Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.
Last week, my first entry for Waiting on Wednesday was a book I am unreservedly excited about. This week, I am selecting a book that I'm not sure I'm going to like, but still am going to read no matter what. My selection this week is Unwholly by Neal Shusterman, the sequel to the wonderful Unwind.

UnWholly (Unwind)

Amazon Book Description:
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 simltaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant 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 a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for 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. Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

Why I Am Worried: I'm not sure this book was meant to have a sequel. The first book was so satisfying and whole (no pun intended). I always worry when authors tack on more books after the first one was so successful. That said, look at Ender's Shadow, while perhaps never to be as revered as Ender's Game, still a wonderful book in itself.

Why this book may still be good: I like that Shusterman is focusing on different characters-- I feel like Connor, Lev, and Risa's stories have been told. This description is fascinating. I hope it lives up to the hype!

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  1. I can't to read this book. I loved Unwind, and while it was originally meant to be a standalone, I would still like to see more of the characters.

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  2. WHOA. Book cover looks SO INTENSE. I never read the first one, but it sounds good!

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  3. I loved Unwind. I know that this one was planned forever ago and I have had it on my TBR before it had a cover. I can see some of your concern. It often happens that I love a book and can't stand the second in series. I hope that is not the case with this one. My WOW...

  4. I haven't heard of this series before, but I like its sound. Definitely have to take a closer look. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Interesting- I'm not familiar with "Unwind." Definitely one to add to the list. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. This is interesing! I will look it up when it comes out.

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  7. Great pick! I have heard some great things about Unwind and it sounds really good! Hoping to read it soon!

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  8. I've never read the first book but hmmm maybe I will check it out. Thanks for stopping by yesterday! New follower too!

  9. I feel exactly the same way. I love Unwind. It was one of my favourite books that I read last year but I don't think it needs a sequel. However seeing as it is from the point of view of new characters, I think I am going to give it a go.

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  10. Hey Christina!

    I'm definitely waiting for this one too, although I definitely agree with you that I'm a bit concerned. Though I didn't get quite as attached to Unwind as you did, I did feel like it was complete unto itself, so I hope it wasn't just a bid for more money.

    I know I've heard bad things about the sequels to The Giver. It worries me when books get originally unintended sequels, but I don't know if Shustermann planned for a second book or not.

    Curious to check it out.

    Thanks for following me, and I'm going to follow you back, because I really like what you've done so far.