Friday, August 20, 2010

Dystopian Novel Countdown: Day 5

Day 5 of the Dystopian Novel Countdown


Unwind,  by Neal Shusterman

Description (via GoodReads):
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.
In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.


This book was amazing. I totally loved it.  It sucked you straight into Conner, Risa, and Lev's lives as they run away to avoid their upcoming unwindings. The story is set in a world where the battle between pro-life and pro-choice was a civil war and a "Bill of Life" was added to the Constitution.  A world where children between the ages of 13 to 18 can be unwound, or body-harvested to help others medically. The writing is very intense and keeps you on the edge of your seat almost the entire time.  An intense book, with a fast-paced plot line and harrowing scenes, Unwind is an excellent novel for day 5 of our Dystopian countdown...

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