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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Dec 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: high-school-fiction, middle-school-fiction, science-fiction, survival

One of the most emotionally intense YA books I've ever read. Imagine you've just found out that your parents have signed the order to have you unwound, which means you will be sent off to a harvest camp where your body will be disassembled and the various parts will be given to more deserving citizens. And the parts will retain some of their memories. Yes, sounds creepy, but the story is really about the ethics behind who has the power over life and death, how society deals with its problems, and choices people make that are good or bad. The scene where a boy who has received a partial brain transplant confronts the parents who unwound his involuntary donor is heartbreaking. And the unwinding scene will take your breath away.

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