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Unwind By Neal Shusterman –  A Book Review !

Unwind By Neal Shusterman –  A Book Review !

‘In a perfect world, everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.’


Decades after the second civil war, fought over the rights of reproduction and life, the ‘Bill of Life’ is passed. Stating that life of a born/unborn child cannot be voluntarily taken by the parent till the age of thirteen. After which a parent can choose to unwind his or her child before it reaches the age of eighteen.


“You see, a conflict always begins with an issue – a difference of opinion, an argument. But by the time it turns into a war, the issue doesn’t matter anymore, because now it’s about one thing and one thing only: how much each side hates the other.”

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What is unwinding, you ask? Pretty simple actually. Scientists have considerably improved in the fields of Biology and medicine. This process allows them to remove the different organs and body parts of the Unwind—that is, the teenager who is supposed to go through the process of Unwinding—and donate it to those who need it.

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Who can be Unwounded? Anyone between the age of thirteen to eighteen actually. Just one order from the parent of the guardian and you’re done for. The Juvenile Police comes for you as soon as possible and takes you to the nearest ‘Harvest Camp’, a fancy name for a hospital facility for the Unwinds.


‘No one knows how it happens. No one knows how it’s done. The Harvesting of Unwinds is a secret medical ritual that stays within the walls of each harvesting clinic in the nation. In this way it is not unlike death itself, for no one knows what mysteries lie beyond those secret doors, either’


Fifteen-year-old Connor, an orphan Risa and thirteen-year-old Levi have one thing in common—they are being unwounded. Out on the run, away from their families and into the wild they go through a life changing adventure where danger becomes their frenemy and survival becomes their aim.

‘Most people have two emergency modes. Fight and Flight. But Connor always knew he had three: Fight, Flight, and Screw Up Royally.’

This is their story and the story of countless teenagers who lose themselves every day to this horrendous scientific process.

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Unwind By Neal Shusterman !

“Please…,” says the boy.

Please what? The teacher thinks. Please break the law? Please put myself and the school at risk? But no, that’s not it at all. What he’s really saying is: Please be a human being. With a life so full of rules and regiments, it’s so easy to forget that’s what they are. She knows—she sees—how often compassion takes a back seat to expediency.’


I personally enjoyed this book a lot. Dystopia is slowly becoming my favorite Young Adult genre to read and this one was definitely an entertaining read. The story was a roller coaster ride, the characters were intriguing, and had substance—they weren’t flat cardboard characters but were realistic and maybe even relatable. The author did an amazing job of showcasing their fears and inner demons, portraying them as real and believable teenagers. It was refreshing.

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The story was action packed and adventurous and my heart didn’t pound in my chest but it definitely was beating faster than normal. After a little while I couldn’t put this book down.

There were a bunch of unexpected twists and turns and it was just a really satisfying read. Definitely a book worth reading! I’m off to reading the other three books in this Dystology.


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