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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. 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.
He is amazed that they actually pull into the all-night drive-through. Starkey feels like the master of subliminal suggestion, even though his suggestion was not all that subliminal. Still, he is in control of the Juvey-cops. He pounds his shoulder against the glass that separates their world from his. He will never taste his favorite foods again. Never visit his favorite places. At least not as Mason Starkey. The night shift cashier at the drive-through window is a girl Starkey knows from his last school.
As he sees her, a whole mess of emotions toy with his brain.
He could just lurk in the shadows of the backseat, hoping not to be seen, but that would make him feel pathetic. No, he will not be pathetic. Hey, Amanda, will you go to the prom with me? He shouts loud enough to be heard through the thick glass barrier. Finally Amanda gets it, and suddenly she becomes a little sheepish. Sorry for what? Save it. She sighs in exasperation and gives up, handing Lady-Lips a bag of food.
Do you need ketchup? Hey, Amanda! Starkey shouts as they drive away.
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If you really want to do something for me, tell everyone I went down fighting, will you? No one goes in the front way, least of all the Unwinds. The county jail has a juvenile wing, and in the back of the juvey wing is a special box within a box where they hold Unwinds awaiting transport.
End of story. They pull him out of the car and flank him on either side, grasping his upper arms tightly. They are practiced in this walk. He grins. That so? Then, in his finest Houdini fashion, he raises his right hand, revealing the cuff no longer on it.
Instead, it dangles free from his left hand. The man screams, and blood flows from a four-inch wound. Mouthpiece, for once in his miserable life of public disservice, is speechless. He reaches for his weapon, but Starkey is already on the run, zigzagging in the shadowy alley. But what are they going to do? Reprimand him before they unwind him? The alley turns to the left and then to the right like a maze, and all the while beside him is the tall, imposing brick wall of the county jail.
Finally he turns another corner and sees a street up ahead. Somehow he made it there before Starkey. Down on the ground, or this goes in your eye! Do it! Tranq me in the eye and explain to the harvest camp why the goods are damaged. Mouthpiece turns him around and pushes him against the brick wall, hard enough to scrape and bruise his face. Or maybe I should call you Storky.
How do you like that, Storky? Blood boils hotter than water.
Starkey can vouch for that, because with adrenaline-pumped fury, he elbows Mouthpiece in the gut and spins around, grabbing the gun. The gun is between them. They both grapple for the trigger and— Blam! The concussive shock of the blast knocks Starkey back against the wall.
Blood everywhere! The ferrous taste of it in his mouth, and the acrid smell of gun smoke and—. The man goes down, dead before he hits the pavement and—. My God, that was a real bullet. Why does a Juvey-cop have real bullets? He can hear footsteps around the bend, and the dead cop is still dead, and he knows the whole world heard the gunshot, and everything hinges on his next action.
The patron saint of runaway Unwinds is watching over his shoulder, waiting for Starkey to make a move, and he thinks, What would Connor do? Just then another Juvey-cop comes around the bend—a cop he has never seen and is determined to never see again. As he escapes—truly escapes—all he can think about is the bloody taste of victory, and how pleased the ghost of Connor Lassiter would be.
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The manhunt for Starkey becomes more than just your typical Unwind chase. It seems the whole world is put on alert. The red hair is a bit of a disconnect with his olive complexion, but then, being a genetic hodgepodge has served him well all his life.
The red hair just adds one more level of misdirection. He skips town and never stays anywhere for more than a day or two. Starkey is prepared for life as a fugitive, because he has always lived in a kind of protective paranoia.
His friends appreciated his clear-cut approach to life, because they always knew where they stood. He would fight to the end for his friends.
You have the soul of a corporation, a teacher once told him. It was meant as an insult, but he took it as a compliment. Corporations have great power and do fine things in this world when they choose to. She was a glacier-hugging math teacher who got laid off the following year, because who needs math teachers when you can just get a NeuroWeave?
Just goes to show you, hugging a chunk of ice gets you nothing but cold. Starkey met him while hanging out behind a KFC on Christmas Eve, waiting for them to throw out the leftover chicken. Starkey knows all about the traps. If a hiding place seems too good to be true, it probably is. An abandoned house with a comfortable mattress; an unlocked truck that happens to be full of canned food.
There are even Juvies pretending to be part of the Anti-Divisional Resistance. The Juvies are offering rewards now for people who turn in AWOLs, Dogface says, as they stuff themselves sick with chicken. The kid swallows a mouthful so big, Starkey can see it going down his gullet like a mouse being swallowed by a snake.
