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The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

January 22nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Bought from

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Other Press

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from When Dorrit Wegner turned fifty, the government transferred her to a state-of-the-art facility where she can live out her days in comfort. Her apartment is furnished to her tastes, her meals expertly served, and all at the very reasonable non-negotiable price of one cardiopulmonary system. Once an outsider without family, derided by a society bent on productivity, Dorrit finds within The Unit the company of kindred spirits and a dignity conferred by ‘use’ in medical tests. But when Dorrit also finds love, her peaceful submission is blown apart and she must fight to escape before her ‘final donation’.

This book freaked me out because it was one of those I can almost believe it could really happen sort of societies.  It makes me wonder if one day our society could reach the point where we are so desperate for organ donors and so focused on productivity that we could basically sentence people to death just because they are older and have no children.  It was amazing watching this group of people come to terms with their new life in The Unit.  Some seem to almost enjoy the life they live here despite the looming weight of the ‘final donation’.  Others are resigned and for some it doesn’t really sink in until they lose someone they are close to.

This book will keep you engrossed as you keep turning the pages waiting to find out what is going to happen in the end.  Will Dorrit find a way to escape and fully enjoy her new love or is their love doomed?  The ending left me feeling disturbed and this book is definitely one that will stick with you.

If you enjoyed this book you might want to check out Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  In his book unwanted teenagers are “unwound” to use them as organ donors.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, General Fiction

10 Responses

  1. The Kool-Aid Mom

    I have this one on Mt. TBR, and am looking forward to getting to it… someday. I like dystopia, and the idea that it was older people as opposed to the usual teens or younger adults was intriguing, too.

  2. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I haven’t read this book yet, but it reminds me of a cult movie called repo-man…though that’s more sinister maybe with the repossession of organs when installment payments are not made on time. disturbing.

  3. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I’m sorry its Repo! The Genetic Opera, but there is a repo man in it.

  4. Tricia

    I’m going to look out for this one – it sounds intriguing.

  5. Kay

    Great review. This sounds like a troubling read but I’m really intrigued by it!

  6. Bina

    Great review! I love dystopian novels, and this one´s been on my list for a while.

  7. Jen - Devourer of Books

    I totally agree, this book seemed disturbingly plausible.

  8. dsuzuki

    Thanks! I hope everyone enjoys it.

  9. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    I really liked this one. Very thought provoking1

  10. Michelle

    I 100% agree, this was the kind of dystopian-like scenario that you can actually see happening in real life. It’s not so implausible and that is one scary thing!

    for the most part I too liked this book but found the literal language of the translation slow to get used to at the start.

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