Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2007
Genre: YA – Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Page Count: 335
My Rating: 3.5/5 or 7/10
Where To Buy: Book Depository
Unwind takes place in the dystopian United States, following The Second Civil War, also know as the Heartland war. This war was fought over abortion rights, and ultimately, abortion became illegal and a new option was put into place. When children are born, there are safe until age 13. Anywhere from ages 13 to 18, parents can sign something called an unwind order to have their children unwound. When a child is unwound, all of their organs are transplanted into other bodies and the child is able to retain consciousness within these specific body parts, therefore they are not considered to be dead and this process is still “humane.” We follow three different characters, all Unwinds, and we learn about how they essentially escape the process of unwinding.
I enjoyed this book! I think I was putting off reading it for so long because I didn’t get the right idea of the summary. For some reason, I thought this was steampunk thing that took place ages ago but I was very wrong. Initially, this book was very pro-life and it was very off putting but the further you read, the more both sides get brought into the storyline and it’s more tolerable to hear form pro-life viewpoints.
The storyline starts off pretty eventful and it keeps moving upwards. You have constant questions and you get answers at a decent pace. Not too early that the rest of the story falls flat, but not too late that the book drags until you finally get those answers. There’s not too much world-building, but I don’t think that’s a fault because there’s not a lot to build, if that makes sense.
I don’t feel too strongly either way for the characters. The few that I did, ended up being redeemed in the end. I didn’t love anyone too much. There was definitely solid character development. I think this is mainly because I knew how old these characters were and that was the only thing in my mind. Like “Okay, but they’re 13.” I’ve read series with younger protagonists and I never had an issue, so I’m not sure why I felt this way.
This book was originally intended to be a stand-alone, so you do have the option to just read this book or the option to read the entire series. I do think it wrapped up nicely, viewing it both as a stand-alone and as a series starter. You end the book with the answers you wanted and needed and you’re not left wondering what else there is.
Overall, it was enjoyable, but it wasn’t a huge love of mine. I did like it. I’m probably going to continue on with the series to learn more about the world. If you like the premise, I would recommend picking it up because you’re not going to be tied to an entire series if you don’t enjoy it.
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