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Unwind- A Book Review

Updated on July 8, 2016
Cover of the book I read
Cover of the book I read | Source

My Thoughts

In Unwind, Shusterman takes us into a world in the future of America. He introduces us to the three main characters immediately and gives us the backstories for each of them. I had such sympathy for each of them knowing they were unwinds. Connor's parents sign him to be unwind because he had gotten in trouble at school. Is that a reason to not want your child anymore? Risa doesn't have family and the state home she had been living in signs the papers to have her unwind because they don't have any room for her. Lev is a tithe, known since birth that at 13 he would be an unwind. Three different children with three different stories, but all fighting for the same thing: to remain alive.

Unwind was a fast read that kept me on the edge of my seat. Always wanting to see if the three characters would make it in the end. Parts had me fearing that this could possibly be a sign of what the future may hold for the world with all that's going on. It is scary to think that it is possible.

I rated this book 4 stars because I was left unsatisfied at the ending. I felt that we got to know these characters from beginning to end, and then just left like that...not really getting closure that one wants in a book like this.

Second Civil War- What was it for?

Shusterman invents the Second Civil War in America. This story takes place in Ohio years after the war has ended. The war: Over reproductive rights. A war that is pro-life vs. pro-choice, not much different today. Except this war came to a conclusion...from ages 13-17 the parents can have their kids unwind. Once a child is signed to be an unwind, nothing can be stopped.

Much like today, Shusterman points out the opposing sides of this war. Why is it the parents that get to decide about their kids being unwind? The kids are more than capable enough to what is going on and should have a right to what happens to their lives. But not in this book. Shusterman makes it clear, until the age 18, the parents have complete control over their bodies. I don't find that to be fair at all. It's as if the fighting for the war wasn't for anything because children are still being killed against their own will.

What is unwinding?

Unwinding is when the children are sent to a Harvest Camp, where they will remain until it's to have all their organs taken out and put into donors who are in need. That way the person technically doesn't die because their organs are alive inside a different person.

Really? How is that considered not dying to have your organs taken out of you and put into someone else? It isn't until towards the end of the book that we witness one character getting unwound. To make matters worse, they keep you conscious while they unwind you. This part was a little too hard for me to read, especially when Shusterman went into description about the boy's body being taken a part. For me, it was just as good as being dead.

Different version of cover.  I think this one gives you more of a feeling of what is done in an unwinding
Different version of cover. I think this one gives you more of a feeling of what is done in an unwinding | Source

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