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Unwind (Unwind Dystology) Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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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.
In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 11/6/2007
- Pages: 352
- Reading Level: Age 14 and Up
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I just couldn't get past the writing style, and although I was originally intrigued by the unwinding idea, the more I considered it, the more preposterous it seemed. I can't imagine parents raising a child until 13 then deciding they should be broken up for parts, or thinking that a child is "owed" as a religious tithe. I was getting ready to put this down, but kept going after paying $9 for it. However, not 13% in, I called it quits when the main male character disparagingly refers to the female character as a "don't touch me type" after she reacts negatively to him touching her hair uninvited. No thank you.
Highly recommend this book , on the order of the Underground railroad , George Orwell's "1984" and Nolan and Johnson's "Logan's Run" combined.
And Shusterman tells a good story here. It's fast paced, never really having "down" moments. He keeps the characters moving; they have to be since they are on the run. There's not a lot of flowery words bogging the story down. The only complaint I would have about the execution of the book was the present tense. At times it jarred me out of the story and I had to reread a few lines. After a while I was ok with it but I think I just prefer past tense because it's what I'm used to. I would knock of half a star if we did half stars around here.
The overall story was interesting. It's definitely going to ignite readers on all sides of the spectrum. It gets you thinking about abortion, Pro-life vs. Pro-choice but, in my opinion doesn't take a strong stance on either side. You have characters that think both ways about life. There's even a huge discussion about when life starts in the middle of the book- I thought for sure I'd get a sense of what the author's stance was there. But really you got four different point of views on the subject and no one was touted as being the "right" one. I think it was a good job of getting people to think about something without being too political about the whole thing.
The idea of "unwinding" is creepy. It just is. But I don't think it's so farfetched that it would never happen. I think the explanation of how it happened was unrealistic- I think the author could have thought that through a little more. There's a better story in there than the one he told. That explanation was lazy on his part. My thoughts on "unwinding" is that it is plausible that you guys, as humans, would try to do something like that. I don't think the way it is portrayed in the book is feasible, there's some playing around with science and physics, but the theory is something I wouldn't be surprised if we hear about in the future.
Now this book isn't for everyone. A lot of people don't like the scene where the unwinding is done to a character. That didn't bother me. It was disturbing but in a way that makes me think about how sacred life is, not in a way that grosses me out. I also know it would never be done that way; it's for the drama of the story. Sometimes you have to give a little leeway for storytelling. That part was one of those moments.
The story was also, for me at least, predictable. I wasn't overly surprised by any one thing that happened. It's not that it wasn't a good story, there was just nothing super special about it. I was entertained, my thoughts were provoked, and liked following these characters around.
It was a good story. It was told well. I'm fine with the ending of this book. I don't think I feel the need to read the other books in the series. I was torn between three and four stars but I think, in the end, it was good, not great. If you like sci-fi YA books I would read it. If you're looking for something a little more romance-y I would skip it.
Full review <a href="http://reviewingtheviewing.blogspot.com/2013/12/unwind.html">here</a>