Monday, January 25, 2010

Review UNWIND by Neil Shusterman

By Neil Shusterman
Published November 6th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Hardcover, 335 pages

Placement in the Pile: Top Picks!

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.
In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

Sound like a heavy book? Well it is. And that is why I gave it a top placement. This book was not one I would have picked up on my own, but we read it for one of my book clubs and I thought it was so incredibly powerful and thought provoking that I was very very glad I read it.

The only way I can describe this book is: Lord of the Flies, meets, The Maze Runner, meets the Hunger Games, meets The Host, meets Holes. Throw in modern politics (bi-partisan fighting), the abortion issue, stem cell research, the donor system, religion, government run orphanages, teenage pregnancy, the origin of life/the soul, racism, gay marriage, terrorist radical groups, redemption, and what it means to be human -- and there you have it folks. UNWIND.

It will make you really re-evaluate your beliefs, no matter where you stand on the issues, and in a good way.

I highly, highly recommend this book. I now have Neil Shusterman and his other books on my TBR list.

Be warned of some emotionally intense scenes, and one graphic scene that is written in the least graphic way possible.


Lea said...

Highly recommend? Wow, I'll have to remember to keep an eye out for this one then. Awesome review! :)

I'm Erin said...

OH! This is one of my favorite books ever written. In fact, if I had a hard copy of this book, it would be on my do not touch shelf.

I love it!

Ratliffs said...

I really enjoyed this book as well!

Anna said...

I completely agree with your review! I read this a few weeks ago and it's been haunting me ever since. I made my husband read it as soon as I was done so we could talk about it. It was just so powerful and thought-provoking. I'm looking forward to reading Shusterman's other books.

Randi said...

I loved this book! couldn't have said it better!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Lol, I liked your comparison. Definitely LotF! I read and rated this one a while ago and agree that it was thought-provoking, though for some reason I didn't really feel a connection with the book. Great review though, and it's definitely one to check out! :D

SB said...

sounds like my kinda read!

Carol(ina) said...

I totally agree with this review! It was so great! :)