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Unwind (Unwind Dystology) Paperback – June 2, 2009
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"The power of the novel lies in what it doesn't do: come down explicitly on one side or the other."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Nail-biting, character-driven thriller."--"The Horn Book"
* "A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely."--"School Library Journal", starred review
"Poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying, this book will enjoy popularity with a wide range of readers."--"VOYA", 4Q4P
"Following in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Shusterman uncorks a Modest Proposal of his own to solve a Pro-Life/Pro-Choice dilemma...ingeniously developed cast and premise."--"Booklist"
* "Gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller...The issues raised could not be more provocative--the sanctity of life, the meaning of being human--while the delivery could hardly be more engrossing or better aimed to teens."--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review
"The shocking premise is unveiled immediately, and a nail-biting pace is sustained throughout, with the teens flung headlong into a true life-or-death struggle...these haunting debates will likely linger in the reader's mind even after the riveting plot fades...an ideal blend of philosophy and action set in a compelling futuristic landscape."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
Top Customer Reviews
Such is the premise of UNWIND by Neal Shusterman.
In the future being a troubled teen means something worse than being sent to a camp to get straighten out.
From The Bill of Life:
The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen.
However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively 'abort' a child...
...on condition that the child's life doesn't 'technically' end.
The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called 'unwinding.'
Three teens find out that they are to be unwound. Conner's parents want to get rid of him as he's a troublemaker. Risa is a ward of the state and is being unwound to cut state costs. Lev is a tithe as part of his parent's strict religion.
When Conner fights not to be unwound he ends up causing an accident in which he meets both Risa and Lev. Through their journey they meet others who are against the law and help them. Lev also finds out what really happens to those who end up getting the parts of those who were unwound.
They fight to make it till their eighteenth birthday. What they all learn on this terrifying journey will haunt readers long after the finish the last page.
This story both disturbed and fascinated me. The whole idea that a society would use rebellious teens to harvest body parts is beyond belief. I stopped more than once thinking what would happen if such a law existed? Would the desire to replace damaged body parts cause someone to become so numb to how the newer parts came into existence?
Chilling, this story will make you think about your ideas of life and what it means to be truly alive.
Shusterman has creates a world were a human being can be viewed simply as valuable parts. Unwinding is the outcome of a war based on the pro-life and pro-choice debate. Unfortunately, unwinding means different things to different people. For some it has become a huge money making business, to the kids it happens to, is a horror and for some parents and some parts of society, it is a nice convenience.
The story follows Conner, Risa, and Lev and how, for different reasons, they all have been selected to be unwound. Conner and Risa hate the idea of being unwound and have been selected against their wills. However, Lev has grown up knowing that this was his path in life, and he looks forward, with trepidation and conviction, for being offered up as a gift to God because of the unwinding. Due to an accident caused be Conner, Risa and Lev end up joining Conner as he tried to escape his unwinding. Together and apart, their fears and hopes are tested as they strive to stay alive in a world that believes they shouldn't be. The answer is, will they make it?
I would recommend this book to people for different reasons. First, I think that Shusterman did an excellent job in keeping the storyline going; there were no parts that I become bored or wanted to skip. Second, he makes the characters very realistic, and not without flaws. These are kids going through a horrific event and I fell that they acted true to real human nature. Third, the idea and premise behind the book is so intriguing and horrifying that you can't help but want to read the whole thing. All the way around it was an excellent book.
Three unwanted teenagers face a fate worse that death -- unwinding. Their bodies will be cut up, and every part of them used, from their brains to their toes. But if they can stay out of the authorities' clutches until the age of eighteen, they just might survive....
The most frightening science fiction novels are always the ones that are most similar to our world. Shusterman doesn't fail to describe how a wrong solution to a modern issue can affect generations to come. Thought-provoking, terrifying, and almost inconceivable, UNWIND will keep you reading late into the night.
Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
I liked the book, but it was very disturbing - especially for a teen book, but fairly original. And disturbing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a Christian I was concerned on how I would react to reading these books. Pro-choice and pro-life are such huge hot button issues right now and our society. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jenn
A brilliant and relevant story with so many facets. A must-read, no joke. I've rarely seen such good worldbuilding, combined with interesting characters (Lev is amazing) and so... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kira Budge
If I could give 0 stars I would. This was read by my teen as a Summer reading choice. There is no redeeming quality about this book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Susan Herold
I am completely spinning. I can absolutely see this happening. This world was written in a way that made me nervous. Read morePublished 20 days ago by P wells
I first read Unwind when it first came out, almost 10 years ago now. I was 13 and when I finished the book, I was completely blown away; so much so, I forced my dad to read it (he... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books