former nuclear scientist
I found the prologue to be insulting: pro-life and pro-choice factions led the USA to a civil war, leading to a compromise where women must carry children to term, but from ages 13-18 they can be harvested for parts; as long as 99.6% of those parts are used, the child is still technically "alive." Considering that both factions highly value life (pro-life values fetal life over mother's life, pro-choice values the mother's life over the fetal life), I was insulted on behalf of both parties. Such a heinous compromise is acceptable to nobody, and even the architect of the compromise admits it started as a joke.
However, I suspended common sense, as one must sometimes do for sci fi books, and kept going. Unwinding is described in gruesome detail, so don't get this book if you are tender hearted. The performance really grew as the story went on: at first, the dry delivery bugged me, since I felt it didn't do justice to the fugitives' desperate flight.(2 stars) But the narrator did better with voices, and his reading of the unwinding scene was heartbreaking.(5 stars)
The rest of the story can be read as an extreme allegory for political fighting, and the consequence of "kicking the can down the road" for your children to deal with the problems you've made. Here, society has been redesigned so that your children can become "not your problem," either by "storking" (forcing someone else to take care of your baby) or "unwinding" (harvesting the parts of your teenager). The behavior of most of the adults was as appalling as it was sickeningly recognizable in today's impersonal world.
If you can suspend disbelief and common sense and just flow along with it, it is a powerful story that could leave you in tears.
Mind like a steel trap: Rusty, dangerous and banned in 37 states.
Maybe. Depends on the friend. It's VERY unsettling - I would NOT recommend it for anyone under 15 or anyone who is sensitive, and it takes a lot for me to say that. I am a Stephen King fan, and a dystopian sci-fi/fantasy fan. That said - there was a scene in this book that (quite literally) kept me awake most of the night and left me tossing and turning with terrible dreams afterward. The depiction of the unwinding process was - no exaggeration - traumatizing, and I'm a grown woman with a strong stomach. Most of my friends would be upset by this, so no, I don't think I would recommend it for them.
It is well written with strong, multi-faceted characters. There were some unexpected revelations, some twists. It's intricately layered without the simple black-white, good-evil, us-them kind of politics that make the grey areas palatable. It's challenging intellectually, and makes you think.
No. I found the narrator ... irritating, for some reason. I had to force myself to keep listening through the first few chapters - I half-wish I had read the book instead of listening.
This is hard to answer. Yes... and no. I was so deeply disturbed that I wish I'd never listened to it. But the writer is exceptional - layering plotlines, twisting things together in a beautiful pattern, creating characters that seemed to come alive - but in the end, I was so deeply disturbed that I will not listen to it again, nor will I be sharing it with the family members who I usually listen to audiobooks with.
I am a parent and now grandparent who generally allows children to read whatever they're interested in within reason - Other than extreme violence or explicit sexuality, I have never restricted a book before. That said - I wouldn't let my children read this before 8th grade, and even then it'd be dependent on the personality and resilience of the child, and I'd make sure I was available to talk to them about it. This book deals with issues that you'll definitely want to discuss with your kids, not let them listen to solo.
Imagine for a second that you are a teen living in a world where at any moment your parents or guardians may choose to have you unwound. If you disobey them or become unwanted in any way, they may sign the papers and have you shipped off to a “harvest camp” where you will be prepped and then taken piece by piece. If you’re born into the right religion you may even have the privilege of being tithed (aka unwound with an honorable connotation). Satisfying both pro-life and pro-choice advocates, the justification of unwinding is that the teens live on within the bodies of the people given their parts. Disturbing? Definitely. Unrealistic? A bit… But this story and the characters brought such life to the idea, that is quickly became real.
Unwind has a very chilling concept! I loved it. Being my first audiobook experience, it took a little getting used to. I think I adjusted to listening vs. reading pretty fast. The narrator, Luke Daniels, was great!! He must have had over 10 original voices. It was very impressive and brought another dimension to the story.
Surprisingly, this was not a very emotional book. I expected it to be, but it was more- sit-at-the-edge-of-your-seat I-must-know-what-will-happen-next addicting. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a little love story in the background that was not gushy whatsoever.
Neal Shusterman has a definite winner here! Unwind is a chilling, action-packed, nail-biting, thriller. Supposedly Neal is working on a second book in the series titled, Unwholly that is due out in September 2012. You can bet I will be trying to get my hands on an ARC of that one! It also appears that Neal is working on the script to a movie based on Unwind. I’m extremely excited for that as well! Give this book a shot, or better yet try this as an audiobook, and you will guaranteed a thrilling ride.
I don't see a need to recap the story, you can read what it is about in the synopsis provided by audible. Being a veteran audible listener, I know how much the narrator can add or detract to the story - rest assured the narration is great and the story kept my interest the whole way through.
I wasn't expecting this book to capture my attention the way it did but wow! This story was so good I found myself diving into the sequel. Yes, it is written for young adults and no I am not a young adult, well I was about twenty years ago, but that aside, this is one of the most original stories I've ever read or listened to and it kept me wanting more. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for originality and an overall good read.
I would listen to this again but it will be awhile before I do.The Unwinding was very disturbing but I couldn't stop listening.
Unwind was an interesting 'read.' There were a couple of times I was going to shut it off, but I decided to stick it through to the end. I don't know if there are sequels to this book, but I now I'd not listen to them if there are.
This was my first book by Mr. Shusterman.
Mediocre, harsh, jarring.
Sometimes a whole person is not whole.
The performance of this book was quite off-putting. Although the voice work of the characters was expertly done, during the straight "narration" bits, it seemed Mr. Daniels was yelling the book at me with little-to-no emotion.
As for the story, if you can get over some of the (rather large) assumptions about politics and history, you'll probably find the story compelling.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
What if retro-active abortion was legal? In this not too distant future parents can legally have their troublesome teen retroactively aborted between the ages of 13 to 18. To avoid the it being murder, every part of the unwind teen must be kept alive and used it transplantation purposes. This book journey's with 3 teens slated to be unwind. The first is Connor a troubled 16 year old boy who discovers his parents signed copy of his unwinding order right before Thanksgiving and his parents and little brothers plane tickets to the Bahamas the day after he was due to be unwind. Connor decides to flee before the Juvenile cops collect him. On the road of running away his past crosses with another girl 15 Risa who is a state owned kid and is slated to be unwind because of state budgets cuts, and Connor also runs into 13 year old boy Lev who is being unwind because he is a religious tithe and was slated to be unwind since the day he was born. The book is definitely interesting and is a conversation starter. If you are looking for something different, look no further.
The writing is very smart and tight. It can be enjoyed by adults as well as teens (the YA market). The tenets behind the story seem rather implausible at first, but the more you mull over them, the more disconcertingly realistic the potential scenario becomes. The narrator struck me as monotone at first and that turned me off, but I warmed up to him. Slow start, but don't give up - This is a real winner of a book!
Nothing, really. Maybe The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies? I just finished the Matched trilogy. This is NOTHING like that wordy emo fluff.
The culmination of Sy Fy's search and The Admiral's ranch.
Roland at the Chop Shop. I found myself crying for a character I really disliked. Well done, Neal Shusterman!
I almost didn't try this title and feel very fortunate I did! PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDIBLE HAS MIS-LABELED BOOK #2 IN THE SERIES (Unwholly) AS BOOK #3.