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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Oct 08, 11

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Read in October, 2011

Shusterman's novel is a page-turner focusing on very heavy issues. Though the characters are important towards the plot, the issues involved are what really takes center stage. The story is set in a post second civil war America where the society has recently fought over the pro-life and pro-choice debate. Within this society life begins with conception but parents do have the possibility to unwind their children between ages 13-18. To unwind a child is to keep life but to divide the child in order for him/her to help others through transplants. The belief is that some children would be better to live in a divided state to help the world. The novel focuses on the journey of three teens set to be unwound. Shusterman's novel presents unique perspectives and points of view on the issue. It is a dramatic and titillating science fiction novel which will hook any reader. The novel is well-written and puts its readers into the story, issues, and feelings of the characters. It is a must read.
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