UnDivided by Neal Shusterman

Undivided - Neal Shusterman

This is it. The final book in the Unwind dystology. Dystology… my computer says this isn’t even a word. Which I suppose is fair, since Unwind, Rewound, and Storking aren't words either. It fits. A ‘Dystopian-ology’.

Anyway, I read Unwind quite a while ago, before even book 2 was out back when Unwind was supposed to be just a standalone but the fans fell in love with the story of the Heartland War and the Unwind accord and Shusterman decided to turn it into a series instead. The ride over the course of the 4.5 books was both up and down, some better than others. In one book I would dislike a character, and in another I would love him. (This is a good explanation for my feelings on Lev Calder/Garrity.)

In UnDivided, the final book in the Dystology, I was prepared to be let down. Usually in a final book the anticipation is so high that the book can’t measure up. You feel like something is missing, or glossed over, or rushed through. I thought it likely that I would just read it and then move on, unaffected. The reality is that I don’t think it was the best I've read, but it did make a statement. At about 75% the tears were rolling down my face, and it continued that way off and on until the end of the book. So much sacrifice. I don’t want to give anything away, just take away from this review that it was so good. It was worth it all.

One thing, you know how other series where the novella’s and shorts are accents but don’t necessarily need to be read to enjoy the main series? The Unwind Dystology is not like that. There is one short. It comes after book one, before book 2, and you really should make sure you read it. You can read 2 and enjoy it, though there are some undertones you won’t understand. You can’t read books 3 and the final book 4 if you haven’t read Unstrung. The events in Unstrung have a very big influence on what happens in those final books.

Unique, wonderful, dystopian series.

There are plenty of great reviews, just like this one, over at Badass Book Reviews! Check us out!