Unwind- Neal Shusterman

Written By: Kellie - Jul• 24•11

Synopsis: 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. -Goodreads

Review: I read this book after reading another bloggers review, and I’m so glad I did. Dystopian novels can be shaped from any aspect of the modern world so it’s interesting to see where the Pro Life vs Pro Choice debate could go. The world these characters live in is twisted and warped, almost beyond recognition, but you can understand how the world got from here to there, which is a little frightening.

One thing that especially stood out for me in this book was the character growth. Two of the three main characters had significant personality changes from the beginning of the book to the finale. Even better, the growth was consistent with what they experienced in the book. It really worked for me.

All that being said, parts of the plot didn’t sit right with me. Everything that was going on just seemed to be on such a small scale. While the main characters were definitely fighting like hell for their own lives, there just didn’t seem to be any sign of big changes in the air. Even as things were wrapped up for the characters at the end of the book, I just didn’t feel like enough progress had been made. Goodreads lists this as Unwind #1 though, so I guess this just the beginning while I would have pegged this as a standalone. If there is another book coming, I’ll be reading it.

Overall a solid addition to the quickly growing dystopian YA family. I’d be especially interested to hear how anyone with a strong opinion on the pro choice debate thought about¬† this one as it definitely makes you think.

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  1. There is a second book coming, Unwholly, although I see Unwind as a standalone. I’ll probably read it, but if I don’t like it I’ll dismiss it and be happy with it as just one book. What I really liked about Unwind is that it focused more on the character growth rather than a larger picture, and used the three MCs to show us what was going on around them. So, for me, that worked.

    I wish I could just give copies of this book away. I might have to, actually!

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