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Ult 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 surviv You are not Classics Devotional Bible raised to be unwound Together they may have a chance to escape and to surviv You are not

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Unwind author Neal Shusterman

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 diffic I've been a

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Connor Risa and Lev are running for their livesThe Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights The chilling resolution Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen Between As seen on


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  1. says:

    I was walking back from my playgroup with my son on Monday I came out of an elevator to find a teenage boy waiting for me Fear and an urge to protect my son came over me as he looked a little rough around the edgesInstead of pulling a knife or picking a fight though the teenager turned on me with big embarrassed doe eyes to ask in a uivering voice Excuse me can I please have fifty cents to call my mum? I fished out fifty cents worth of coins and left as soon as I saw him head towards the telephone not waiting around to see if he got through to her True storyUnwind by Neal Shusterman is a novel about a world gone mad in which children between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can be legally signed over by their parents or guardians to be put through a harvest camp so that others can take their organs tissue and bloodAbortion is also illegal but people can leave infants on other people's doorstep as a method of storking and thus legally handing over their responsibilities of the childA common phrase used throughout this book is Someone else's problem This encompasses the spirit of the book and is said often by adults who have had children fall temporarily into their hemisphere and reuire dealing with There are very few adults in this book who do than the bare minimum of what they have to do to sit right in their conscience and there's a whole bevy of others who don't do that muchConnor one of the trio of main protagonists and an indisputable Christ metaphor is a problem child His parents are at a loss as to how to handle his behavioral problems and his poor grades so they consign him to being unwound Risa a ward of the state is a bed that the government can free up for a child that they can't legally unwind yet and so is also handed over to the harvesting camp Levi the last of the trio is a religious tithe by his parents born and raised to serve God by handing him over to be tithed as part of their duty to the community and GodThere are many other such stories in this book from a boy whose loving parents died leaving him an inheritance that his aunt feels would be better off putting her kids through college once he's been unwound and a boy whose divorcing parents couldn't agree on any custody solution and would rather literally divide himThis whole book is about the powerlessness of children in the hands of those who should be responsible for them It is at times nerve wracking heartbreaking devastating and a complete adrenaline rushWhat it is most of all though is sad Sad because the truth is that children are not the problem and they shouldn't be treated like a problem They are a symptom at worst and a blessing always They are a gift that reuires attention They are an innocent package and in the case of 99% of them if they are running around the street as twelve year olds being a menace to society then they have not let us down we have let them downI love this book because it is well written I love this book because it is compelling I love this book because sometimes it is a hard and challenging read on a personal level I love this book because it asks you to think I love this book for the many things it has revealed about me most of them not positive I love this book because it is well written with absorbing characters and a great plotMost of all I love this book because next time I come across a kid of the street asking for fifty cents to call his mum I'll let him borrow my phone and make sure she's coming to get him


  2. says:

    Holy frak waffles Batman This is awesome At first I was like but then I was like and THEN I was all like during that scene where they view spoilerUNWOUND HIS BRAINS WHILE HE WAS AWAKE hide spoiler


