Review first appeared on fefferbooks.com.
UnWholly, like most middle series novels, felt a good deal slower in pace than [b:Unwind|764347|Unwind (Unwind, #1)|Neal Shusterman|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1297677706s/764347.jpg|750423], because there was so much more exposition happening. Connor, Risa, and Lev’s stories are developing, but a lot of things are setting up for the next book. The introduction of Cam, though, made things interesting and fresh. The longer we know him, the more we like him, and yet, the more disturbing the very idea of him becomes. Shusterman continues to challenge readers with moral and philosophical questions about life, death, and the soul. He also pushes them to think through the kinds of things they’re hearing from the media; perceptive readers will see the fallacies in the arguments as they’re presented, and yet, it’s hard not to see some of the logic in them, as well. My hope, as an adult reader, is that younger readers will be able to pick up on the way truths can be twisted to meet specific ends, and apply that as a filter throughout the rest of their lives. I loved how Shusterman was able to slip that teaching moment in, here (and in the next book, as well).
The writing, while a touch slower here, was consistently excellent. Again, a couple of low-grade swear words. 4 stars.