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He calls his pastor after he's done so, who tells him he helped keep their faces out of the paper so Lev could be free.

Astonished by this sudden change, Lev pulls the fire alarm to help Connor and Risa escape from the incoming cops. Connor and Risa attempt to hide, but are discovered by a teacher, Hannah, who helps them to escape the school and tells them to go to an antique store and ask for Sonia, who will help them. The store is a safe house, where they stay for a few days before the Ice Cream man comes to pick them up and shuttle them to another house in the chain.

Before they leave, Sonia has them and the other kids, named Roland, Mai, and Hayden, write letters to their loved ones about how they felt about being ordered to be unwound and said she would mail them if they didn't come to collect it a year after their eighteenth birthdays, when they would be safe from unwinding.

Hannah comes to say goodbye, and to take the baby, whom she and her husband have decided to adopt and claim as a storked baby. The escaped children are eventually taken to a holding area, a big warehouse by an airport. Cy-Fi teaches Lev some street smarts along the way, and Lev helps him and the unwound kid inside him get closure. At the warehouse, Risa begins to understand the games Roland is playing in breaking up any groups of kids that might be a threat to him.

She tries to make Connor understand and stay calm, as a fight between the two of them is looming as Connor appears to be the next biggest threat to Roland. Connor takes her words to heart and isn't baited by Roland when he attempts to rape Risa in the bathroom. Shortly after, they are all taken to the Graveyard, an aircraft graveyard , their final destination and where they will remain until they reach the age of eighteen and are safe. A former admiral is in charge of the airplane graveyard and assigns the children to work detail where they can best be used.

Connor becomes a mechanic and Risa becomes a medic, while Roland learns to fly a helicopter from Cleaver, the only other adult who knows about the kids. Roland starts up his trouble anew, spreading stories about the Admiral to sow dissent and to make himself the new leader. Connor ends up on the Admiral's side as a spy, and when a number of the higher up kids are killed, they investigate, believing Roland to be responsible. A short time in, Lev arrives, tougher than before, and joins a secret group that wants to damage Unwind facilities rather than just live out to age eighteen and then leave the camp.

The Admiral has a heart attack during a riot caused by doubts sown by Roland, even though he is not there to direct it and take over. Connor brings things under control, and gets Roland and Risa to come with him to fly the Admiral to a hospital, knowing they will likely be caught.

They are taken away to a harvest camp, where Risa unwillingly joins the band which plays at the unwinding and death of each child. Lev is at the camp as well, having turned himself in after becoming a clapper, a suicide bomber who has been injected with a liquid explosive triggered by clapping hard enough. Roland is unwound due to his blood type being high on demand. Just as Connor is about to be unwound, the other two clappers, Blaine and Mai, who are at the camp with Lev detonate their explosives at his request.

He intends to join them, but at the last minute changes his mind, determined to pull out unwound youth from the wreckage and save Connor. He does so, and turns himself to the police. Back at the hospital, Connor and Risa unite again. Connor's injuries made them the unwilling recipient of a new eye, and an arm that formerly belonged to Roland, which they can tell from the shark tattoo on the arm.

Still, the police cars circle. A trucker emerges, stretches, and heads toward the truckstop bathrooms, leaving the door ajar. In the hairbreadth of a moment, Connor makes a decision and bolts from his hiding spot, racing across the lot to that truck.

Loose gravel skids out from under his feet as he runs. He has committed himself to this course of action and he has to see it through. As he nears the door he sees headlights arcing around, about to turn toward him.

He sits on a bed not much bigger than a cot, catching his breath. The trucker will be back. He peers beneath the bed. He could pull them out, squeeze in, and pull the duffle bags back in front of him. But even before he can get the first duffle bag out, the door swings open. Connor just stands there, unable to react as the trucker reaches in to grab his jacket and sees him. Then he steps inside and closes the door behind him.

The trucker sits beside him. The trucker scratches his beard stubble and thinks for a moment. I lost an arm, a kidney, and a few other things. I got new ones, though, and I pulled through. Muscle memory, they call it. You can ride with me till morning.

Get yourself some rest. Connor finally lets his guard down and begins to feel his own exhaustion. Josias Aldridge has apparently pulled another sleight of hand. With his journey over before it even began, Connor swings the door open to see three Juvey-cops aiming weapons.

In fact, their backs are to him. Connor recognizes him right away. My God, is Andy being unwound too? A look of utter defeat. He catches sight of Connor, holds his gaze, only for a moment. He quickly looks away from Connor and takes a few steps before the police grab him—steps away from Connor, so that the police still have their backs to him. Andy had seen him and had not given him away!

