Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unwind by Neil Schusterman - Review

Imagine fighting a second civil war over one issue: reproductive rights – that’s right, pro-choice versus pro-life. And because politicians will always seek compromise, the law changes to make life inviolable from conception to age thirteen. There is a loophole: between the ages of thirteen and eighteen a parents can have their child “unwound" - every part of that child is transplanted into other people so technically life they are still alive.

This is a very creepy, chilling look into the future where the Bill of Life actually kept me awake at night. A world where if you are a troubled teen like Connor, or a not quite talented enough ward of state like Risa, or a tithe like Lev (a child raised in a religious family to be unwound), being sent to camp does not mean getting help. It means an order to be unwound. But Connor and Risa escape, liberating Lev along the way. And find themselves on the run, looking for help, hoping they can make it until they are eighteen. The question is: can they?

This is a dark, haunting, and horrifying look at how people can view life – and we see it through many, many different viewpoints. The characters are real, the situations disturbing, and you’ll have a hard time forgetting the ideas underneath this story. Read it with someone else because you’ll want – need – to talk about it. I’m still stuck on the idea that there was no other choice – that the teens themselves are never included in the decision-making, never given a chance to try again.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite reads of this year

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

This sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review on it.

-Briana

Jessica Secret said...

This was recommended to me by a friend, and it looks really good. I'm going to have to put it on hold sooner or later.

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Jessica

weasley@heart said...
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weasley@heart said...

A very good friend of mine absolutely loved this book, despite the horrifying concept. I hope to read it soon, but don't know if I can make time what with summer reading and school approaching.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I enjoyed this book although it was really disturbing. I bought but haven't read yet, The Unit. It sounds like an adult version of this book.

Rhiannon Hart said...

This book seriously disturbed me!

Author Tony Peters said...

This could be a great read.

Tony Peters
Kids on a Case: The Case of the Ten Grand Kidnapping
http://authortonypeters.blogspot.com/

Natalie said...

wow this sounds excellent. Seems like a book that will stick with you for a long time. I'm definitely reading this.