  3. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerI approached rereading Unwind with trepidation I generally enjoy revisiting books in series before each new release but two reasons held me back in this case1 My original reading of Unwind left me completely horrified and I wasn't sure I would want to relive this story again my husband is still too scared to revisit it; and2 Unwind was one of the very first books I read when I had just discovered YA back in 2009 and it was also one of my very first dystopias I didn't have much to compare it to then and let's be honest I liked uite a bit of crap YA at that time Plus there have been so many dystopias published since then surely it would be very unlikely for an older novel to be better than newer ones?I shouldn't have worried Unwind proves once again that most of the best YA dystopias were published way before the current dystopian crazeWhat stood out for me the most this time is how political this novel is Reading the latest YA releases would make you think that dystopias are all about running around and snogging while hiding from the big bad government that wants to kill you for no good reason But Unwind while containing all these tropes running hiding and a bit of romance has plenty else to think about in relation to the oppressive governmentI know some readers can't uite swallow the premise of this book find it unrelatable implausible etc etc Catie can tell you all about her problems with this novel yeah the idea that people in a country would ever resolve the pro life vs pro choice conflict by abolishing abortion but allowing parents of the unwanted troublemaking teens ages 13 to 18 to have an option to unwind them into parts that are later used for transplants is a pretty crazy one Parental love and all that BUT I am not oblivious enough not to know that there are parents who sell their children into prostitution in order to have money to feed the rest of their family who throw their newborn daughters into the dumpsters because dowries are strenuous on family finances and boys are just plain better that entire nations were and are involved in genocides and scientific experiments on people adults and children that are deemed not racially desirable Nazis anyone? And don't get me started on the pro life movement members of which are preoccupied with saving lives of the not yet born but have absolute disregard for the mothers' health or the well being of those children when they are born and need monetary support for medical care or education or alternatively this forced abortion story fresh off Jezebel's presses So yes the premise is far fetched as far fetched as stories about the inhumanity of clones The House of the Scorpion Never Let Me Go women used for nothing than breeding The Handmaid's Tale or children forced to play survival games The Hunger Games are but I believe in it because I've seen things just as vile in real life And back to the politics of Unwind I get carried away so easily Besides the most obvious from the synopsis issue of pro livepro choice conflict Shusterman skillfully incorporates into his story domestic terrorism religious brainwashing and the most disturbing part the politics of transplant therapy because an opportunity for adults to have an easily available supply of young organs or hair sweetens the whole unwinding deal so nicelyI like when an author makes his young audience think about these issues without openly pushing his personal agenda especially now when these particular issues are so heated and in your face Unwind is a dynamic scary story that is carried by charismatic teen characters who are at times defiant and so easy to hate yet they prove they deserve to live just as much if not than any proper adultGlad to say I feel like I can safely continue recommending this novel And I can't wait to read about this unsettling world UnWholly evidently has a character made entirely of spare body parts Goodness I don't think I am fully recovered from Shusterman's variation of Humpty Dumpty yet


  4. says:

    I've been asked why I keep reading young adult books when I hate some of them I hate some ways of preparing chicken too but I'll eat itThis book is a reason why I keep reading young adult It's the fried chicken of the book world There has been a war recently A war based on reproduction rightsOn one side people were murdering abortion doctors to protect the right to life while on the other side people were getting pregnant just to sell their fetal tissue And everyone was selecting their leaders not by their ability to lead but by where they stood on this single issue What that leads to is the Bill of Life The Bill of Life changes the way people live For one a woman that just gave birth can leave her newborn at your door As long as she is not caught that newborn becomes the homeowners They have no choice in the matter They have been storked Some families have been storked multiple timesThen there is the UnwindingUnwinding happens when you have a kidteen who hasn't reached the age of 18 yet They go to a harvest center and their body parts are taken and can be used as transplants in other people It keeps people living longer and rids the world of some unwanted kids These kids can be signed up for the unwinding for a multitude of reasons Connor's parents sign him up because he has a bad temper He gets in fights they just can't control him Risa gets signed up because she is a ward of the state it costs too much money to keep the kids alive that aren't really special enoughOne kid is signed up for stepping in when his stepfather is beating his mom His mom sided with the stepfather and needed him out of the picture after thatThere are also kids who are tithes They are born to be unwinded Like Lev's parents they ended up with ten kids They felt that they should give one tenth of their children for the good of manLev says Tithing's in the Bible; you're supposed to give 10 percent of everything And storking's in the Bible tooNo it isn'tMoses says Lev Moses was put in a basket in the Nile and was found by Pharaoh's daughter He was the first storked baby and look what happened to him Connor Risa and Lev all decide that they don't want to be Unwinded They escape and must hide until they turn eighteen That is when the will be exempt from the unwinding They are helped along the way by people who believe that just because something is a law it isn't necessarily rightOne thing you learn when you've lived as long as I have people aren't all good and people aren't all bad We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives Well done Neal Shusterman Well done You are my fried chicken


  5. says:

