New Release Review: UnDivided by Neal Shusterman

UnDivided by Neal ShustermanUndivided 
Book #4 in the Unwind Dystology
Genre: Science Fiction Dystopian
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

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.

Wendy’s Review: 5 Skulls – A+

This is it.  The final book in the Unwind dystology.  Dystology… my computer says this isn’t even a word.  Which I suppose is fair, since Unwind, Rewound, and Storking aren’t words either.  It fits.  A ‘Dystopian-ology’.

Anyway, I read Unwind quite a while ago, before even book 2 was out back when Unwind was supposed to be just a standalone but the fans fell in love with the story of the Heartland War and the Unwind accord and Shusterman decided to turn it into a series instead.  The ride over the course of the 4.5 books was both up and down, some better than others.  In one book I would dislike a character, and in another I would love him.  (This is a good explanation for my feelings on Lev Calder/Garrity.)

In UnDivided, the final book in the Dystology, I was prepared to be let down.  Usually in a final book the anticipation is so high that the book can’t measure up.  You feel like something is missing, or glossed over, or rushed through.  I thought it likely that I would just read it and then move on, unaffected.  The reality is that I don’t think it was the best I’ve read, but it did make a statement.  At about 75% the tears were rolling down my face, and it continued that way off and on until the end of the book.  So much sacrifice.  I don’t want to give anything away, just take away from this review that it was so good.  It was worth it all.

One thing, you know how other series where the novella’s and shorts are accents but don’t necessarily need to be read to enjoy the main series?  The Unwind Dystology is not like that.  There is one short.  It comes after book one, before book 2, and you really should make sure you read it.  You can read 2 and enjoy it, though there are some undertones you won’t understand.  You can’t read books 3 and the final book 4 if you haven’t read Unstrung.  The events in Unstrung have a very big influence on what happens in those final books.

Unique, wonderful, dystopian series.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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Series Reading Order

1 – Unwind
1.5 – UnStrung
2 – UnWholly
3 – UnSouled
4 – UnDivided

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