Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Posted August 21, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Unwind by Neal ShustermanUnwind by Neal Shusterman
Published by Simon & Schuster on November 6, 2007
Genres: Dystopian, YA
Pages: 335
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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.

The world building in Unwind felt like it stuck true to a typical Dystopian. Don’t take that the wrong way but honestly there were few main settings and you fully understood the purpose, but I would have like to see more of the world. There are a lot of undertones to politics and religion. It covers some very heated topics that are issues we deal with now in this day and time. The author though does all of this in a tasteful way and doesn’t pull for either side and lets you see both sides equally. Even though Unwind is a Young Adult book, it has no problem making you truly think without saying what is right or wrong.

The actual process of being unwound makes me speechless. They don’t even go into great detail but your imagination fills in the blank (and I’m sure it’s more vivid in our minds when things are left unsaid.) There is so much I want to talk about when it comes to the process but I feel like that will be spoilers and I those that haven’t read Unwind to really experience the story and that scene.

I am not sure how to feel about Lev. I want to like him for the good things he did in Unwind but I feel like the bad things out weigh it more. The bad things he did, they were just so terrible. I know the way he was raised he almost can’t help it but obviously he wasn’t completely brain washed. I do however feel terrible for kids that grow up in that same tradition. Their life almost amounts to nothing, though I know what their life REALLY amounts to.

I don’t think I want Connor and Risa as a couple. They have a great connection but I feel like it should really result in only a good friendship. Connor could act completely foolish at times with his actions. I understand he had the feeling of wanting to go down fighting, but some stuff could have been resolved a lot better than how it was. Risa out of everyone I liked the most. To know that her whole life she worked hard knowing the fate of those that are adopted. She seemed to never give up, yet she always stayed clear headed.

One thing I noticed in Unwind is the character all had major paranoia and there was a lot of he said/she said. I think anybody just wanted to believe it was all going to be okay. It did strike a nerve in me though that some characters would just jump to conclusion and start chaos for no reason. I think in the situation they were in the characters should have relied on each other instead of turning against each other.

The ending of Unwind definitely gives you all the feels and it doesn’t even involve all of the main characters. I was choked up during the “gathering” scene and if have read the book you know what I mean. One thing I didn’t understand though was what the time frame was after the story ended. I am excited to read the next book and see how things turn out, though Unwind could have been almost a stand alone, I am glad it’s not.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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