Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review: Unwind

Science Fiction
Author: Neal Shusterman
Back Cover Summary: *Actually summary from Amazon*
In his chilling new novel, Neal Shusterman paints a picture of a world where there aren't any cures and doctors, just surgeons and replacements.
Three unwanted teenagers face a fate worse that death -- unwinding. Their bodies will be cut up, and every part of them used, from their brains to their toes. But if they can stay out of the authorities' clutches until the age of eighteen, they just might survive....
The most frightening science fiction novels are always the ones that are most similar to our world. Shusterman doesn't fail to describe how a wrong solution to a modern issue can affect generations to come. Thought-provoking, terrifying, and almost inconceivable, UNWIND will keep you reading late into the night.

This book was actually recommended to me by a friend. I've never really read a book quite like this and was intrigued by the idea of a dystopian future where abortion is outlawed and every baby is found a home. Whether it's with the family they were dropped off with or as a ward of the State...there is a place for every single child.

Until they are 13, that is. Between the ages of 13 and 18, every child runs the risk of becoming 'unwound.' Aborted in a way. They are not killed--instead they are harvested for anything...Hair, feet, organs, limbs...And donated to people who need them. Or can afford them.

Shusterman does an effective job predicting what our world will be like if this controversial moral issue got even more out of hand, by giving it human faces of the three young characters in his book. His style is very straightforward and I found myself riveted all the way through. Even if it's not 'your thing,' I recommend that everyone read this book.

Would I read this again?: I already have :)
My rating:  * * * * * (5 Stars)


  1. This kind of reminds me of a YA version of a movie called The Island. I won't describe it here, because I think you'd like it and I don'r want to spoil it. It's a great movie, so you should check it out. You've made me want to read this book even though I don't read YA as a rule. Good job, girl. Can't wait for your ext review!


  2. Actually, I have seen that movie Raven, and you're right it's a good movie :)
    I did think of that while reading this book. The plots are somewhat similar and the horror of the same. And you should definitely read this book. It's one of the few I've bought soley on reccomendation and truly enjoyed.
    Worth every penny :)



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