    An astonishing and at the same time disturbing read Took me some time to get into but from then on I was hooked The world Shusterman created feels so vivid and real it almost scared me Thought provoking and highly original I haven't read anything like this ever beforeAlso it contained one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever read not on a graphic level but due to the fact that what exactly is happening is left almost completely to the reader's imagination if you've read the book you will most likely know what I'm referring toSet in the near future the novel follows three teens about to be unwound – which is the thing to do with unwanted teens and basically means that they are to be scavenged for body parts to be transplanted to those in need of them though the signification of 'need' can be stretched here someone can also 'need' new eyes because his girlfriend doesn't like the old ones' colourConnor has always been trouble sometimes unable to control his temper When he finds out that his parents are about to have him unwound he runs away and crosses paths with Risa and Lev Risa is a state ward being sent away due to shortage of money and Lev is a tithe sacrificed by his religious parents for a greater goodConnor and Risa have only one goal to be able to make it until their eighteenth birthday when the law will protect them from being unwound after all Lev who has always believed in his special purpose is deeply conflicted Should he run with his two 'rescuers' or should he turn them in?I not only found the three main characters but also the friends and enemies they make on their journey drawn realistically and very relatable Everyone has his own way of dealing with their situation and nothing is painted in black or white Those characters have their faults – some than the others – but in the end there was no one who deserved to be treated like he was nothing but human spare parts for those who could afford itThe only thing that felt a bit off at times was the writing style Sometimes the present tense sounded awkward to me and the freuent switching between the different points of view made it hard for me to become fully attached to all the characters but I loved Connor Risa and LevI will definitely be looking out for of Shusterman's work Edit I originally rated this book four stars but I've decided to up my rating ; I would recommend Unwind to everyone looking for a good YA book I would label it a favourite and I don't think I'll ever forget it If a book makes me think about it even months after reading it it definitely deserves five stars


  6. says:

