Unwind (Unwind Quartet #1)
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...more
Also, it contained one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever read - not on a graphic level, but more due to the fact that what exactly is happening is left almost completely to the reader's imagination (if you've read the...more
Instead of pulling a knife or picking a fight though, the teenager turned on me with big, embarrassed, doe-eyes to ask in a quivering 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 toward...more
I approached rereading Unwind with trepidation. I generally enjoy revisiting books in series before each new release, but two reasons held me back in this case:
1) 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); and
2) 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...more
this is a great book to use as a springboard for discussions about reproductive rights and governmental responsibility and what kind of world we are creating and leaving to the next generation.
but i'm just going to talk about me. cuz i am a very laissez-faire individual, and i live my life like i am reading a book someone else is writing, and i am just tuning in to see where it all goes, and any discussion of this sort always leads to conflicts, and i think goodreads has enough of those, yeah?
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 spoiler)[UNWOUND HIS BRAINS WHILE HE WAS AWAKE! (hide spoiler)] I still have the major heebeejeebs.
I will never eat cauliflower again.
Unwind will shock you. I mean, roll-you-up-in-a-carpet-and-bitch-slap-you kind of shock you.
And you will love it.
Imagine a world where abortion is illegal but it's perfectly acceptable to have disagreeable children unwound, that is, disassembled and their organs given to waiting recipients, when they are between the ages of 13 and 18? That's the basic premise beh...more
Alas, from the very first c...more
Have you ever wondered if one day, the doctors prefer replacing instead of healing? If one day, the parents can choose to keep or to terminate their child?
“You can't change laws without first changing human nature.”
“You can't change human nature without first changing the law.”
Today, authors of dystopian books are feeding us with various creative ideas. Many of us haven't noticed that Neal Shusterman has written a thrilling, bizarre, and incredible science fiction. This is a story when morals a...more
This is the best YA dystopian fiction that I've read so far. Compared to say George Orwell's 1984, the writing seems to be ordinary but Shusterman's imagination is boundless. How could have thought of an idea where below 18 y/o teens are unwound, i.e., all their organs are harvested for transplant use?
While I was in the first 50 pages, I found the novel boring as it reminded me of the teenagers killing each other in Suzanne Collins' The Hung...more
That was my face throughout the whole book.
Just kidding. That would be freaky and painful.
Unwind is one of the best books I have ever read. Very rarely do I ever say that. It's one of those books that really KEEP YOU ON EDGE.
Where do I start? I must say, it was amazing in the most heart-pounding way. An incredible, well-crafted, gorgeously written book that is extremely fast paced, gripping, and suspenseful. I'll start in a rather organized way.
1. The characters: Com...more
This book deserves more than just 6 stars. It deserves 10! This is my ultimate fav young adult and it was one of the most amazing and emotional reads. It's a roller coaster of emotions and don't read it if you don't wish for your heart to shatter, or if you don't wish for your heart to be cut out. Because that's how i felt while reading this.
But - in every darkness, there is light, and even if this book might seem quite grim, it was balanced. Because it's Neal Shuster...more
Sure, there's horrible dystopias, such as the ones featured in The Hunger Games and Delirium, but neither of them have particularly scared me. I wouldn't want to l...more
At the very beginning, I honestly wasn’t buying the story. I just couldn’t understand parents who would get rid of their child and celebrate by going on a cruise. I should have known better. Our belief systems, morals, cultural conventions, laws… they didn’t just pop out of nothing. They are so deeply ingrained into our society that we never doubt most of them. People, we're sheep!
I wonder, at s...more
Think about living in a world where disease is basically eliminated and the pro-life and pro-choice people have come to a compromise. What a great accomplishment. Or is it? In this mo...more
This is how Unwind made me feel. I thought that the concept of kids being "unwound" (this is just a PC term for body parts being harvested/removed from unruly and unwanted kids) was an interesting and new story that I hadn't heard before. Unwinding results in the teen's death, but it was explained in the book as a chance to "live on" through other people.
I expected that the kids would fight to stay alive. I...more
This book certainly deserves its legion of fans, and could become a phenomenal movie. I strongly recommend it for...more
This book deserves six stars for its ingenious plot!
The novel opens by explaining that the United States experienced its second civil war instigated by pro-life and pro-choice advocates bent on destroying each other. To end the long, bloody war, government officials came together to create "The Bill of Life," which "states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, between the ages...more
Parents have children and know that they'll have them forever and always love them, but...more
What a horrible, horrible dystopian vision Neal Shusterman presents us with in Unwind!
A horrible vision which I found utterly unrealistic in the beginning. I just couldn’t imagine parents having their children "dismantled" because of bad behavior or better say, I couldn’t imagine a society accepting this gruesome procedure as common. After a while, though, I started thinking and considering our history and what people already did let happen, as well as the gruesome things that are still happenin...more
DON'T CLICK ON IT IF YOU DON'T WANT NIGHTMARES
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UNWIND is pretty awesome.
Amidst the horrified comments from my reviewer friends (“HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ THIS ALREADY, OCEANA?”) I finished reading UNWIND with my jaw slack. Unbelievably creative, with interesting main characters and unique writing, UNWIND is also littered with interesting historical an...more
Where to start? Unwind was a thrilling roller coaster from the start to the end. It was a dizzying, amazing ride filled with twists and turns and brought me up and down. Unwind is one the best YA dystopias that I have read next to the Hunger Games because it's so astonishing, shocking, and so disturbing. Neal Shusterman wrote such an incredible book filled with smart, cunning characters and heart-pounding action...more
The pacing is brilliant. I was hooked from the beginning, which hasn't happened in a while. I also felt like I connected with the characters on a more personal level since it's written in first person nar...more
It's hard to talk about this book because there is nothing left to say.. it says it all by itself.
From the first page the 3 main characters (Connor, Risa, Lev) have some emotional (almost heartbreaking) stories to tell about before and after meeting each other, and you can not 'not care' about their destiny, about what might (or will) happen to them.
Without noticing you start to know them all, to feel their pain, their struggle and you keep reading every page hoping with them that they will ma...more
I was drawn in at the very first moment as on the first page of the book you are confronted with The Bill of Life:
“…between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a par...more
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|Roland's Chapter... **SPOILERS**||18||79||May 22, 2013 08:00pm|
|The Ending **SPOILERS**||14||69||May 20, 2013 05:29pm|
|Can you describe the Proactive Citizenry or/and the Juvenile Authority in the Unwind Series?||4||13||May 13, 2013 10:22am|
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