UnSouled (Unwind #3) by Neal Shusterman

Pub: Oct 15, 2013

Connor, Risa, and Lev–the most notorious teens-on-the-run–hunt down a woman whose science made unwinding possible and who may have the answer to its undoing.

Opening line:

“They signed it. The Heartland War is over.”

There’s so many things to love about this series: the crazy-complex world-building in a society where everything’s gone completely amok, the complicated characters who are each so distinctive and authentic, and the tough questions it raises about people and their worth. Though his Skinjacker Trilogy still tops my personal favorites list, the Unwind Dystology is definitely worth a place on your shelf.

That being said, I’d have to say this is the weakest of the series thus far. It suffers from the typical second-book-in-a-series symptoms, despite it actually being the third. Basically, there’s a lot of back story, a lot of characters wondering how to fix things and plotting and having their best-laid plans twarted, but not a whole lot that’s actually fresh. It’s a setup for the final book in the series, and if you weren’t one of us hard-core Shusterman fans who ran out to get the book right away, I’d have to say my advice to you would be to hold off until the fourth is published (sometime in 2014) and read them both together, because really, this read like the first half of a much larger book.

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