Hey guys! Sorry that it's been so long since I've gotten a post out. But I got a job a little while back at a local non-profit called Family Life Services. It is a crisis pregnancy center, and we help women with unplanned pregnancies or mothers that may not be able to afford to have their children. We give free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, material goods, counseling, and parenting classes. I am the new Development Manager and get to plan the parties, raise the money, and get the word out! It is so much fun. However, blogging regularly and having a full-time job has been more difficult than I originally anticipated. But I love doing both, and hopefully I will get into a little better rhythm here soon. Working in the non-profit world has been very rewarding, and I'm sure that I'll be posting about it a bit more as I go along. Feel free to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ or at our website www.flsfriends.com.
And here is a picture of a cute baby... the reason we do what we do.
But enough about me. On to the books!
Authors: Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Source: Purchased myself
Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like him 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.
"A tranq tears past his head so close that his earlobe is skinned from the friction."
This was an amazing ending to a fantastic series!! I believe I started my review of UnSouled (Book 3) by saying that Neal Shusterman is a genius... well, folks, that hasn't changed! Some authors have completely ruined series for me in their final book, but not so with Shusterman. He tied up loose ends while preserving the integrity of his characters.
While some might argue that there were a few convenient moments towards the end, I think that the author had been building to those events for the entire series. He introduced many elements in the first and second books that run throughout the whole (no pun intended!) series and are brought full circle at the end. Many sub-par authors will wait to introduce situations or opportunities for their characters until the last book or the last few chapters of a book, leaving us with the feeling that those occurrences were awfully "convenient." Shusterman didn't do this, which I greatly appreciated!
The underground war on Proactive Citizenry comes to a head in this book. Dotted with provocative propaganda and political intrigue, the suspense builds until the tension is palpable! Will the heroes be caught and unwound? Will they be able to resurrect a secret buried by Proactive Citizenry for decades? Or will Proactive Citizenry get a bill passed that allows the government to unwind teens without their parents' permission? Once I started this climactic book, I couldn't put it down.
And the characters. We have all of the favorites (Connor, Risa, Lev, Cam, etc.) and all of the hated (Nelson, Roberta, Starkey, etc.). But which of them will survive? The only thing I'll tell you is this: no one is safe! This final book is not only suspenseful, but formative for the main characters. So many of them grow in this book because of the decisions that they have to make. There is heartache (yes, I teared up a little) and romance and sacrifice beyond words. Shusterman's characters are so lifelike and genuine that you almost forget that they don't truly exist! This is the highest praise I think I can give an author.
Basically, I totally recommend this book and this series. I think it is an amazing social and political commentary on the decisions being made by our country right now, while still being accessible for teens and young adults. Read it.
It will rock your world.
Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 5 hearts!
About the Author
Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country.
Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers. As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences. Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing. Neal's novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true-to-life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor. Neal Shusterman now lives in Southern California with his children Brendan, Jarrod, Joelle, and Erin, who are a constant source of inspiration!
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