Starkey shakes his head. Making it illegal to unwind seventeen-year-olds was supposed to save a fifth of the kids marked for unwinding, but instead it forced a lot of parents to make their decision earlier.
Starkey wonders if his parents would have changed their mind if they had another year to decide. Parts pirates are the worst, Dogface tells him. I heard this story about a trapper who got put out of business when fur was made illegal. So he took his heaviest animal traps and retooled them for Unwinds. Man, one of those traps snaps around your leg, and you can kiss that leg good-bye. He snaps a chicken bone in half for emphasis, and Starkey shivers in spite of himself.
There are other stories, Dogface says, licking chicken grease from his dirty fingers, like this kid in my old neighborhood.
His parents were total losers. Strung-out druggies who prolly shoulda been unwound themselves, if they had unwinding back in the day. Anyway, on his thirteenth birthday, they sign the unwind order and tell him about it.
Dogface shrugs, and flicks away a chicken bone. The kid was a stork-job anyways, so it was no great loss, right? Starkey stops chewing, but just for a moment. Then he grins, keeping his thoughts to himself.
No great loss. Need money? Happy holidays! Right around dawn, Starkey watches from a nearby rooftop as Juvies storm the drainage tunnel and pull out the dogfaced kid like so much earwax. Why am I being punished? I found other kids like me and was finally accepted for who I was. I found out that every single part of me was precious and valuable. Theft, however, is not about predisposition when it comes to Unwinds. Kids who would never steal a penny find their fingers stickier than molasses and full of all sorts of pilfered goods, from food to clothes to medicine—the various things they need to survive—and those who were already prone to crime simply become even more so.
Starkey is no stranger to criminal activity—although until recently most of his crimes were misdemeanors of the rebellious sort. He shoplifted if a shopkeeper looked at him suspiciously. He tagged bits of his own personal philosophy, which usually involved some choice four-letter words, on buildings that stood for the very things that ticked him off.
He even stole a car from a neighbor who always made his young children go inside whenever Starkey came out. Fun was had by all. Along the way he sideswiped a row of parked cars, losing two hub-caps and a bumper.
Their ride ended when the car jumped a curb and mounted a very unresponsive mailbox. The damage was just enough to have the car labeled a total loss, which was exactly what Starkey wanted. They never could prove it was him, but everybody knew. The guy simply had to be punished for that kind of behavior. All of it seemed to pale now that he was a murderer.
But no—It would do him no good to think of himself that way. Better to think of himself as a warrior: So even though that night in the alley still plagues him in moments of insecurity, most of the time his conscience is clear. His conscience is also clear when he begins parting people from their wallets. It was a simple parlor trick, but one that had taken lots of time to perfect. Making wallets and purses disappear followed the same principle.
A combination of distraction, skilled fingers, and the confidence to get it done. The drunk fumbles with his keys on the way to his car. Starkey strolls past, bumping him just hard enough to dislodge the keys, and they fall to the ground. They lift him up and shove him into the back of a waiting van. Perfect, the man says. Starkey groans, and some woman beyond his limited peripheral vision laughs.
We knew the truth without you saying a thing. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later. Create a List. UnWholly by Neal Shusterman. Summary 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. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.
Aug 28, ISBN: Shusterman Part One Violations The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. What is this? First his right wrist, then his left. On your feet! Leave me alone! Verbally confirm that you are Mason Michael Starkey. And why should I do that? For the last time, verbally confirm that you are— Yeah, yeah, Mason Michael Starkey.
Now get out of my face, your breath stinks. Blah, blah, blah. Congratulations, Mr. Starkey, says Mouthpiece. Sort order. Finished re-reading this! And I think I loved it even more the second time. For once, I feel like my original review is pretty solid and covers almost everything I have to say about this book. I'm always blown away by Shusterman's writing, world-building, and characterization.
UnWholly is a brilliant sequel to Unwind ——and like it's predecessor, I love how haunting, thrilling, and morally complex it is. I still haven't read books three and four yet, but I'm excited to see what they have in store!
Old review under the cut. Putting out a sequel five years after the first book came out is pretty risky. And honestly, I was a bit skeptical. I mean sure, I was excited, because I get excited for everything Neal Shusterman writes. But still I'd spent several years with Unwind lodged in my brain; even though I read it when it first came out about five years ago, so many of its details are still crystal-clear in my mind.