Connor leans back into the shadows of the truck and slowly pulls the door closed. Outside, as the police take Andy away, Connor lies back down, and his tears come as sudden as a summer downpour. The trucker never comes to check on him. Instead Connor hears the engine start and feels the truck pulling out.

The gentle motion of the road rocks him to sleep. He wants to go back to the dream he was having. He was at a cabin on a beach with his parents, before his brother was born. Connor had screamed and screamed from the pain, and the fear of the giant spiders that he was convinced would eat his leg off. And yet, this was a good dream—a good memory—because his father was there to pull him free, and carry him inside, where they bandaged his leg and sat him by the fire with some kind of cider so flavorful, he could still taste it when he thought about it.

Little-boy-Connor drank his cider and leaned back against his mother pretending to fall asleep, but what he was really doing was trying to dissolve into the moment and make it last forever. In the dream he did dissolve. His whole being flowed into the cider cup, and his parents placed it gently on the table, close enough to the fire to keep it warm forever and always. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.

His cell phone rings again, chasing away the last of the dream. Connor almost answers it. The phone rings again. Connor finds his phone in his backpack. The phone ID says the call is from his father. He waits until voicemail takes the call, then he turns off the power. His watch says 7: Aldridge is a few yards away being handcuffed, and in front of Connor is a policeman: It makes Connor furious.

He wants to shout. I stopped being your son when you signed the unwind order! But the shock of the moment leaves him speechless. He quickly assesses the situation. The truck has been pulled over to the side of the interstate by two highway patrol cars and a Juveycop unit. Traffic barrels past at seventy miles per hour, oblivious to the little drama unfolding on the shoulder.

Connor makes a split-second decision and bolts, pushing the officer against the truck and racing across the busy highway. Would they shoot an unarmed kid in the back, he wonders, or would they shoot him in the legs and spare his vital organs? As he races onto the interstate, cars swerve around him, but he keeps on going.

Then he hears a gun fire. He feels the impact, but not in his skin. The bullet embeds in his backpack. Then, as he reaches the highway median, he hears another gunshot, and a small blue splotch appears on the center divider. Its side mirror smacks him painfully in the ribs before the car screeches to a halt, sending the acrid stench of burned rubber up his nostrils.

Holding his aching side, Connor sees someone looking at him from an open window of the backseat. The kid is terrified. This is what reading is all about! The world and the characters created here are fascinating. The concept of the book is very interesting and plays out very well.

It went in places I was not expecting at all, but I liked where it went and I like how it ended and I don't know if I wanna read the series or not. I felt like this was good. This was just right. I don't know what else needs to happen to make this better and I'm not really sure why it needs to continue. View all 32 comments. Mar 16, Annalisa rated it it was amazing Recommended to Annalisa by: Page one, I'm iffy.

Pro-life and Pro-choice fight a civil war and the only way to satisfy both armies is the agreement that no abortions take place but from the ages of thirteen to eighteen any child can be unwound and his or her divided body and soul be used as organ donation?

First off, pro-choice isn't going to go for a woman sacrificing her body through pregnancy and raising a child thirteen years before she can dispose of it. And pro-life isn't going to go for the termination of a child who Page one, I'm iffy. And pro-life isn't going to go for the termination of a child who is more developed than an embryo.

I'm not buying that anyone would go for this resolution. Page ten, I don't care anymore. I'm already invested in Connor's fate when he goes on the run after finding the copy of his Unwind order. The premise may be absurd, but Shusterman made the distopia so real for me that I had to find out the fate of these unwanted kids through every horrific detail.

The story never slows down with twists paced through the end that kept me glued to the book. What disturbed me most beside the unwinding was the music played at the chop shop.

Every time I think a society could not possibly go that far, throw in a little reminder of Nazi Germany and I know it already has. While disturbing, the story is near impossible to put down or get out of your head once you do because every scene can be taken to discuss a larger issue in society. It's not really about the absurdity of the resolution but a vehicle for Shusterman to make statements about society.

He introduces important questions about abortion, organ donation, stem cell research, the destructive power of propaganda, apathy of uninformed decisions, consequences, parental control, and religious fanaticism among others. But he doesn't shove answers down our throats. He just introduces the discussion.

Pro-choice advocates could make the claim that Shusterman is defending their cause by showing all the unwanted children that would come from anti-abortion laws. Pro-life advocates could make the claim that Shusterman is defending their cause by showing how sick the destruction of children is as parents turn a blind eye to the specifics of the practice just because they selfishly don't want to deal with a child anymore.