    I've been letting this book process in my mind for many days now and I still don't know where to start This is an older book one that has been held in highest regards by many for almost a decade now so whenever I read a book like this I feel awkward and useless writing a review What could I possibly say to do this book justice that hasn't been said yet? I'm not even sure there are words to describe just how undone this book made me feel It's rare that I find myself emotionally involved in a book these days; I mainly read mysterythrillers or YA sci fifantasy and neither of those genres tend to hold deep moving stories of this kind The only way I know to describe how this book made me feel is that it wormed it's way so deep inside my body that it touched my soul My brain felt so jumbled it didn't know whether I should cry vomit or give a standing ovation so it just kind of snorted If you read the tiny blurb above then you know that there isn't much given away of what this book really is other than touching on the fact that it's premise is truly horrifying While I'm not planning on giving away any major spoilers or plot points if you're wanting to go in completely blind I recommend stopping right here and grabbing the book If you are wanting to get a little of a feel of what this is before you dive in keep reading on The Bill of LifeThe Second Civil War also known as The Heartland War was a long and bloody conflict fought over a single issueTo end the war a set of constitutional amendments known as The Bill of Life was passedIt satisfied both the Pro life and the Pro choice armiesThe Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteenHowever 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 endThe process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called unwindingUnwinding is now a common and accepted practice in society Wow It's a little hard to swallow yes? When I initially saw this page I thought Geez a little dramatic I'm not sure how he's going to make this seem realistic but I'll follow along and keep an open mind He made it realistic people When I think of how utterly disturbing an unwinding would be I found myself riddled with all types of uestions What happens in an unwinding? Will we be privy to a procedure? Is this going to be highly graphic and full of blood and guts? How is this being marketed as a YA novel? This book is recommended for ages 12 up Here's what I found out after reading this book; yes we find out what happens specifically in an unwinding and are privy to one but just one and it is highly disturbing in the most subtle way What surprised me the most though was the lack of graphic violence aside from one major scene near the end The reason this book is so utterly brilliant is due to the fact that the author has left most of the highly disturbing factors vague; he knew for each reader what would move us the most would be different and has given us the opportunity to let our imagination carry us where he couldn't take us with too much structure and detail I was never going to amount to much anyway but now statistically speaking there's a better chance that some part of me will go on to greatness somewhere in the world I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless Samson Ward This book is structured so well; it has all the elements of a complex highly intelligent read while also being written in a way that is easy for anyone to connect with and understand The story is divided into seven parts each told from multiple views but mainly from three Connor is a trouble maker from Akron OH that becomes AWOL while running away from his impending unwinding Risa is a ward of the state and is set to be unwound due to the lack of space in the institutions housing orphans She is a musician but not deemed talented enough to be considered cost effective in keeping around Lev is a tithe; these are children conceived and raised specifically to be unwound once they reach the age of thirteen These three lines converge at a specific event and begin what I like to consider the first part of our journey I won't give away anything else but we ride lots of ups and downs with these folks The ending was satisfying in the sense that it clearly is left with the assumption of a series following but there isn't a giant cliff hanger where you feel pressured to pick up the next book immediately In fact I've seen most people choose to read this as a standalone and not continue on Either way this is a book that is worth your time; it's far from your typical sometimes flimsy YA novel There was actually a good bit of real life research that went into this story; Shusterman found various news articles surrounding stem cell research that helped form a base for his fictional story to be crafted around I know this because I took the time to look up each link he provided and by George they are real And horrifying You can't change laws without first changing human nature Nurse Greta You can't change human nature without first changing the law Nurse YvonneWords can't convey how important this novel is Yes it's highly disturbing horrifying and a place our mind doesn't even want to venture to but this book touched on so many issues in our current state of affairs world wide and is surprisingly still relevant after nearly ten years Stem Cell Research Cellular Memory Reproductive Rights the afterlife faith and morals; it's all discussed in this book I found myself constantly pondering all of the above and how it relates to humanity As a parent this was a hard book to stomach It brought an all too real sense of terror over me that I couldn't shake and still haven't The Roland scene was one where I had to put the book down wipe the tears from my eyes and process before I could continue on to finish The reason this book can even have the potential of being beloved by so many is this amidst all the horror and unspeakable evil the plot is founded on there is a constant glimmer of hope in the horizon It's a beautiful thing folks Change Community Forgiveness It's all there and that's why I'm going to recommend this book to literally everyone I come in contact with I could ramble on for weeks about this book but I think it would be better if you just read it for yourself I'm also planning on continuing the series so I'll try to provide insight into whether or not it's worth investing in the long haul or just soaking up this treasure by itselfI'd like to thank The Literary Box for providing my copy; it was an absolute pleasure to return an honest reviewIn case you missed it you can find my full review and unboxing of the subscription this book was included in here