It's such a memorable and brilliant book, and I'd basically put it up on a pedestal. Therefore, I had really high expectations for this book and I was nervous that they wouldn't be met. But they were.
Oh, they were Now, did I love UnWholly as much as Unwind? That's hard to say. While of course they have their similarities, I think they're very different books.
Also, I have more of a sentimental attachment to Unwind and that probably affects my judgment a bit. I think I still love Unwind more. But don't get me wrong, its sequel is amazing. As far as picking up where the first book left off, Shusterman does a brilliant job. I was afraid I would have forgotten some of the important details of Unwind I probably should have re-read it first, but oh well , but I can't think of a time in UnWholly when I felt too lost for any reason. I found that a lot of the time, he would mention a pretty small detail from the first book and I would still remember it.
So, it could be that the details of the first book were just so memorable, but I also think Shusterman did a great job reminding the readers of what had happened in book one. Secondly, the characters were handled so well in this book. First of all, it was great to see our heroes from Unwind again——Connor, Risa, and Lev. All three of them have matured and changed a lot and have become legends in the world they live in, yet they still are the same people and they seem like real kids.
They all have to deal with the mess left behind after the events of Unwind , and I could really feel their struggle. My hearts went out to them But on top of that, Shusterman adds a very compelling new group of characters——including Cam, Miracolina, Starkey, and Nelson. Man, I don't even know how Shusterman manages to have so many characters and yet make them all so distinct from each other and make them all so interesting.
This is something that also impressed me in his Skinjacker series which is also incredible. It seems like when he writes a series, with each book he piles on more and more new characters, and somehow he manages to keep it all from spinning out of control.
That is an impressive feat, my friends. Every one of the new characters was compelling, served an important role in the story, and gave the reader something new to think about. The idea of Cam was just freaking brilliant. I mean, a person made entirely out of Unwind parts?
It's really interesting to see how Cam has to adjust to having so many different Unwind's thoughts and memories, and how even though he has the mind of several different people, he still struggles to become his own individual person.
And Miracolina Of the new characters, she was probably my favorite. Her backstory is incredible and thought out so well. Her relationship with her parents is so twisted and heart-breaking. I loved seeing her change throughout the story.
Basically she was super badass and awesome. And her relationship with Lev is so adorable. Lev shrugs. Then there were characters like Starkey and Nelson, who were just terrible people. And yet, I couldn't really bring myself to hate them just because they were such good characters. And that's the thing I love about Neal Shusterman's characters Even the really despicable ones another good example being Mary from the Skinjacker books almost don't really feel like "villains" just because Shusterman has thought out their stories so well and makes the reader understand why they've become the way they are.
In addition, Shusterman gives us a lot more to think about in UnWholly. While of course the first book was thought-provoking, he adds a lot of elements into the sequel that give the reader more to consider. I think that, in this book, he does a brilliant job showing how both sides of the conflict can be manipulative——both those who are for Unwinding and those who are against it. Not only that, but I love how he mixes real-life news articles into the book that show how the concept of the story isn't all that unbelievable.
While I don't think Unwinding could ever actually happen just because it's scientifically impossible , I could see it maybe happening if it really were an option. As Shusterman demonstrates, society does have this overwhelming hatred towards teenagers, and in the media they are often portrayed as "feral" and inhuman.
So, it's pretty scary stuff. And of course, the plot was amazing. Even with so many characters and so much going on, Shusterman handles it fantastically. The plot is fast-paced and never stops moving, but it doesn't get confusing either.
I spent most of the book pretty much like this: So yeah, it was super exciting. Over all, this book was just the bee's knees.
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It's compelling, it's moving, it's heart-wrenching, it's brilliantly paced I'm excited to see what's in store for the characters in book three.
View all 31 comments. These books are messed up! I still feel sorry for kids brought up in this world! I think I would rather deal with a killer clown!!! Apr 18, Kenzie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Getting this out of the way first: Neal Shusterman, I swear, if you make me wait five years for the next book, I will die. Like, actually die. My expectations were high, high, high for this one, considering how spectacular the first one was.
Well, this did not disappoint in the least. Damn it. Neal Shusterman is an absolute master at two things: How does he juggle so many different perspectives one of the perspectives is from the planes , for crying out loud!
Just astounding. One of my favorite qualities from Unwind was the come-out-of-nowhere, impossible-to-guess plot twists, and this book did not lack in those in the slightest. The characters. I honestly didn't think I could love the main three from the first book more, but their character development was fantastic and my love for them grew tenfold with every hardship they faced.
