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UNWIND (Unwind Dystology)

Author: Neal Shusterman

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Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Unwind is thrilling and compelling. This book is set in the future after the second Civil War in America. This Civil War was fought over abortion and the right to live. After the end of the war it was decided that no one can have an abortion but between the ages of 13 and 18 a child can be sent to be unwound or have their body parts and organs harvested to sell. This novel is about three teens: Connor, who is too troublesome for his parents; Risa, an orphan; and Lev, a tithe or a child born to be unwound. These teens meet after a accident in a freeway and they are forced to survive until they become 18 when they can no longer be sent to unwound. This is a dystopian fiction novel for young adults.

Type of Reading: independent reading, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 12 and up; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 12 and up

Reading Level: 5

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This book had a chilling side to it because of the possibility that this version of a dystopian future could happen. Abortion is a arguable topic and the effects can cause a war which could lead to the end of mankind. It was overall a very nice read, and the chilling gripping, story line would make me recommend it to anyone in middle school.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is indeed a compelling book. Given the subject matter, though, I would disagree with our teen reviewer and say this is for young adults.

Pros: Scary, real, and thrilling - Unwind has it all. This is a young adult novel that is an excellent crossover candidate.

Cons: Not all teens are ready for books about sex-related topics.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great read.


Educational Themes: Abortion is a galvanizing topic, and one that (as this story points out) has many facets. Through a fictional tale, you may be able to have an honest discussion with your teen.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - science fiction, coming of age, young adult series

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2013

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