Years in the future after a second civil war, in a society where unwanted teens are disassembled and salvaged for their body parts, three teenagers are brought together under unusual circumstances
Years in the future after a second civil war, in a society where unwanted teens are disassembled and salvaged for their body parts, three teenagers are brought together under unusual circumstances to try to survive.
"Unwind" (by Neal Shusterman) follows these teenagers who have only one thing in common; they are all escaping being "unwound", a surgery that disassembles their body parts to give away to other people who need them. Connor's parents gave him up for unwinding because he is a trouble maker, Risa's parents are gone and she is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's surgery has been planned since birth as part of his families strict religion. Lives hanging on the balance, they make a journey across the country trying to outsmart the law, because if they live until their 18th birthday they can't be harmed. But living in a world who is desperate for every part of them from their hands to their hearts makes 18 seem very far away.
This is definitely one of my favorite books, I would suggest it to people who love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Thrills and lots of inner conflict keep the book lively and make you really want to think about the horror of what is happening. There is very little violence, but there is a little bit of profanity and the idea of being "unwound" can be disturbing to some. I would recommend it for anybody 12 and up.
I couldn't put "Unwind" down, it challenges your ideas about life in general, not only about it's beginning and end, but what it truly means to live.