I adored his bond with Miracolina. I adored Miracolina in general. Her transformation was great. Cam, oh, Cam, you just want to hold him and pet him and tell him that everything's okay. At the end though man I can't wait to see what he has in store for the next book.
I can't talk about him without seeing red. All I can say is that I have never felt such hatred towards a character before, and considering other books I've read with those who'd done admittedly worse things, that's saying something!
I sent Caitlin three text messages within ten minutes of each other that express my feelings about this character quite well.
In verbatim: If you know me, it takes a lot to make me swear, especially with such violence. Could you actually believe that I sympathized with this kid once? That I actually kinda even liked him? Well, Shusterman has this way of just forcing you to get to know these characters, learn their histories, how their brains work, you suddenly find yourself more emotionally invested in them than you ever signed up for, and it's pretty bloody painful.
Never a dull moment for the plot. It's fast, gloriously fast, and every scene keeps you on the edge of your seat and you don't want to stop reading until you have nothing left. I especially loved the creepy advertisements and the public service announcements that plagued parts of the book, as well as the pseudo-articles at the beginning of each part. It gave it such a realistic, authentic feel. Brutal, brutal, brutal. That's another thing he's a master at.
This is plotted out extremely well and sometimes it was just so brilliant that I had to set the book down and writhe in my sheets for a few minutes before I could continue, all the while muttering, " Damn you, Neal Shusterman, you sneaky bastard.
Made me laugh. Almost made me cry. Made my emotions rip themselves from every crevice in my body and whirlwind around me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Aaaaand one more Damn you, Shusterman and your brilliance! I knew I bought a signed copy of Unwind even though I already owned it for a reason! View all 17 comments. Jun 12, Jillian -always aspiring- marked it as need-to-read Shelves: I was always hoping there would be a sequel to Unwind that ending was just too open-ended!!
Oh my goodness, I'm so excited, and I know nothing about the plot more twists, turns, and suspense, of course , the timeframe taking place a few months or YEARS after the first book? Anyway -- I love the word play with this title. On the flip side, though, "wholly" means "completely" -- so unwholly would be incompletely. Those are the pathways MY mind takes with the title, though. I just love it.
So inventive. Neal Shusterman, you are very gifted. Oh yes indeed. I very much look forward to this sequel. Here's hoping you transcend even your own high bar and soar to make us readers all awed and amazed.
View all 3 comments. Is it possible to get a heart attack from reading a book? Because these books should come with a warning label: What the hell else can I say about Neal Schusterman by now?? This was a worthy sequel to an already phenomenal start. Aside from the winning plot, that is? In awe. The thought and care that goes into his characters and the way every loose thread brilliantly interweaves at the exact perfect moment. View all 24 comments.
I kid and shamelessly take advantage of any opportunity to use an Alexander Skarsgard gif. But for the majority of the season, I was banging my head against the wall and yelling, "Stop trying to make Arlene happen! By the end of the season finale, I was completely reinvested in the story and anticipating next season. Likewise with UnWholly Shusterman introduces three new characters who take up a good chunk of the novel with their background and development.
While the characters weren't uninteresting, they felt like Unwind redux. Starkey is a less likable version of Roland, Miracolina is Lev 2. Cam is a whole 'nother beast. Meanwhile, I'm thinking, "I came here for Lev. At one point, even Shusterman's writing started to grate on me. The most advanced technology exists and they still drink Aquafina's bottled sewer runoff?! And then all the tedious groundwork came together and Connor, Risa, and Lev started acting like Connor, Risa, and Lev again.
It's not that there was a lack of action earlier in the story, but this time, I actually cared and the tension increased tenfold. By the end of the book, I was sucked back into the story and eagerly awaiting Book 3. Aside from the new characters, another aspect that may make-or-break UnWholly for you is the new development regarding the Unwind Accord. We learn more about how and why it came to be, which was a plot hole in Unwind. However, by filling that plot hole, it shifts the focus away from the abortion debate, which sets up a great storyline for Book 3 but also does a bit of a disservice to the issues raised in Book 1.
For me, UnWholly lacked some of the heart and guts of the original, but still raised interesting questions and made me think. Shusterman also writes taut, tension-filled action scenes like few can. I'll definitely read the next book, but go in with modified expectations. This review appears on Young Adult Anonymous. View all 13 comments. Jul 02, Laz rated it really liked it. Because words hurt more than any physical pain. Shusterman did justice to the characters, new and old ones alike.
