Author: Neal Shusterman
Series: Unwind Dystology (#1)
Release Date: November 1, 2009
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Voice Actor: Luke Daniels
Awards: Sequoyah Book Award (2010), Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2009), Florida Teens Read Nominee (2009), Gouden Lijst Nominee (2013)
Finished Reading: March 10, 2014
About: “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 talented 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.”
I have a confession to make. I love dystopia. So, when I heard about this book, I just had to pick it up. It was definitely worth it. As of late, my love for dystopia had dwindled. I feel like a lot of books have been taking too much from others that have made a huge splash. (IE: Divergent taking from The Hunger Games.) Unwind definitely lit my dystopian fire once again.
The idea of having a child “unwound” is just something that is so beyond everything that I hold true to today, however, the reasoning and the reactions of the characters make this book seem like something that could happen in the near future. Not only is this idea creepy, but the idea of “storking” is as well. Storking is when someone who cannot care for a child, leaves the child on a doorstep. The residents then have to, by law, take care of the child. If the parent is caught leaving the child, the child goes back with the parent. How horrible! The whole idea of “life is precious” is totally flipped on its head.
The body parts have muscle memory! We meet a couple characters that are able to do certain tricks that they don’t even think about. The arm, or leg, or whatever body part isn’t theirs, just does it. It’ll make more sense after reading the book.
Basically, Rissa, Lev, and Conner are running from the law to keep all their body parts in tact.
My rating and why: I give it five stars! It definitely kept my attention the whole time. It wasn’t a story that was predictable. The characters were believable. The story is insanely compelling. While I haven’t read the others in the series, I’m definitely going to find time to do it, especially if they’re as good as this one!
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Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!