If they can survive until their 18th birthdays, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, 18 seems far, far away.
In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges listeners' ideas about life - not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
©2009 Neal Shusterman; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
There's suspending disbelief, and then there's suspending disbelief. Mr. Shusterman does make you think about some interesting ethical issues, but the context is completely implausible.
this story is pure adventure horror. the thought of being unwound is terrifying and like a dagger to the heart as you listen to the trials of the cast of this story.
Loved it! I'm finally listening to this series on audiobook. I know I'm years late to this series. But it's still completely relevant. The futuristic situation of society after the Second Civil War regarding reproductive rights is just plain creepy. The concept of "unwinding" sounds so awful, yet as the author explores the various angles and societal intentions throughout this novel, it becomes hauntingly real. The fact that I could picture something like this happening (maybe not worldwide, but in small populations), made this novel even better. Because if I can visualize it, it becomes more personal, and more exciting.
I loved that we got viewpoints from Connor, Risa, and Lev, all three on the road to unwinding but for completely different reasons. Their journey became my journey. I was invested in their outcome, as well as the outcomes of everyone they met. The twists and turns that Connor, Risa and Lev were taken on were fascinating, and I never knew what would happen next. I loved the suspense, as well as the humanity that these characters brought to the story.
And then there's that one chapter toward the end... totally gave me the heebie-jeebies. Seriously creeped me out big time. But I have to give mad props for the chill factor. It got its point across for sure. Unwinding is bad--very, very bad.
This is a fascinating story, and I'm looking forward to where the story's direction will go next. Because I bet it will be nothing like I expect. I also love the narrating from Luke Daniels on the audiobook. I definitely recommend checking out this series.
This is one of the best dystopian novels I have ever read, great character development, great attention to detail, interesting plot, even a little romance certainly one of the best books out there
I really loved the idea if this book and I don't want to be to hard on the author, because I think it may have been his first. Anyway, it was a fantastic idea and if you like philosophizing about the finer points of morality, this book has some very interesting ideas.
However, there were whole swaths of seemingly import story missing from this book. One of the main characters disappeared for while, completely changed and then returned later on without any real explanation. The author has supposedly fixed this by coming out with another book (a 1.5 version if you will) that tells the missing story (although it was about 6 years after the first). I have not read it yet, but I plan to soon.
All in all, I would recommend this book to heavy thinkers for an interesting view on morality, but probably not to the casual reader.
I think it's because I could see our society getting to this point. My 13 year old daughter loved this book. It was well put together but I think it was just to graphic for me.
My favorite thing about this book is the storyline. What an interesting concept! It got me asking myself all kinds of "what if" questions. What if the world decided it was ok to basically abort undesirable teenagers and use them for medical parts for other people? How would that change things?
Levi is an interesting character because he starts off believing that God wants him to be unwound, and then events force him to see that may not be the case. His journey through the loss of a religion he once felt entirely sure of is a realistic one. The feelings of betrayal he felt were more real to me with Levi than with any of the other characters.
My favorite scene in the book was when the story went inside a teenagers head while he was being unwound. It was intense!
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