So the book picks up from where it left in book one when Connor was left in charge of the Whollies. The book kicks it off with a new character, Starkey, who I'm sure you'll find pretty easy to dislike. Apart from Lisa and Lev who are still part of the story, we have some new characters accompanying each of our main characters journeys. What I loved about this book was that each main character had their own adventure in this one, it really made things more intriguing.
Especially, seing how every piece came down together as one. Maybe a reason why I didn't give this a 5-star rating is because I would have liked more back-bone story. Still, this was really good and I enjoyed immensely every second of it and if you loved the first book then you're sure as hell going to like this one as well.
What's more, Mr. Shushterman didn't forget a very important detail: Connor, Risa and Lev, they are all more conscious of their actions, they have matured, seeing a greater picture other than just themselves.
Now, I won't lie that I had my concerns about this series when I had read the first book because I thought that because of the sensitive subject it breaches, it could get bad real fast. Thankfully, that's not the case. Jun 23, Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: But spectacular. Review to come. View all 46 comments. Sep 25, Amma marked it as to-read Shelves: Actually, I really like the title: I don't know whether to rejoice or start crying that there's a sequel to ' the best book ever- no I mean it this time dude ', Unwind.
But I'm sure it will be excellent. The ending was very open and that's how I liked it. It allowed hope and optimism. View all 12 comments. Jun 07, Robin Bridge Four rated it it was amazing Shelves: He writes in such an engaging and imaginative way. The alternating PoVs each have a different voice and the glimpses into the minds of even the 'bad' characters gives immense insight into their motivations.
I liked this just as much the second time through and it still holds strong as my favorite YA series to date. Well done Mr. Shusterman, well done. Even if you aren't a fan of YA or only give few YA series a try I highly recommend this well thought out series. Original Review July 4. The unwinding of Roland left me torn because he was such a horrible person but unwinding was so horrible and to witness it step by step was one of the most heartbreaking things in the book.
Perhaps that is because how more shocked and appalled can you get after Unwind. Unwholly was more about how a revolution begins stalls and tries to pick back up. It is about finding your place in the world and dealing with the consequences of actions both yours and others. Finding the truth about the past and trying to use that to build a future. Connor is stuck running the Graveyard he has so many responsibilities and no time for anyone including Risa.
The anger in him is building but he is trying to keep everyone safe. The juvies know where the graveyard is and are just waiting for an excuse to take it down for parts. Risa is trying to get through to Conner but he has built up so many walls. She ends up in a precarious position as Cam the first person made from all unwind parts brings her into his life. Risa is trying to save the Graveyard but as she gets to know Cam she can see he is just as much a victim as everyone else in the Unwind game.
Risa and Conner struggle in this book but I love that they never really seem to give up on one another no matter if they are together or apart. Being storked as a baby he wants to save all the other storked kids. But unlike Conner he is willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone else in his way.
Starkey was the most disturbing thing in this book. The lengths and deceptions he was willing to go to were horrifying. Is he what the government has finally made to go against the system or is he part of the reason why the system is in place to begin with? But the break out character was Lev!!! I loved Lev in this book. The insights he had and fumbling to find a new role in life had moments of both joy and heartbreak. He really wants to make a difference but where to begin. Now there is an organization abducting tithes in his name and treating him like he is the second coming.
As Lev tries to save Miracolina from sacrificing herself to be a tithe you see the redemption he desperately is seeking for himself. It was so touching his story really inspired me. Like Unwind this took off quickly and kept going. There was not a lot of down time something was always happening. The shifting POVs make the story more three dimensional. Seeing into the mind of the Cam and Starkey were the most disturbing for completely different reasons. I will say well worth the five year wait in between Unwind and Unwholly.
View 2 comments. One of the best books I have ever read in my life. It was spectacular. Review pending. View all 21 comments. Jun 24, Alice Cai rated it it was amazing Shelves: First there are 3 new main characters Starkey, Cam, Miracolina introduced in addition to the 3 continuing main characters Connor, Risa, Levi.
I personally saw these new main characters as the "evil" versions of the original three, but that isn't really accurate in context.
The evil version of Connor. Levi when he sucked. Ok Cam isn't really similar to Risa, but dude d 4. Ok Cam isn't really similar to Risa, but dude definitely has enough going on already.
Some of this comes from liking the original main characters more than the new ones added. That's why I stated they were the "evil" versions. I also hated Starkey and he is supposed to be an unlikable character, but he has a reason for being an asshole and the narrative never convinced me to be on his side. I also hated Levi's and Miracolina's parts in the mansion section. Levi's new hair. I just imagined him with his old hair because that's a no from me.
