Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Title: Unwind (Unwind Trilogy #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Format: Hardcover, 335 pg
Published: Nov 7, 2007
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
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Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Unwind was truly an amazing read. This concept of being "unwound" is chilling. Just as the synopsis says, at age 13, if a child has not proved themselves worthy or for other multiple reasons their guardian can sign an Unwind order. This order ensures that the child will basically be parted out to other people. All of their parts are used, therefore, they are still "alive." I found this disturbing, but highly interesting. The three main characters; Connor, Risa and Lev are all set to be unwound. The book follows these three in their journey.

Unwind was a twister, one of those books that is a wild ride that keeps sucking you in. The plot was exciting, the characters believable (even in thier crazy world), the construction and timing impeccable. Schusterman has left a mark of brilliance upon Unwind. I simply could not put this book down. It was so incredibly engaging to me. I really did care about what was happening to the characters and it just made this a highly enjoyable read.

5 stars to Unwind.
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