Thursday, December 2, 2010

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is amazing! I am literarily in love with
Mr. Shusterman and I've only read this one book.

Unwind is set in the not too distant future after the second American Civil War aka The Heartland War, which was a fight over reproductive rights. The outcome of the war is that life is inviolable from conception until thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, parents can have their children "unwound", whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donor recipients so life doesn't technically end. Although told in the third person, the book follows different unwounds and sometimes different recipients, but it all comes together in one big, suspenseful, thought provoking story.

This book is amazingly well written and well thought out. You get to see the controversial decision of legalizing unwinding from many different sides. But, as a warning, Shusterman does not pull his punches. There are some gut wrenching chapters, but you desperately want to keep reading.

Good job Mr. Neal Shusterman. Really good stuff!


  1. Even though I finished this book a week ago, there are still parts of it haunting my brain. Very interesting read, but not an easy comforting read.

  2. I wonder where they could go with a sequel. I mean, obviously that would be interesting and if anyone could pull it off, I'm sure Shusterman could. Still, it would be challenging.