I think what Shusterman is showing is that a society should never allow a government to be its moral compass, but individuals should make their own informed, ethical decisions. View all 17 comments. I hate dystopian novels, and try to avoid them like the plague.

This is my fourth book by Neal Shusterman and I never knew I could enjoy reading this genre until I discovered this brilliant man. I am in awe. Aug 09, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 26, Kewpie rated it it was amazing.

This is one of those books that once I finished it, I started it over and read the whole thing over again.

And even after that, there were parts of it that I kept re-reading and thinking about. Before I go into my long review, I wanted to just mention that this book had one of the most nightmarish and horific scenes that I have ever read in my life.

It contained almost no details at all, and none of the sparse details were graphic or gory. And that made it even scarier. My imagination provided m This is one of those books that once I finished it, I started it over and read the whole thing over again. My imagination provided more than any author ever could. It's been a few days and I can't get that scene out of my mind.

There are so many ethical and moral arguments brought up here and almost no clear cut answers. Here are just a few of the dilemas that come up or discussed about: In the case of minors, where does the line between "guardian" and "owner" cross over? The parents in this book treat children as property from the day they are born. They are things to donate to churches, sell for money, "put to sleep" when they are being a nuisance.

When the parents sign the unwind orders, the State becomes the guardian of the minors. When the minors run away, they are considered to be stealing government property.

The power of euphamism. There are many terms and phrases in the book that seem very neutral, nonthreatening and almost positive. All the while, these terms mask draconian, horrific and barbaric rituals. I think a big message of this book is that euphamisms can be used as propaganda.

People condone actions that they wouldn't normally condone because the euphamisms soften the messy harsh realities. I find it interesting that some people were offended by the book and claimed it was too pro-life!

I thought the book was very pro-choice. The author set up a world with aborti on being ill egal and the world being over-run with unwanted babies, who were discarded on random porches or put into massive institutions where teenagers were gotten rid of to make room for the mass influx of new babies.

The message sometimes seemed to me that if you made abortion illegal, then the population would explode and children would be neglected and devalued to the point that people would sell their teenage children to organ harvesters because they needed the money or the kids were too inconvenient or annoying. There is no mention of illegal abortions or mandatory sterilization of undesireables.

This is my ultimate fav young adult and it was one of the most amazing and emotional reads. It's a roller coaster of emotions and don't read it if you don't wish for your heart to shatter, or if you don't wish for your heart to be cut out.

Because that's how i felt while reading this. But - in every darkness, there is light, and even if this book might seem quite grim, it was balanced. Because i Final rating: Because it's Neal Shusterman and his talent to write is amazing. It's fast page turner as well, and it's fabulous.

If you have a faint heart, you have been warned! It's told from Connor, Lisa and Lev point of view in third person and there were povs which were told by different people as well. In the future, there is no need for medicines. There is no need for anything. You loose an arm, you will get one back. Every sickness is cured by transplanting organs, body parts and everything else.

People stay healthy and happy For everything, there is a price. 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: It ended, but the compromise that was reached was called Unwinding. It stopped the practice of abortion by having one law - Every single parent on earth has a right to "abort" their children from ages of by having them Unwound.

To be unwounded means to be separated into parts - every single part of the body - and having it donated to other people. The evolved genes and cells of the humans in this era allows for the body parts to remember the instincts or even memories of the original owner.

And - every single body part is alive. But this isn't a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is. Storking a storked baby is a crime, but people do it anyway. It has to do with love A person don't got a soul until that person is loved. If a mother loves her baby--wants her baby--it's got a soul from the moment she knows it's there. The moment you're loved, that's when you got your soul. This story follows three teenagers: Connor, Risa and Lev.

They are all to be unwound, one of them went out of control, one has no other choice, and one was getting ready for it whole life. But when fates intervene and all of them meet up, which choices will they make?

There was a scene of unwinding, and I must say…it was really and utterly disturbing…. And sick… and it makes me think — how can they think that is right and how can they just ignore it? This world is so cruel, and it gives me shivers to even think about all those parents who gave their children up.

If this didn't depress you so much let me add that this book had view spoiler [ HEA hide spoiler ] ending. Fifteen-year-old Connor's parents can no longer control him. He is a typical, bad boy type, problematic, but in the end — his parents decided to get him unwound. When he accidentally found the signed contract for unwinding — he became as good as possible to try to make them see what they had done. But when the time comes, he is forced to escape.

