Book Review: Unwind


By Tierra Welch

What if your parents could unwind you?

Pro Life or Pro Choice? The Second Civil War  was a bloody conflict over a single issue. To end the war, a set of constitutional amendments known as “The Bill of Life” was passed. The Bill states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively “abort” a child… on the condition that the child’s life doesn’t “technically” end. The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called “unwinding.” Unwinding is where your loved ones send you to a harvest camp to harvest your body parts and use them to save others lives.

Connor, just a normal high school boy, always getting into fights and always finds a way to irritate his parents. He always joked about being unwinded never imagining that one day that his parents could sign the papers. Furious he runs away not looking back. On the run he encounters Lev, a scared kid in his eyes, something comes over him and he saves him.

Lev is a tithe, a child born for the sole purpose of being unwinded. On his way to the Harvest Camp, where they will take him apart and give his parts to people in need of them; something happened. He was saved by a strange boy, and now he’s on the run with these kids with one thing on their minds, survive until eighteen.

Risa was a state child. She has no family. The state would decide if she really is useful. If they should unwind her or not. She has always been passionate about the piano, but now that is the only thing standing between her living the rest of her life or be unwind and live as a part on strangers. As the state tries to  unwind her, she runs. That’s her life now. On the run with Connor and Lev.

Lev, Connor, and Risa, three stories; three very different lives. All of them have one thing in common, their parents signed the unwinding papers. Now they’re on the run hiding from the ones who want to take them. But will they just take them or kill them? As they make it to a safe house to live out their lives to eighteen, something’s not right. Their lives gets even more complicated as feelings are developed and deaths are discovered.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is about a difficult subject with a unique twist. I believe it is a very good book. It was easy to get into, and it never lacked detail. I liked it a lot. I would recommend to anyone that loves books that have you sitting on the edge of your seat with suspense. I would give this book four and a half stars out of five.

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