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Unwind – Neal Shusterman


Connor, Risa and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until the age of 13. Between the ages of 13 and 18, however, parents c an have their child “unwound,” whereby all of he child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not talented enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape – and to survise. (Backcover description)

I bought this book on fluke. I had no idea what I would get but I just ordered it. I decided to order it because of a DA artist Burdge-Bug. I saw several drawings made by her and read a description on the Holy Goodreads and I thought I should give it a shot. And let me tell you, what a shot. I absolutely loved this book, and it also broke my heart and made me hope that nothing like it would happen in the future.

Unwind was definitely a book worth reading and it is without a doubt a book that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. You will not get bored and you will find yourself engrossed in the action and cheering, or just crying for the characters, and not just the main ones: Connor, Risa and Lev.
The idea itself, the futuristic world that who knows, maybe one day our own world will turn into or not, was fantastic. It depressed me a little to think that we might turn out like this. Giving our children away to be unwound, or making them fight to the death in the Hunger Games, or who knows what other things.
I’m thinking of turning this year not only the dragon and faeries books, but also the futuristic/postacpocaliptic one. The Epic THREE.

Each and every charachter is special and in now way a 2D character , hello – goodbye. Everyone lives and breathes and makes himself/herself noticed and you get attached to them. Or you just want to punch him in the face and run away really really fast. Yeah, I am talking about Roland. Though in the end, I couldn't fully hate him. He had this tough facade but I think it was just that, and he had to keep it up because that was how he grew up. I felt sorry for him more than hate him, yet I still wanted sometimes to hit him in the face.

Connor,signed to be unwound by his parents since they felt they could not control him anymore, was not your usual lead guy. He wasn’t exceptionally handsome, charming or ohh be still my heart. He had, dare I say, more flaws than qualities at the beginning, but throughout the months of running away, he changed a lot. He discovered things he was good at, he became more protective and not as angry and prone to fighting, and he actually got a girl worth caring for and that cared enough about him.

Like Connor, Lev, the young tithe, changed a lot from the annoying kid tithe. Learned the streets, to get around by himself. He turned out to be, one hell of a kid and a fighter for the greater good, sort of.
Risa, ward of the state but not a good enough pianist to be kept alive, didn’t change very much, maybe just lowering her defense as the story progressed. She was a sweet and caring girl from the very beginning. And that never changed.

An amazing and horific dystopian world, is what the author created. I’m glad I got my hands on this book and it won’t be the last I read from Neal Shusterman.

Quotes ^_^

Emby - I gotta go to the bathroom
Hayden - You should have thought of that before you left. How many times do we have to tell you? Always use the potty before climbing into a shipping crate.

Diego - I want my fingers to go to a sculptor. So he can use them to craft something that will last forever.
Hayden - If I'm unwound,I want my eyes to go to a photographer — one who shoots supermodels. That's what I want these eyes to see.
Connor - My lips'll go to a rock star.
"These legs are definitely going to the Olympics."
"My ears to an orchestra conductor."
"My stomach to a food critic."
"My biceps to a body builder."
Emby - I wouldn't wish my sinuses on anybody."

One more for Connor's sake from the amazing Burdge-Bug