I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
WOW! This was my first book by Yolanda, but certainly is not the last! I have fell in love with her writing style!
Unwound is the story of Caelum, created as 3257. Unlike humanity, Caelum describes his birth as something that began with an idea and a stitch; the brainchild of a deranged genius. He is torn for his love between his mother London and his want for freedom. Partially constructed as another one of London’s cruelties, he’s meant to only feel pain and fear. He must decide if escaping from London and her delirium was worth venturing out into the world he knew nothing about other than the small glimpse of life he once saw. As the time passes he has thoughts of going back and possibly destroying her but his time is running out as he notices that he’s beginning to slow down and wither away. Caelum then decides that the only way to keep himself alive, if he can call it that, he must return and confront London to get his hands on the one of her many journals to understand how to survive outside of the walls of her mansion of horror and torture. On the way he meets a young boy who gives him his first genuine gift, an inhuman misfit who gives him his name, a mysterious woman named Morrison whose intentions are never clear to him and more of London’s creations which confirms what he believed all along. That he was never the only one. In the world outside he learns more emotions: revenge, guilt, hope, satisfaction, pity, happiness, pride, and the most powerful; anger. Caelum must make his way back to London as his time is ticking slowly away.
The story is told from the POV of man. But not a born man. A created one. Created by a Mother, as he is calling her, a madwoman who is finding pleasure in creating part humans, part machines.
The main character, Caelum, is her creation, her little boy. He knows he is not a normal boy, and he knows that his life is not a normal one also. He is not allowed to go outside, look outside. He loves his Mother/creator as she gave him life and there were moments when she was almost civilised to him. But the pain, the tortures are causing his hatred to be a much stronger feeling. Through his journey we get to know him, people and creations like him. He is learning how to trust, how to survive after leaving his Mother.
He is making few friends and learns how to live without her, but after he received a package from his Mother containing part of his first friend he knows he has to kill her. And there is no turning back.
This book is totally different. The style is different. The theme is different! I haven’t read anything like that! Maybe except Frankenstein, but even that is not that good! In my opinion of course!
The only tiny minus are some editing mistakes, but other than that: FREAKING AWESOME book!