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Unwind (Unwind Dystology Series #1)

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45 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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Imagine life in the future. The Second Civil War, also known as ¿The Heartland War¿ has been fought and eventually resolved by certain constitutional amendments known as ¿The Bill of Life.¿ So while human life may not be touched from conception until the age of thirteen...
Imagine life in the future. The Second Civil War, also known as ¿The Heartland War¿ has been fought and eventually resolved by certain constitutional amendments known as ¿The Bill of Life.¿ So while human life may not be touched from conception until the age of thirteen, a child may be retroactively aborted between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. This process, known as ¿unwinding¿ doesn¿t technically end life, but separates all the body parts to be used for medical transplants. In this futuristic society, unwinding alters the meaning of life. Unwinding is the fate set for three teens that meet by chance. Connor has always been a troublemaker, and his parents have finally had enough. Risa is a ward of the state, and budget cuts have forced Risa into this situation. Lev is the only one of the three who doesn¿t see unwinding as a terrible thing rather, as a tithe, he accepts that being unwound is his purpose in life. In a deadly car crash, these teens escape the fate that awaits them at harvest camps and flee for their lives (although Lev is more of a kidnappee). In this incredible and thought-provoking novel, Neal Shusterman questions what it means to be human and the value of life. Unwind may see like just a unique action novel, but it is so much more. The desperation, danger, and running-for-your-life sequences may thrill the action lover, but the story is more profound than that. It was actually quite difficult for me to read this novel because of the horrible atrocity called unwinding. Half the time, I couldn¿t even believe how inhuman some of the characters were to commit these morally wrong acts. What relieved me, though, was that for every bad thing, there was something good the random acts of kindness strangers performed for the fugitives sometimes brought tears to my eyes. This novel revolves around the controversial topic of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, because it focuses on the sacredness of life. However, Shusterman does not take the topic from a religious or scientific perspective, but bases this book around moral everyone should have: everyone deserves the right to live and not just in the scientific sense that all your body parts are functioning, but living as a whole. All this was channeled into the lives of runaways who were slated to be unwound in this unforgettable story. I can¿t really explain how amazing this novel was you¿ll just have to read it for yourself to understand. Just know that although most of the novel was pretty depressing, the story ends on a hopeful note. Fans of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer will also enjoy this novel.

posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

Confused

I dont want to buy it and then not like it. Should i buy it?

posted by 10552750 on July 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Just ok

    I hated the end. Halfway thru i thought of quiting but figured i was already half done. What a waste. I should have stopped. It wasnt any great ending.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Good idea, poorly executed.

    I had a hard time deciding if this book was genius or horrible. In the end, I decided it was horrible and didn't finish. The author is very obviously pro-life and the whole plot of the book seams based on that. The plot elements seam like they could possibly create a great book, but they are poorly executed. (Twilight anyone?)

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Very juvenile

    I was really disappointed in this book. After reading the great reviews I expected a great book and it was anything but. I understand that teen fiction is usually quite an easy read but this is for a fifth grader at the most.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Not very well thought out

    I read Unwind as a mandatory book for school. The majority of my class liked it. I did not.
    First of all, the concept of "unwinding" was supposed to be a compromise between pro-life and pro-choice people. But Unwinding is a concept that goes against what each side believes in.
    Pro-lifers think that a fetus is a human life and it is WRONG to end a human life. Unwinding is ending a human life. And the whole argument about "well they are alive but in a divided state" is complete idiocy. Once any of your vital organs is removed from the rest of your body you are dead.
    Pro-choicers believe that a fetus is not a human life. A teenager is a human life. And pro-choicers don't think ending a life is alright.

    Also, in the book it was pretty much a black and white story, no other points of view of how Unwinding could be a GOOD thing. Not to mention, only ONE of the run-aways were actually bad. Which is unrealistic because you would have to be a REALLY bad kid for your parents to want to give you up. Maternal feelings are hard to override, even if your kid is horrible. In Connors case, he WASN'T horrible. He was a good guy. If this were real life he wouldn't have been unwound.

    I will say that the book did get my classmates to THINK, but unfortunately it didn't get its author Neal Shusterman, thinking about the plot all to clearly himself.

    I did get in a couple good discussions about the book, about applying the concept of "unwinding" to real life, with realistic characters (not the goody-two-shoes characters that were starring in this book).

    A good book for people who don't think too much.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    It was just ok for me...

    Didnt start to really enjoy it until way towards the end. It was a good read but after reading The Hunger Games and Divergent series this didnt quite reach the bar. Didnt buy the second book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Hannah is questioning...

    Is it disturbing?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    good

    this was great

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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