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    You are not going to believe me but I came to this book with open arms It survived weeks of cuts and call backs to become one of the final six books that were carefully wrapped in pajamas before being placed in the suitcase and flown to Switzerland I only take books I am confident I’ll love on vacation Well given the length of this trip space constraints and my mercurial ways they also had to be relatively thin paperback and fast paced but you get my point Alas from the very first chapter I was wrinkling my nose Meet Connor He has gotten into some fist fights at school and has bouts of anger but is fundamentally a good kid He hasn’t robbed a convenience store or killed anyone I like him well enough But his parents are fed up and sign the papers to have him “unwound” – essentially the government whisks away your child kills them and distributes their organs to others Unwinding is an interesting if poorly explored idea But the selection of candidates is where I start to rebel I don’t have kids but aren’t you supposed to love those little buggers? Your children may frustrate and exhaust you but deep down there is this primal urge to see them survive and thrive And even if this instinct is missing by the time they become a teenager haven’t you invested too much time and money to throw it all away?Even childless me can think of dozens of examples of family and friends loving their offspring despite rough patches Heck my sister drove my mother bananas during her teenage years Jill was full of sass and fond of saying “I put a period to this conversation” At one point my dear patient mother stopped the car told her to get out and drove off We were only a mile from home and it was a scenic walk through pastures yet it sure left an impression on twelve year old Cassy sitting in the back seat But don’t you believe for one second that my momma would have Jill unwound Never going to happen You could argue that Connor’s parents were just horrible atypical people However Shusterman portrays them as a middle class respectable household making a socially acceptable decision In fact they have another son that they adore The sad thing is this stumbling block was easily removable Imagine that due to a government regulation aimed at population control you can only have one child pass the age of twenty one With such a brief explanation Shusterman would have appeased me Connor’s parents picked his brother over him Done What’s even sadder is that the backstories for the other condemned characters were uite compelling I accept that during a nasty divorce the two embittered sides would rather dispose of their child than let the other gain custody I completely buy that a state ward would be unwound due to limited space and budget cuts But Connor’s story was featured first and prominently and sparked a skepticism that carried me through the novel My other uibble is the lack of effort Shusterman showed in establishing his world I know the setting is the United States sometime in the future several decades? after a war over reproductive rights But other than introducing the practices of unwinding and storking don’t ask nothing much has changed The people still use cell phones drive cars and eat chicken At one point Shusterman makes a lame attempt to suggest advancement by displaying iPods at an antiue store Oh look at those cute pink iPod Nanos I think my grandmother used one of those Perhaps my critiue of his imagination is unfair The cover and premise led me to believe this would be science fiction I would now assign it to the dystopian category Still it isn’t uality dystopian I need to know about the war about other technologiespolices that resulted about the new government Even if all the above is outside the scope of what Shusterman wanted to accomplish I still feel entitled to about who gets the organs from the unwound Who coordinates the transplants? How are recipients prioritized? Do they pay for organs? How much? Are there cosmetic transplants or are they allowed for only medical necessitates? The one nod I will give Shusterman in this regard he alludes to how prevalence of unwinding has halted all other medical advances Why bother trying to understand heart disease when new hearts are so readily available?And the ending It wasn’t so bad We are privy to an actual unwinding surgery and it is chilling to watch a character being dissembled Ultimately though the ending is sprinkled with underdeveloped tidbits view spoilerThe authorities give Risa the choice to fix her spine then recover and be unwound or remain crippled and become ineligible for unwinding What? They didn’t give her choice if she wanted to be unwound in the first place Also the surgeons can remove and transplant an arm without complications but don’t bother to remove the tattoos? It is possible to remove tattoos nowadays Have they forgotten how? I just don’t see most organ recipients being satisfied with tattooed replacements hide spoiler


  8. says:

    Of late we've seen the YA dystopia trend grow to dizzying heights Many like to bleat that every post apocalyptic adventure published within the last year is trying to grab the success of The Hunger Games just as we've all assumed that authors of YA paranormal romance are trying to jump on the Meyer bandwagon We're being conditioned to accuse every dystopian author of being a scammer and every book before we've even read it and discovered that no it doesn't have anything to do with Collin's already derivative plot of being a loserific rip offThose who believe this stop Because I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this book is better than The Hunger GamesFirst of all; the world building is spectacular It's all related to an issue we face right now pro life vs pro choice Being a Wendy Davis fangirl this book disturbed and touched me on a very deep personal level It literally changed my life Let me elaborateSo America The so called Heartland War was fought by pro choice and pro life armies as each sought to obliterate the other What's left is a compromise dictating that human life cannot be touched before adolescence but between the ages of thirteen and eighteen a child can be unwound; a process by which the child is split apart and all organs 9944% of the body must be used are saved as transplants for donors Problem children are signed as Unwinds by parents at their wit's end while tithes are born and raised to be unwoundThe premise didn't convince me at first I couldn't buy it I couldn't buy that people would sign off their children to be cut into pieces and scattered around like car parts But that's the beauty of this book; while The Hunger Games never succeeded in convincing me this book did The farther I read the invested I became It's electric in every sense the characters the world the premise the writing The way tithes were brainwashed became frustrating just as the terribles became nauseatingly tragic Yes I'm talking about Roland a troubled boy sentenced to unwinding by his mother even after he saved her from her violent husband Written off and judged as dangerous Roland was unwound at Happy Jack harvest camp yes Happy Jack It gets sicker The best part? We have front row seats to Roland's unwinding The narrative continues and we find ourselves watching helpless as a team of doctors and nurses cut him into pieces His fear leaps off the pageOur first and main narrator is Connor a troubled boy not unlike most of the kids I've known at high school He's not particularly vicious spiteful or difficult He's just a teenage boy on a rough patch But his parents are lazy and selfish so they sign him up to be unwound Connor won't stand for it though; he finds the order and makes tracks in the middle of the nightRisa is a ward of the state Due to budget cuts I kid you not she is signed up to be unwound At her tribunal in which she's informed she'll be sent to a harvest camp she's told that she isn't smart or talented enough to be kept aliveLev is a tithe a child born and raised to be signed off as an Unwind as soon as he turns thirteen His oldest brother is vehemently against the process but his deeply religious parents have convinced Lev that being tithed is a great honor that he must follow through to the endThe collision of these three characters is the start of this never ending thrill ride that comes to a screaming stop only on the very last page The last page is eually as rewarding so never fearMy point before while I was still reading this is thus in recent YA and in general men write better heroines than women Why is this? Does this depress anyone else? Can we please start having some faith in our own gender women and stop letting male writers covet positive and proactive females? Also interestingly the romance in Unwind though light was convincing than anything I've read in YA lately It brought me to tears twice and only made me love both characters Why? I can't say Perhaps it's because it never felt like a Romatic Plot Tumor and it never felt forced There was no tightness in my chest or shimmering azure pools It was two people two desperate teenagers knowing and accepting and appreciating each other Though who else thought Connor and Risa should have had the smex? Come on people If you're going to be slaughtered in a matter of days and your loved one is right there all hot and yummy wouldn't you want to have the smex? YessirAnyway The heroine? I loved her just as much as I loved Connor You know what? Sometimes I loved her Risa is just alive so filled with personality and integrity and intelligence She's strong capable and entirely independent Her final fate along with Connor's was a little bittersweet but on the whole it fully satisfied me Like MAN did it satisfy me You know when you're really hungry and then you scarf down a massive Montana's steak with 'shrooms and tomatoes and steak sauce and big fries with salt and vinegar? That's how satisfied I was I hope y'all are hungry nowGuise my ONLY problem with this book lies in the writing To begin with I didn't like it It took a while for me to get into the style of it and the editing was suiffy as hellJust because he's to be unwound does NOT means he's an Unwind page 31Smorgas bash page 128This is a pawnshop isn't it? Missing comma page 158but Hayden isn't done done yet page 172As I said this book is beautifully written but I only came to appreciate this when I was about a uarter way in I also don't like all caps sentences in published works save it for Tumblr bbys but once I got used to it it really just stopped bothering me And sure the little blips above irritate me but there are dozens of gloriously beautiful passages within Unwind that moved me and allowed me to easily forgive Shusterman for the slip ups Third person present tense is difficult to pull off but Shusterman did And hella kudos for that broski Unwind isn't for the faint hearted It pushes a lot of very close to home uestions that might make you suirm What is the value of life? Does our society unfairly judge youth? Do we give up on troubled children too uickly? How can one profess to be pro life but then advocate killing grown humans this is an EXTREMELY relevant uestion? Is revenge ever justified? Can you justify cruel means to a kind end? How far would you go to preserve your own life? What sacrifices would you make?These uestions are never explicitly answered by Unwind and this is what makes this book such a legend It never preaches only teaches It informs but does not push opinions It poses uestions that are open to be answered by the reader not the author It is a very challenging read but an incredibly rewarding oneOn the whole? This book is absolutely excellent It's probably one of my favourite books of all time I adore it I adore the brilliant characters the electric premise the gorgeous writing and the wildly original premise It's so full of heart I admit it I cried twice I was shocked disturbed enlightened amazed It grabbed hold of me and drew me in from the first page It's highly original and basically a triumph in every sense of the wordRead it Now


