Book Review: Unwind

Book Review: UnwindUnwind by Neal Shusterman
Series: Unwind Dystology #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books on November 6th 2007
Pages: 335

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.


Even after reading this book months ago, every detail is still fresh in my mind. And despite the controversial topic, I do not believe that I have anything bad to say about this novel. The characters are likeable, real, and you will find yourself rooting for them. In addition, if you want a book that will make you think and question your beliefs, then this is the book for you. Set in a world after the ultimate battle between pro-life and pro-choice, a world which allows unwanted children be unwound, three teens must fight to stay whole.
The plot is fast paced and original. Honestly, I think the plot may be the best part about the novel. It is amazing and disturbing at the same time. And the last 1/4 of the novel… will BLOW your mind. You do not come across books like this everyday! It is shocking how good this novel was. I never thought it would take me on such an incredible journey.

This book deserves to be a Fave because of its original plot, deep characters, and the ability to make you think HARD about your beliefs. Give the book a try and you will not be disappointed.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Unwind

  1. April (BooksandWine)

    What a ringing endorsement!

    I do have a copy of Unwind and am thinking I need to read it soon!

    Awesome review Kate. šŸ™‚

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