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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Feb 17, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

In a post-war world, a compromise between the pro-choice and anti-choice fighting forces results in legislation allowing for the unwinding of teenagers. Unwinding, which involves killing the teen and donating all body parts to those needing transplants, is performed for a number of reasons: inability to control the teenager, inability to provide for the teenager, or desire to tithe the teen as part of religious belief. Connor, Risa, and Lev are unwinds representing one of each of these categories. While the harvest camp awaits their arrival, Connor puts another course of events in motion, ensnaring Risa and Lev in his rash actions and hurtling them into a world of hiding where their only chance of survival lies in relying on one another. However, what each learns about him- or herself may be the most redeeming of all.

Shusterman's poly-vocal novel explores the dark intersection of nature, science, and religious belief, creating a narrative that evokes both thought and emotion. A stellar example of dystopian YA fiction.
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