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    This is the most disturbing book I’ve ever read I'm torn here struggling whether to recommend this book or shout to you never to pick up this book because you will not sleep again I mean it This is a horror thriller dystopian and I cannot say loud enough that this is not a book for everyone I don’t often stereotype books by saying “if you like this and that then you will love this book” I believe you need to read a book before you can say you hate it But honestly I think you need to be aware that this is a horror before you go into it It’s about ethical issues speculative future war abortion death consciousness human thinking and the never ending issue of life When does life start? When does it end? And who should be allowed to end it?The book is full of real uestions – uestions people ask today and struggle to come up with answers There’s a lot of speculation about abortion and life choices At first I struggled to figure out if the author was for or against abortion Now I realize I struggled to figure it out because the author was careful to write with detail and precision both sides to the story There are always 2 sides in a story A writer’s job is to listen to both and then write a good book about it Instead of aborting unborn children this futuristic government has made laws to protect their lives Instead a child – between the ages of 13 and 18 – can be unwound Unwinding is like organ donating They take your organs and give them to people who need them – cancer patients car accident victims sick mangled or disease ridden people The uestion in the book is what value is whose life? Yes I worded that right Can your life have different value depending on who you are who loves you what you’ve done if anyone actually wants you the way you are? We can laugh and shrug off those kind of uestions but in this day and age I think it’s a real thing And if you think this book is based entirely on speculation you’re wrong Unwinding does happen Illegally But it has been known to happen This book is just about a world where it’s legal Another theme that runs through the story is the phrase “Someone else’s problem” Stop and think about that for a second eh? After you read this book you will never I repeat never say that phrase again No matter what you do hoisting a “problem” off to someone else will never solve anything I have to add in here too that the writing of this book is brilliant It’s written in present tense third person which is something new for me Considering I want to write a little like that I was excited to try it out While it’s awkward at first after you grow used to it you forget it’s different to past tense The flow of sentences the dialogue the humour the plot the character development it’s perfect I don’t say that lightly The author hooked me in with his brilliant real characters Next his style of writing Then his plot Then the themes of his book Between all that there was no way I could avoid some serious thinkingThat’s what I love about this book It makes you think About unwanted children and futuristic governments and the horror of mind manipulation One thing that really struck with me was the unwanted children part So many children are unwanted In our day and age babies are aborted Why? Because they’re unwanted So what happens when a child grows up unwanted and turns into societies’ “problem”? Whose fault is that? How do we treat them? This book throws uestions in your face and demands you think about them I think that’s the mark of a true talented author Don’t feed a reader the story Lay it out before them blunt and cold and cruel and say “Now think about it” A book that makes you think is one of the best books of all I loved the characters Connor and Risa best of all; Lev kind of annoyed me until the end They were real and tangible and they developed with such ease that I was left feeling gobsmacked The author has an implicit way with crafting characters And the plot was breathtaking – full of twists and turns You’re always getting surprises Description? It wasn't so much the description but what wasn't described that left you reeling And the endingsaying it was brutal and torturous and so effortlessly written would be an understatement As you read you may think it’s not that “horrific” The ending will change your mind You will be moved You will be challenged You will cry if not outside insideThis is a disturbing book It will play in your mind for days But you know what? I think books like these are important – extremely important If people are just fed interesting but light books where they don’t have to work or think or uestion moral values – how will people be aware of the issues in the world today? It’s so intensely important to think for yourself


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    My thoughts in a nutshell It could've been better This was a hate love relationship with the book Sadly I hated it than I enjoyed it Overall I'm disappointedThe story is aboutSkip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek A new society where the parents can unwind our hated children that means if the child reaches the age of thirteen and eighteen the cops take them away to the harvest camp In the harvest camp the children will unwind piece after piece Their body parts are transplanted into different donors What impressed me the most 😊 I like the concept It was uniue Neal Shusterman's ideas always pleasure for me The Scythe is one of my all time favorite series It's really hard not to compare Unwind to Scythe I enjoyed the first half of the book The pacing was great I was excited about what will happen to the main characters I generally enjoy it when the protagonist is running away from someone It gave me shiver and continuously worried about the plotIn the end something terrible happened and I was shocked When I was reading I had to stop and wait for a couple of minutes because that chapter was disturbing Usually I can handle the gory things of the book but this was brutalview spoiler I spoke of Roland's death He lies in the operating table and the doctors take him apart while he was conscious and he knew what was happening with him When they took out his brain piece by piece he couldn't speak then he couldn't think after he died hide spoiler


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