I’ve read many adult books before I started getting into YA novels, and let me just say that none, NONE, of the adult books I’ve read have made me feel so illogically emotional for fictional characters before. Stupid YA novels!
With that said, this is a stunningly and realistically written cast of characters with an incredibly told set of stories that interweave in a scary and amazing way, much like one of the new characters in the book.
So many different emotions went through my head in this sequel. Anger, annoyance, frustration, sorrow, angst, more anger, more frustration, more sorrow, etc. Yep, apparently, author Neal Shusterman wants to show you that it can be worse before it gets better. Ugh!
I’ll just tell you a little bit, but I don’t want to spoil it. Basically, Connor, Risa, and Lev are back. From the first book, you know the government agreed to change the age cap of unwinding to 17, so that any kid who reaches 17 cannot be unwound.
Well, you’d think that’s a step in the right direction. Yes… and no. Think about it. When the system has been run a certain way for years, drastic change to that system can cause a huge ripple of effects, and probably not in the way that those who meant it for good to be.
Just remember this –
The road to hell is paved with good intentions…
The threesome do what they can to continue life for themselves as well as for others. But not surprisingly, they are faced with challenges that stretched their ways of thinking, including with people they meet. Some you’ll find are nice enough, some are incessantly annoying, and sadly, some you’ll actually feel would probably best be unwound. (If you feel guilty about it, then I believe that’s a good thing. If not, well…)
The new characters are as realistic in their thoughts and way of thinking as Connor, Risa, and Lev were in this world of unwinding. And some characters will be revisited, which makes for even more intense drama.
I have to say, it was really a struggle for me to get through it because I felt emotionally pummeled by the events that were happening, but when I realized that this is the 2nd of three books. I kept thinking… okay, there will be hope… eventually.
What’s interesting is how the book tries to get you thinking, and you realize that change doesn’t come easy, and isn’t usually welcomed with open arms, especially in a governmental system, or any system that has seemingly “worked” for years. People, if raised to believe and accept a certain way, will have a hard time thinking any other way, regardless of whether their way of thinking is probably not the most humane, even if it can be taught as logical.
Seeing how this story has turned out, it’s no wonder it has taken Neal Shusterman quite a while to come out with it. (Luckily, I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel about it until just last September).
It’s truly an intriguing story, and I almost regret that I got an ARC for it because that just means I have to wait a little while longer for the 3rd book.
Anyway, when it comes out, get it, prepare yourself as much as you think you can, and read it. Be warned – you will have feels! What those feels are, I cannot say.