Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Unwind" by Neal Shusterman

"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 raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and survive."-goodreads


A while ago, I read "Full Tilt" by Neal Shusterman. Less long ago, I read his Skinjacker's Trilogy ("Everlost", "Everwild", and "Everfound"). In all of those books, Mr. Shusterman created a chilling and suspenseful tale that tended to highlight choices, the lack thereof, and terrifying worlds that you could never imagine being reality. Unwind is those things as more.


Horrifying. That is a predominant word I would use to describe Unwind. The (what one would consider dystopian) world that Unwind is that way. There are situations that the characters get into that are just gut-wrenching. It's bad. There's also a scene involving a character that you thought you hated, and up until that moment, you did-- but it's just the most emotional thing and it's scary, and the confused way it's written just amplifies that. Also, the story is written mostly from Connor, Lev, Risa, and Ci-Fy (love that name, by the way) point of view; but there are lots of others mixed in sometimes for a few parts and sometimes for only one. Each of them seem to see each other, their situation, and the whole world very differently and that was impressive and very useful to widen your opinion of each other characters. 


Apparently, there's a sequel to Unwind coming out called Unwholly (about 5 years later! It's scheduled for September 2012) and I look forward to more of this chilling story. Also, thank you KT for forcing me suggesting that I read this book; it WAS very good, you were right (and so were all the schools/associations that gave the book all the awards and such). :P

4 comments:

carole said...

I loved Unwind. I think you nailed it with the words horrifying and gut-wrenching. I have tried to read Everlost, but I can't get into it. Can't wait for Unwholly!

Carole @ thelifeoffiction.blogspot.com

LoriStrongin said...

Oh, I'm definitely going to have to read Unwind. Very interesting concept and I love dystopian, dark views of the future. Thanks for the rec!


Smiles!
Lori

Katelyn said...

I do believe it has been far too long since I last visited your blog! Super awesome review darling! My former teacher talked about this book all of the time. It does sound freaky, terrible, sad, but also totally awesome!
-Katelyn

Cat said...

@Carole: Everlost was a bit hard to get into at first, a bit slow. Maybe another time?

@Lori: No problem. Hope you enjoy it.

@Katelyn: Thanks! It was insanely dark but surely epic. You should definitely try it out sometime!