Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
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I ended up giving this book four stars, I did enjoy it but definitely not as much as some of Neal Shusterman’s other novels. I love how imaginative Neal Shusterman’s societies are, it was so interesting to learn about the unwinding and storking that came around because or a war between pro life and pro choice activists and how this was seen to be a compromise. It is definitely creepy the way in which parents can just decide that they no longer want their child and so give their body parts to others. I also think that in some ways this book does reflect the lack of respect that some people have towards human life especially as it is seen as giving their parts to someone more important.
I really enjoyed reading from all of our main characters perspectives as they were all quite different and showed different aspects to this new society. Risa was definitely my favourite character she was so smart and strategic and could through people and find out what their intentions were.
The plot of this book really shows you so much of the world which I really enjoyed as we got to what was going on for a wide range of people. It also had a lot of aspects that I didn’t see coming and went to some pretty dark places but I enjoyed ever part of it.
The part where Roland gets unwound is really creepy just because of the fact that he is still aware, which we also saw with Cy-Fy but seeing it through Roland’s eyes just intensified how horrifying it is.
I enjoyed watching all of the main character’s relationships grow. With Connor and Risa I liked seeing how they grew from just using each other in order to survive and then come to fully trust and have feelings for one another. With Lev I enjoyed seeing how Connor and Risa really looked after him even through he didn’t want it, and how even though he betrayed them they still felt responsible for him since he had basically been brainwashed my the church.
I think that Lev’s story was more interesting that the others as he develops so much throughout the book. Once he has been kidnapped by Connor he really starts to think about everything that he has been told his whole life and what he really wants for himself. His time spent with Cy-Fy was really enlightening as to what happens after someone is unwound as we find out that they still have some awareness and in some cases can take over the body which I hope comes into play later on in the book because it was really interesting. Lev’s story is also one of complete extremes and shows a lot of the darker sides to this world, we start out by seeing how in some religions children are only born to be sacrifices and to be unwound in the name of god and then by the end of the book Lev is caught up with the clappers who just want to cause as much destruction to the world as they can. But through all of this Lev always remembers what is important and chooses to save the lives of Connor and Risa instead of just ending his own life.
With where this novel ended I can see it starting up a new war between the unwinds and the government but other than that I really don’t know where it will go but I am pretty excited to find out.
I will be continuing on with this series at some point but not at the moment unfortunately. I cant seem to get my hands on a copy of the next book so it will have to wait while I read the books already on my shelves 😀
Thank you for reading!