Unwind by Neal Shusterman – Review

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Title: Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi > Dystopia Synopsis: The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive. Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥

AimalReads Review: Some of my favorite people in book-web community have said that this series is perhaps their favorite dystopian series. I was a little hesitant to pick it up, because the covers didn’t fascinate me at all (yes, I judge a book by its cover sometimes, sue me.) But I managed to get my hands on a copy of the first book for super cheap, and decided to give it a go. This isn’t the first time a book has told me to not judge it by its cover, because wow, this book was fantastic! Neal Shusterman writes in a way that has the ability to appeal to most, if not all, type of audiences. His world-building skills are astonishing. This story has a little bit of everything: there’s humor, horror, romance, adventure, suspense and yes, tears. I thought the world in the Hunger Games was unimaginable and horrifying, but the “unwind” phenomena takes my horror to a whole new level. Parents giving up their children to be unwound- basically, their organs and everything else of their bodies being harvested and grafted into someone else. Most of these unwinds have done nothing wrong in their lives. Connor has a short temper- off to be unwound. Risa is taking up space in a state home- off to be unwound. And then we have Lev, who has been taught that being “tithed” (a fancy word for unwinding) is an honor, a blessing from God. There are so many shades to the story. It is nuanced and entertaining and fascinating and gripping. Shusterman does a fantastic job to make you think about the world around you. He makes you pause and wonder what you would do if you were in the position of one of the characters. His descriptions are horrifyingly real, disturbing, chilling. Especially one part towards the end of the novel had me cringing, and I almost shed a few tears. Almost. As amazing as the story was, I will say that I felt that Shusterman has a tendency to state the obvious. Especially towards the beginning, I felt he was repeating a lot of things, stating the obvious. I also felt that some parts were dragged, as if Shusterman wanted to make the novel longer than it really had to be. But of course, I’ll be carrying on with the rest of the story. I’m very excited to see where the story goes, and how the characters evolve.

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