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.
Why I Recommend This Book:
When you look at the variety of YA books available nowadays, there is an abundance of dystopia type books, but for the most part, they don’t get as in depth into the various issues as adult books in the same genre do, with the exception of Unwind. I picked this up randomly based on a new recommendation search engine that I was trying out and was blown away. The level of detail and development that Shusterman put into the world is unlike anything I have come across recently, and there is one chapter that will blow any reader away. A co-worker of mine recently picked it up and asked me if I had read it – I told her yes and then just said, there is one chapter that is soo screwed up, but didn’t say anything more…when she got to it, she knew exactly what I was talking about. This is a book that I hope more kids read – I ended up staying up all night reading it (which made for a very long day at work the next). I can’t wait for the second book to come out in September (after a near 4 year hiatus) and hope that it will live up to the first