In Unwind, Neil Shusterman gave us a brilliantly disturbing look at a culture in which parents can have teenage children “unwound” – a process which kills them as every part of their physical body is separated and given to someone else. Shusterman introduced some weighty concepts in Unwind: Do we have souls? Do people have intrinsic worth? What makes human life valuable? Fortunately, UnWholly continues with the same skill and depth.
Though the book continues following Risa, Conner and the community of teens hiding in the desert, a key story arc involves Camus, a human composed entirely of the Unwound. He is a creation of science and human experimentation, the ultimate alpha human, the apex of beauty and strength. He will be a beautiful symbol of what science can offer a deconstructed humanity. [Read more…]