Book View: Unwind

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Series: Unwind, #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 6th 2007
Pages: 335

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.


First of all, I loved the different points of view in Unwind. Seeing the world from different perspectives gave a fuller meaning to everything that was happening. I loved the way the world unwound itself in the story. It throws us right into the drama and then slowly explains why the world is the way it is. There was a ton of action, a hint of romance and a lot of intrigue as to what would happen next. Unwind is the type of book that keeps you reading until the end. I loved the use of music in this book and there are some truly special moments that really set this book apart from others in its genre. I love the premise and the idea of a society who can choose to basically recycle body parts from unwanteds. I found this to be frightening and thrilling all in one.


A fantastic book that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and will have to check out the sequel soon.

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