“Unwind” by Neal Shusterman

Thursday, September 01, 2011 - Book Reading
“Unwind” by Neal Shusterman

Back of the Book:

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.

Janina’s Review on

I not only found the three main characters, but also the friends and enemies they make on their journey drawn realistically and very relatable. Everyone has his own way of dealing with their situation and nothing is painted in black or white. Those characters have their faults – some more than the others – but in the end there was no one who deserved to be treated like he was nothing but human spare parts for those who could afford it. (read the entire review here)

Pages: 352

Published: 2007-11-06

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is how plausible it seems. Although that is also a good thing for the book, it’s a scary thing for humans…

The very best thing about this book is how much it makes you think. Honestly, I’m not sure where I would stand specifically on the issue of “unwinding.” Granted, the process is, scientifically, a good one. If we had the ability to do such a thing I would strongly promote it for criminals, people who want to commit suicide (why waste a perfectly good body), and as an organ donor program for people who are injured somehow. But to say, “hey, this kid is just bad and I don’t want to waste any more time parenting, let’s unwind him,” is wrong. To “tithe” a child to be unwound because of some ridiculous religious believe is horrific. And to –

Um… I just realized that if you haven’t read the book, you won’t understand my mini-rant there. Sorry about that. Read the book. It is fantastic! The only reason it didn’t recieve five full stars is because the writing is a little awkward in some spots. Certainly not enough to take away from the story, though! I hear it’s going to be the start of a series and I’m looking forward to the following books! :-D


This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge, and the The Dystopia Challenge.

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