In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life 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, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called “unwinding.” Unwinding ensures that the child’s life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child’s body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.With breath-taking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents’ tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends.
This is the first book I’ve read by Neal Shusterman but it won’t be the last.
I loved this story.
Imagine if your parents could UNWIND you between the ages of 13 and 18 and really didn’t need a reason. Now, supposedly, being unwound didn’t mean you were dead, just “being alive” in pieces, in that your eyes could go to one person and your left arm to another and your right leg to a third and on and on. That is the premise of this book. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s emotional, fast paced,thrilling and wonderful and I can’t wait for the next installment, UNWHOLLY (which won’t be released until August)so if anyone has an ARC that they want to send me, I’d loved to have it.
Never read Neal Shusterman-read UNWIND now!!!!!!