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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

March 17th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would “unwind” them

Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev’s unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family’s strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed — but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

The concept of this book was what first grabbed me.  The idea that society could get to the point where they think harvesting a body of it’s part is not really killing a person but letting them live on in other people is just disturbing.  In fact, it’s so crazy that I can see after any big disaster or war people actually falling for it and supporting the idea.   At one point in the book you are actually there for the unwinding of one of the characters and talk about disturbing.

Connor initially appears to be a jerk that deserves to be unwound but from his interaction with Risa he soon realizes the person he can become.  Although their journey was not an easy one we see how Connor, Risa and Lev change as they are on the run and they realize the world is not really what they thought it was and what they can do to change it.  I thought this was a really thought provoking book for both adults and teens.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

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