And, by doing so, caused an accident that killed a bus driver, left dozens of others injured. And then, he took a hostage AND shot a Juvey-cop with his own tranq gun. But Conner always knew he had three. Fight, Flight, and Screw Up Royally. There was one part of the book with him which made me cry my eyes out. Do I look feeble to you? She plays piano - she is quite good actually, but it was not enough and she is forced to escape as well.

It became his religion - his faith - that God had chosen him to help other people. Tithes can choose when they wish to be unwound - and they all do it mindlessly. Lev is one of those and when Connor and Lisa kidnap him, he makes their lives living hell - until he understands what it's like to be normal. There are many, many characters in this book: I wish to talk about all of them but it would take whole review so i'm skipping it: Is it really worth it all???

The ending was amazing and fantastic — and the sequel is even better having read it before. D it's going to be such horror: D This review can be found on my blog: Feb 03, Kate rated it did not like it. Thanks to a medical procedure known as "neurografting," colloquially called unwinding, every harvested organ and body part of a teenager can be used on another person's body. Stealing kiddies' fingers and brains is a whole industry.

Few believe it's wrong. Some don't even believe it's death. Unwind is the story of three teenagers who have been signed up for unwinding by parents or guardians. Through t Thanks to a medical procedure known as "neurografting," colloquially called unwinding, every harvested organ and body part of a teenager can be used on another person's body. Through the will to survive—or sometimes thanks to blind luck—these three soon-to-be-unwound teens find themselves on the run.

The "Abortion Debate," if It Made Even Less Sense When I first came across the summary for Unwind , I thought it sounded like it would be awful, but I couldn't ignore that it had maintained a star rating of four out of five with 7, ratings on Goodreads nearly five years later, that's exploded to more than , ratings.

That left me wondering if the hive mind knew something I didn't about this young adult book. So, I set out to give it a try. In the first few pages, readers come across this: However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively "abort" a child on the condition that the child's life doesn't "technically" end.

One hopes there's almost no need to point out how illogical this premise is, but I'll do so anyway. If someone considers the former murder, then he or she will most certainly consider the latter murder, too. This isn't a "grey area," like the death penalty, euthanasia, or some would say abortion.

There is a reason the term's pro-choice. I don't know of any pro-choice individuals who would think a teenager isn't a thinking, feeling, fully-alive human being capable of making choices for herself. This isn't a fetus we're talking about.

And this is exactly why abortion rights activists fight for teenagers to have access to safe, legal reproductive care without hovering, cloistering, occasionally deeply conservative parental consent. It would take years, perhaps even decades or centuries, of careful, subtle brainwashing to get everyone on board with this concept.

And so there's the truth of it: Beyond its political agenda, Unwind also happens to be poorly written. The characters are stereotypical, the narrative is choppy, and the plot doesn't make sense within the context of Shusterman's own creation. Clashing with Today's Science All lovers of speculative fiction know that the unbelievable can be made believable by a good writer.

Belief in this is one of the reasons I kept trying and wanting to like Unwind. It just takes the proper balance of realism and "magic. After all, a major inspiration for this story was a horrible, creepy report of a Ukrainian stem cell scandal.

And he repeatedly tries to tie in other real-world examples that may be loosely—usually very loosely—related to his idea. Unfortunately, Shusterman's efforts to ground Unwind fall flat for reasons far beyond highly questionable foundations and plot holes. They fall flat because they go against the medical science that exists today in American society—yes, even with its broken healthcare system and shady insurers.

If Unwind 's premise isn't realistic for the next five years, you'll have trouble convincing me that this story's premise can be a reality any time soon. Although, interestingly, Shusterman never specifically dates his story.

For example, a war has passed, and there are "antique" plasma TVs and MP3 players, but the mobile phones aren't smartphones. Unwind was published in , when stem cell research was already widely portrayed in news articles as a revolutionary solution to numerous ailments. We can grow windpipes and urethras using one's own stem cells. We can even "spray" new " skin " onto burn victims.

Those are the stories we should tell teens: In reading Unwind , I get the impression Shusterman didn't research current advancements much, if at all. His projections for the future would be significantly different and more logical if he had. I think, instead, he looked for—and poorly based Unwind on—the horror stories, of which there most certainly are some if you go in search of them. There always are and will be. At the risk of making him guilty for his associations, I can't say I'm surprised a former Goosebumps and Animorphs writer would do such a thing.

Is it any wonder the book takes a pseudoscientific, spiritualistic, paranormal approach to all this? I feel that way about Unwind when it comes to adults reading it—many of whom, I should note, disagree with me about this book having an anti-abortion message. I'm going to continue to say they're wrong about that, though.

