- Published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2007.
- Year Published: 2007
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 335 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 740
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Call number: Teen Fiction
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.
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It doesn't turn every adult into a villain. It doesn't have hormonal teens figuring it all out and saving the world through their independent, brilliant, heroic action. What it does have is a completely messed up world (that's the dystopian part) with a bunch of young people making both good and bad decisions, living with them, dealing with social pressures, and trying to survive. Several adults who think the world is messed up and trying to make a difference. Decisions that sometimes make a difference. People who learn and grow. Emotions that get out-of-whack, impulsive actions that change the course of events, relationships that become important. The world is well thought out and presented well, so that what we learn throughout the story comes back and enriches (or is necessary for) events later.
It's the first dystopian YA I've read since _The Hunger Games_ where I not only am planning to read the rest of the series, but actually got the next one out of the library already.
I the idea in and of itself seems very interesting, which is how I got to the book in the first place, but it was very bad overall.
Unwind passes the narration between Connor, Risa, Levi, and a few secondary characters, as indicated by chapter headings. Although it may take some getting used to, this narrative method lets readers into the motives of the characters and the changes they go through in their attempts to escape, survive, and make sense of the world.
While it’s hard to imagine anyone--regardless of their position on abortion--who would support unwinding, it makes for a provocative premise without glorifying either side of the abortion issue. Instead, Unwind asks questions: Could our society ever adopt and embrace a practice like unwinding? What is life, when does it start and end, and who decides? When is it okay to break the law? Teens may or may not think they have the answers, but they will certainly ask these kinds of questions and many more of their own.
Unwind gives readers a lot to think about while also telling a compelling, exciting, and highly disturbing story.
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