Unwholly
Young Adult / May 28, 2017

Unwind #2. Author: Neal Shusterman. Summary: 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. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself. (Published summary) Content Review: Sexual Content: “Dad’s late nights at the office aren’t really at the office. They’re with Nancy.” // “I would love to be your first. You can do that, right? I mean… you’re complete, right?”…

The Day to Day Impact of Books
Outside the Reviews / May 28, 2017

How has reading changed you? And I don’t mean “This biography was so meaningful it changed my life!” or “Reading the classics turns you into an intellectual.” I mean the small, every-day things that we don’t always realize come from the books and stories we surround ourselves with. Recently, I was working through a plateau in my martial arts training. I was tired, bored, and didn’t feel like I was going anywhere. Taekwondo had, and has, no immediate application in my life, and I wasn’t enjoying the exercise I got out of it. Why keep going? Because, I told myself, this is my backstory. In any good book the hero or heroine doesn’t whip impressive skills out of nowhere at the critical point. They have well established backstories. He didn’t just happen to understand the ancient writing on the walls: he’s a linguist fascinated by early periods, and we’re well aware of his interest. She didn’t just happen to sketch the intriguing design on the front of her notebook that caught the agent’s eye: she loves drawing and she’s been doodling and sketching throughout the book, maybe even taking lessons. She didn’t just happen to fend off the older, stronger, man following her…