Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review: Unwind

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Published by Simon and Schuster
Genre: YA
$9.99 (US paperback)
335 pages

What it's about (from Goodreads):
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

My thoughts:
Someone on Goodreads in a review for this book, says that it is going to bitch slap you and horrify you, and you are going to love every moment of it. I could not agree with this more.

This book absolutely horrified me. Completely. I was disgusted with the adults in this series. How could any parent or guardian have such little regard for their childs life? To be clear on what unwinding is, it is when a child is taken apart bit by bit and everything is reused. Need a new arm? No problem, just take one of the unwound kid's arm. Have some brain damage and need a new brain? Just take a piece from the unwound kid.

Completely disgusting.

I made faces and said out loud "" about a billion times while reading this book.

There are very few books that shook my emotions down through my core. The only other one I can think of is Forbidden by Tabatha Suzuma. Unwind is a book I will think about often with absolute horror, but if you asked me if I liked it, I'll tell you I loved it.

My rating: 10/10


  1. I really liked this book. But this review reminded me that I need to push this book more in my library. Thanks!

  2. Argh! I have GOT to get to this one! I wanna be bitch slapped. ;)

  3. AWESOME BOOK!! But, dear god, how could people actually think this is acceptable? My students LOVED it!


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