04. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Dystopia, Teen Books

Unsouled (Unwind #3) by Neal Shusterman, 403 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/24/2013

Book three of the Unwind Dystology picks up where book two left off. Pretty much everyone is on the run or in hiding. Connor and Lev are in search of asylum from the Juvenile Authority and a particularly determined parts-pirate. Risa is on her own, also seeking save haven. Cam is busy compiling damning evidence against the Juvenile Authority while living the life of a celebrity. Connor and Lev head to the Arapache reservation where they must come to terms with the tragedies inflicted by the Juvenile Authority the last time Lev was in their care. Risa changes her appearance and mostly travels alone. Cam plays up his public image until he is informed that he is now effectively owned by the military, a fact that doesn’t sit well with his already-fragmented mind. The love triangle is still more or less in effect, although the characters aren’t really around each other enough in this installment for any real progress to be made one way or another. Eventually, all the major players will reunite and starling revelations regarding the history of unwinding and the role of Proactive Citizenry will come to pass.
A lot of this volume consists of traveling or hiding. All of the major players are nationally famous and must keep to the shadows if they are to survive. The Juvenile Authority and Proactive Citizenry continue to the embodiment of government-sponsored evil. While this book will not work as a stand-alone, it definitely expands the world that Shusterman has created. I didn’t love this one as much as the first two, mostly because it’s super-long and relatively low-action. There’s a lot of reminders about the outcomes from the first couple of books, presumably for readers like me who may have forgotten exactly how everything played out earlier. New characters are introduced, which is always fun and interesting. Things are complicated, but the horrifying premise gains a lot more traction with the extra world-building supplied by this installment. I’m interested to see where this series ultimately ends up. Evidently, there’s one more book to go, but I’m still not so sure Connor and co. are going to be able to take down such an insidious system.

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