So in summary I didn't like Starkey and Miracolina and I thought 2 big sections of the story graveyard and mansion were boring. The story is pretty much perfect from that point onwards. I really love the characters in this series so that's why this book is getting a 5 stars even with all it's flaws. The other big reason why I love this is a spoiler. This is a huge reason why I'm still giving this such a high rating after not liking a big chunk of the story. Here's a hint: It was low-key fucked up, but I loved it.
I actually think Connor x Risa are better together personality wise, but this author wasn't very good at writing their relationship after they got together which really annoyed and upset me. Connor, Risa, and Levi. I still love the original 3 best. They are awesome as always. He gave me the weird aspect I'm always looking for. I sign of my own free will. Okay, so, I wasn't going to write a review for this.
I finished last night and I was like I'll leave it alone. I know I'm going to read the third and I know that I love Connor and Risa and Lev, people don't want to hear me grumble on repeatedly. Well, I wasn't guna! I didn't have as deep a reaction as the first and I didn't want to write a mundane second review where my heart wasn't in it. But then something happened, something that doesn't happen often. I was just driving along and it began to expand and thrive and it gained this crazy pulse and my tummy started to get all fluttery with butterflies and BAM- All the feels.
Stop thinking about Connor. From his harsh journey to his struggles after the events of the first book These characters mean way too much to me for me not to be an advocate for their story, even if this installment wasn't nearly as strong as the first, in my eyes. And here it is-I wasn't going to give it a 4. But if something can make me think about it constantly, dream about it yeah I'm pretty sure I had some weird ass dreams about this weird series , and just care so deeply that it changes my first initial thoughts???
Once I make up my mind on a rating, that's it. That's my rating. But this one got deep under my skin Then, alone in the dark of a private jet, you smash your fist furiously against a wall until your knuckles are raw and bloody, but you don't care, because even though you can feel the pain, you know they're not your knuckles at all.
I am not going to lie and say that I didn't miss certain Things are different and harder and we truly see an inner struggle from both parties-but, the kicker is, that's also why I gave this another. I love Connor. And I love Risa. Seeing his their tortured souls really made this book tick for me, and to say they don't consume my every thought when I can't be reading about them is a lie obviously-look at this ridiculous review.
So, yeah, that happened. My heart hit my head and told it 'Fuck off' because this story wasn't getting a cold four. What if when they were alone together, in the heat of that passionate moment they both wanted-what if he lost control?
What if that hand held her too tight, tugged her too hard-what if it hit her, and hit her again, and again, and wouldn't stop? And how could he ever truly be there with her if all he could think about were all the things that arm had done, and all the things it still might do? One thing I don't like is when a story tells me something. It barely happens in this series, but I see it every once in a while and that's enough to annoy me-don't say 'but she will wish she had,' at the end of a chapter to make me 'anticipate' what is to come.
Don't insult my intelligence. I will gather, from the upcoming scenes, that someone regrets something through various scenarios and tremulous situations-Don't think for one second that my name is a lie: Stop it! Either things happen for a reason, or they happen for no reason at all. Either one's life is a thread in a glorious tapestry or humanity is just a hopelessly tangled knot. There are a few new characters in this story and I didn't think I'd like having their POV in this one.
I just wanted my babies' POV: Connor, Risa, and Lev. But, after a few chapters and pouting on my part, when we got to the meat of the story, I saw how intricate it made the story, how much more diverse it could be, if done correctly.
What it did? Oh, it invoked some Chelsea rage, of that you can be sure. Seeing things unfold from multiple perspectives was like a serrated knife to the chest and more than once I about squeezed the life out of my Ipad-because while I loved one new additional character I feel much better. Sorry for that, anyone who chooses to read this. He climbs into his hospital bed and forces his face into his pillow as the sobs crescendo into wails.
A full year's worth of suppressed heartache pours forth from his soul like Niagra, and he doesn't care if he drowns in the killing whiteness of it's churning waters. Finally-what I wasn't ever going to skip-I adored seeing Connor's struggles after the events that made him how he is now. It broke my heart but also made me swell with pride as he took on each new challenge and continually put his life on the line to take care of those who look up to him. I won't say anymore-just know, I'm like a proud mama hen with her chest all puffed out.
And then Lev!!! OMG I haaaaated this kid at the beginning of book one-now I smile so big when he is a part of the story especially near the end, you'll see why and root for him just as much as the others okay, well, if a grenade exploded So, yeah.
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