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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Jul 08, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, would-read-repeatedly
Read in July, 2009

Great book, very thought-provoking. The book is set in the future, in a time after the "Heartland War", a conflict between pro-life and pro-choice factions. The main characters, Connor, Risa, and Lev are slated to be 'unwound' - which basically means their organs and limbs (99.4% of their bodies) is to be harvested for transplant. Connor's family made the choice because he was just too much trouble, Risa was a ward of a state that could no longer afford her upkeep, and Lev was born to be unwound as a tithe for his parents' religious group. Rather than accept this fate, they run. If they can make it til they're 18, they'll be free; it's illegal to unwind an adult. The book raises a lot of questions and doesn't seem to push one answer over another. Instead, it focuses on the consequences for society and for these 3 individuals, as well as those they come in contact with. Fantastic.

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