Book: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA Dystopian
From: the library
One day I suddenly realized that this book was a week overdue from the library. Of course, I then had to make it "worth it" by actually getting it read before I took it back! I fit it in between everything else going on, and I'm so glad I did!
This is basically a "what if" story. What if, a few years from now, we have another civil war in this country. The war is between those that are on side of pro-life, and those on the side of pro-choice.. regarding the abortion issue. What if in order to end this war, a compromise is reached called The Bill of Life. This agreement states that all babies will be born, and will live until they are 13 years old at which time the parents can then choose to "unwind" them. This means, 100% of their bodies are harvested to be used for others, thereby keeping the child essentially "alive." They have until the kid is 18 years old to decide, at which point, they are too old for unwinding.
What if kids who are destined for this fate run away? Bond with each other? Find adults willing to help them... a sort of underground railroad system in fact? And there, you have this story, about three kids (a troublemaker, an orphan and a tithe) dealing with the fact that they are on their way to be unwound, and what ends up happening to them.
It's quite the statement. Not preachy or anything, but very very powerful. Beware, there's one very disturbing chapter. But overall, it's gripping and action-packed and intense and heartbreaking.
Bottom line: I loved it. A lot.
I've heard about this author for awhile now, but this is the first book of his I've read. I really hope to read more before too long. For more on author Neal Shusterman, click here for his official website.
Oh, and it looks like this book is being made into a movie. Cool. And there's talk of a sequel to the book, but I couldn't confirm it.
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