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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Review: Undivided by Neal Shusterman (Unwind Dystology)
Okay, I've been saving this book to read for a few months because I didn't want to finish this dystology at all! When I started reading, I was really nervous to find out what happened to all the characters as I wanted lots of them to survive but being the type of book it was, I was certain not everyone would make it! I don't want to put in any spoilers so I won't discuss who did and who didn't make it to the end. All I will say is there were a few moments when I wanted to stop reading! But I simply couldn't. I ended up finishing this book in about 1.5 days, which is a compliment to Neal Shusterman. I was very excited and anxious!
What I like about this dystology is the way it interlinks with real life events, such as 3-D printers, punishments in prisons, overpopulation, crime, corruption, profit etc... There are many parts of it that seem like things which could really happen, much like George Orwell's 1984. Perhaps not all of these things will come true but there are definite echoes of real life in there which make it even more relevant and intriguing to read.
I imagine some people will say this is Young Adult and perhaps that means it shouldn't be taken as seriously as adult fiction but I hope not many people will say that. This dystology is full of amazing ideas and heartfelt characters. Some of them I wanted to get killed off, some I desperately wanted to stop reading in case they died, some I grew to like over time; but pretty much all of them I had an emotional response to. Amongst all of that, there was a lot of technical stuff going on but Shusterman managed to keep it accessible and engaging.
In short, I really recommend this dystology for young and old. If you want to think, pick these books up. Young Adult isn't for the faint hearted and this dystology proves it.