retroactively get rid of a teenager through a process called “unwinding.”

Three teens defy the system and run away from their unwinding: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents’ tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing.

As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Connor, Risa, and Lev must work together to survive—and they may change the fate of America in the process.


UnWind
Published: June 2, 2009
353 pages

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would “unwind” them. Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev’s unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family’s strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed — but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

UnWholly
Published: August 28, 2012
417 pages

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 organs for transplanting 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 made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds; he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles to find 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.

UnSouled
Published: October 15, 2013
433 pages

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 towards 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 ending the unwinding process forever. Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. 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, their paths will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

UnDivided
Published: October 14, 2014
385 pages

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.

UnBound
Published: December 15, 2015
321 pages

Find out what happens to Connor, Risa, and Lev now that they’ve finally destroyed the Proactive Citizenry in this collection of short stories set in the world of the New York Timesbestselling Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman. Connor Lassiter’s fight to bring down Proactive Citizenry and find a suitable alternative to unwinding concluded in UnDivided. Now Connor, Risa, and Lev are free to live in a peaceful future—or are they? Neal Shusterman brings back his beloved Unwind characters for his fans to see what’s left for those who were destined to be unwound.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4.8 stars
Kim’s Review of the Series:

This series blew me away! Neal Shusterman is easily becoming one of my all time favorite authors. He manages to bring in philosophy without being pompous and boring. He takes controversial issues, keeps to neutral ground, and shows the reasoning behind both sides. You start out knowing exactly which side of the issue that you’re on, but then find yourself agreeing with some of the reasoning behind the other side. I didn’t think anything could top the Scythe series, but this one did.

I love Connor, Risa, and Lev so much. They are teens who start out with narrow viewpoints, as regular annoying teens and then are thrown into very adult situations, and they shine! The supporting characters are believable and fit the story perfectly. There are several rabbit trails that branched off of each story, but they were simple and easy to follow and keep track of. And as I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that there’s a decimal up top in the rating. This was a difficult one to rate, mostly because I wanted so badly to give 5 stars. There were very small things that I didn’t like, a little teenage drama within the series, and some weaker short stories in UnBound that kept me from giving a perfect score. But overall, I loved this series, and I think this is the perfect series for teens. I might even be giving this series out as Christmas and birthday gifts this year! I would absolutely recommend this series to everybody!

Series Purchase Links:
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Gunslinger Girl

Author: Lyndsay Ely
Published: January 2, 2018
433 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

Kim’s Review:

I really liked this book! It was a new take on the classic western with a kick ass heroine! Pity was a relatively strong protagonist who was likeable and relatable. The only reason that I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5, is because Pity does falter at times. Unfortunately, in trying to stay true to her conscience, which I acknowledge, she appears weak. It certainly doesn’t help that she’s unreasonably hard on herself. But overall, I liked Pity a lot.

This is stand alone that could have easily been stretched into a series and there’s a part of me that wishes Ely had stretched it out. There were times that the story felt rushed and like all the info was smushed in. The story was interesting and unique and with a good twist. I loved the feel of Cessation! I really felt like I was walking into a town very much like Tombstone or Dodge.

The Casimir was an unorthodox and dangerous haven in the middle of a more dangerous world. This is another book that focuses on the gray in between the black and white of life. And I would like to formally request a book about Siena Bond! If Serendipity is a bad ass, then Bond is a BEAST! Seriously, I would buy that book! I would absolutely recommend this book to high school girls. There are a couple adult scenes, but they aren’t graphic at all so I think Gunslinger Girl is safe for high schoolers.

And I have to talk about the cover! I honestly bought this book, mainly because of the cover!! Its gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! A very good book!

Purchase Links
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The Thousandth Floor


Author: Katherine McGee
Published: August 30, 2016
496 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Kim’s Review:

I really, really disliked this book! I don’t want to say hate, because I didn’t necessarily hate the story, but I will admit that I hated the characters! Honestly, if the future holds such stupid, immature, whiny, spoiled teenagers, then I want no part in it. I tried reading this book 2 years ago, and after about 75 pages, I had to put it down. I couldn’t take the drama anymore! When I ended up finding it on Audible for really cheap, I thought I’d give it another chance. Usually I do better with audiobooks than I do with physical books, with the ones that I tried reading but lost interest. I barely made it through the audiobook! All the rich kids, who honestly have very few problems, have to create problems because they’re bored. The poor kids blame rich people for all their problems, instead of taking personal responsibility.

I couldn’t stand Avery at all! I guess if my parents genetically engineered me and I was the most beautiful girl on planet earth, then I’d at least try to use my brain more often. Oh no! the one guy that she “can’t have” (spare me, he’s adopted, you nitwit!!) is of course the one she wants. She’s spoiled and manipulative and selfishly puts her own wants (there are very few needs in this story) above the good of her friends. Leda is just evil and vindictive. Rylin, who does actually have a brain, is so stinkin immature that she sabotages herself at every turn. And the one person that I actually kinda sorta liked/tolerated was Eris. She started out as a spoiled party girl, but ends up changing and sorta maturing quite a bit. Overall, this is just an exhausting book. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2, is because the story was at times interesting. I really wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.

Purchase Links:
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