Book Review: UnDivided (Unwind Dystology #4) by Neal Shusterman

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.
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Reviewed By: Kelli
I've been waiting on the conclusion of the Unwind series for four years now.  I can't believe it's been only four years, because I can't remember a time when I didn't think of the characters from UnwindUnwind was one of those books that left an indelible mark on my heart, a book I'll never forget.  My first time reading it was so emotional and moving.  I've read it twice more since then and loved it even more each time.  The premise is so relevant, so captivatingly realistic, that I find myself thinking about this series often in my daily life. 

This entire series has been stunning, thrilling, and inspiring.  The way Neal Shusterman writes his characters makes them unforgettable.  His plots never cease to amaze me: he can weave story threads together in a way that makes me feel like the story could not have possibly gone any other way.  To put it succinctly: he's a storytelling genius, pure and simple.  And UnDivided was, in my opinion, his best work yet.

Shusterman continues with the theme of multiple narrators, and it really works for this series.  In UnDivided, there are more narrators than ever before.  It was almost to the point of getting confusing, when the narrators' stories began to converge.  Watching these people living separate lives come together to the same purpose was magical. 

All of the characters I fell in love with in Unwind are back, and they all get their conclusive endings.  I won't say happily-ever-afters because that isn't always the case---Shusterman keeps his stories realistic---but the endings were decisive and I loved that about this book.  The way he concluded the actual issue of unwinding was perfect.  Wondering how that story arc would unfold was one of my most-anticipated things about this book, and I'm so happy with the way he treated the unwind accord.

I could go on for days about how great UnDivided was, but I'm going to stop here and urge you to read this series if you haven't already.  It really is one of my favorite all-time series, and I can't wait to see what Shusterman comes up with next.  Also, if you haven't already heard, Unwind has been optioned for film release, due out in 2016 (read about it here).

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