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UnSouled continues Neal Shusterman's dystopian YA series that he began with UnWind, returned to in UnWholly, and subsequently wrapped up with UnDivided. UnSouled lives up to the high standard he set in the prior two novels in all ways except one: there is no real ending here -- the sole purpose is setting up the grand finale.
UnWind was originally written as a standalone novel. UnWholly, clearly a continuation of a series it was not meant to complete, still had story lines that came to proper conclusions. UnSouled does a good job of continuation and set-up, as a transitional entry, but does not have its own story line -- indeed, quite a number of characters are left hanging quite early on without showing up any more, sure to return in UnDivided to help finish the series, but reaching no interim conclusions here.
On the plus side, as with UnWholly, several excellent new characters are introduced. Best of all are the brother and sister duo, Argent and Grace, who are not as dim and they appear at first. Jansen Rheinschild, the inventor of unwinding, briefly mentioned in UnWholly, becomes a fully formed character in flashback. One other new character is not as much of a success and does not look like she's coming back in the next book. Two of the better characters first introduced in UnWholly return, Connor nemeses Camus Comprix and Mason Starkey, with major impact.
While the new characters add freshness, the number of characters Shusterman now has to follow has grown to the point of spreading them too thin, especially after they dispersed at the end of UnWholly. So here's to hoping they all come together (their stories) in the closer of the series, which I'm going to get to forthwith.
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it was a great continuation of the story. my only issue is before the end of this story, it felt like Neal forgot that Conner was our main character for a while and just gave him 0 motivation... if you wanna chat about what I thought on this book then hmu on tumblr @ChubberzLuvvers