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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Mar 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, dystopia, science-fiction

Rating: Between 4 and 4.5

Unwind is an original, well written, and very creepy book about just how far some people will go in order to protect reputation and only have "good" children. In a society post-war, abortion is no longer an issue, because now if you are not satisfied with your child grows up, you can unwind them, and if you don't want them from birth, you can stork them. Unwinding is a process where the child, during adolescence, can be given up to have their parts distributed to help people who are in need of them. The unwind is not killed; their parts are perfectly alive, they are just no longer together. In this terrifying world of cruelty and lack of accountability, three unwinds are thrown together as they try to escape the not-quite-deaths that there parents have elected for them.

This book had amazing originality and it was a fun and staggering read. Just note, towards the end there is a scene that although not graphic in words, is graphic in what is implicit.

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Neal Shusterman
“I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

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