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Friday, April 11, 2014

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Reviewed By: A.T.
I don't even know where to begin with this book! First, the book takes place in the future where a war was fought over the right to life vs. the right to abortion. Eventually the two sides came to an agreement: Every parent has the right to retroactively abort their child before they turn 18. They call this process unwinding. If you are unlucky enough to be unwound, your parts go to lucky recipients who are able to take your parts and live a better life. But don't worry, it's not murder, its just unwinding! You're still alive, just in a different way...Ick! In the book you meet Connor, a rebellious teenager who is being unwound by his parents, Risa, an orphan who wasn't good enough so the State has opted to unwind her, and Lev, a tithe, or someone who has been prepared his whole life to be unwound because he is giving back to the world. This is the story of how their lives tangle up and how they try everything they can to stay alive (or not in Lev's case) and fight the system.
Why I Picked it Up: I have heard people talk about how creepy this book was, and since the author is going to visit the area soon, I figured now would be a good time to pick this up. Also, since the book came out a long time ago, the author has since written more books to go in this series.
Why I Finished It: Woah! You can't not finish it! I had to know how things turned out for Connor, Risa, and Lev.
I’d Give this Book To: This is probably a book for older readers. The whole concept of being unwound is a little messed up and dark.

**Librarian Side Note** This is another great audio book! I can't wait to check out the other books in this series.

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