Shusterman's novel, when considered for young readers, seems insidious to me. It feels a little too much like conservative propaganda. Add to this that many reviews on Goodreads, by teens and adults alike, proclaim Unwind 's premise is something that "could really happen" in the near future, and Shusterman is a tiny part of a much larger scientific illiteracy in our culture that embraces straw men in arguments.

Gift this one to teens with caution. The rest of the series will almost certainly be more, not less, political. View all 10 comments.

Jun 08, Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 33 comments. Mar 06, Candace Robinson added it.

This was super fast paced with likable characters! This dystopian world is one of the creepiest I have read! I received a copy of this book from a Quarterly Literary Box https: Full review on my blog https: Aug 26, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: It takes twelve surgeons, in teams of two, rotating in and out as their medical specialty is needed.

It takes nine surgical assistants and four nurses. It takes three hours. Risa is a ward of the state who no longer has a place in the system. Unwind is the story of how unfortunate coincidence leads to Connor, Risa and Lev meeting and their attempt to save themselves from certain fate. Rissa is definitely no shrinking violet. It ought to be a Bonnie-and-Clyde kind of thing. The rumor mill is definitely sexist. The best part of all about the characters? Unwind is all about surviving. As for the unwinding itself?

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.

Like I said, Unwind blew me away and gets all the stars. View all 8 comments. Reto 5 Pop Sugar Muy, pero muy recomendable. Aug 10, Angela rated it really liked it. If you have read or follow me on anything then you know I have a terrible fear of having my organs harvested It has taken me a very long time to build up the nerve to talk about this book.

It really freaked me out that much. The concept of Unwinding is truly terrifying. It's not like you went to the dmv and checked the organ donor box thinking " yeah Ill give my organs up, I'll be dead what do I care what happens to them " No, this is about having them taken while you're If you have read or follow me on anything then you know I have a terrible fear of having my organs harvested No, this is about having them taken while you're still awake, alive, and having no say in it.

Unwind, or as I like to call it "Why I'm not an organ donor" is just so different. I don't think there's any other way or word to use to describe it. I love controversial books or books with controversial topics and this is one. This book is about the battle between two groups the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. The two groups reach a compromise called "The Bill of Life" that states that nothing about a child can be decided until they reach the age of thirteen, and at which the child's parents can put the child up to be "unwound".

People don't consider it dying because the child will still be "alive" just in divided state. This book follows three kids. Two who decide they don't want to be sold in pieces and one who was raised to think that being a sacrificial lamb is okay. Connor and Risa decide to continue the plan of escaping and basically have to underground railroad themselves to find safety.

Lev has plans of his own; aka wanting to return to the camp and fulfill the tasks he's been brought up to face. Their journey is neither predictable or easy.

He's parents basically just gave up on him. Instead of trying to help him out and do what parents are suppose to do they figure they'll cut their loses and just get rid of the problem.

I could never do what they choose to do to him, and his story had my heartbreaking. Risa is so musically talented but since she's not top of the class the state has decided not to "waste" anymore time on her. Since she doesn't have any parents she has even less say in what happens to her. Lev was born to be unwound. His parents are basically obsessed with their imagine.

He is one of several children in his family. Some of his brothers and sisters aren't even blood related they were just storked to the family.

I'll get to the whole stork thing in a minute. As part of their image they have him just to " give back to the world ". They even throw him a big, lets just call it a going away party , to say their goodbyes. Now to the stroking thing. You know how people can leave their babies at police and fire station and its not against the law, well in this world it is What's not legally is leaving your baby on someone porch.

Once you've been storked you have to keep that child. That just adds to the twisted and sickening plot of this book.. The reason I didn't give this book a higher review despite the description I've given so far is because at some point in the middle the book the plot gets a little mucky. The characters tend to spend a good amount of time just talking, and not about anything relevant just things. Also the introduction of like a million characters wasn't to thrilling to me either.

Then it like dips to this bizzaro kind of murder mystery thing Yeah I don't really know what to say about the thrown together mid-plot, BUT it does pick back up closer to the end.

Once you get past the WTH did I just read section the story will have you returning to the edge of your seat. There are two scenes in this book that stand out above the rest. One is a scene were the kids write letters to their parents while in hiding. It had me a little teary. The other scene is what I've seen other people describe as the " WTF scene " or "that one scene" It's the scene that will give you nightmares for months speaking from personal experience.

It's not only the craziest scene in the book it's also the hardest to explain. There was nothing explicit, nothing overly descriptive, but by the way it is narrated it's, it's just … horrifying. It made my skin crawl and my jaw drop. Just to give a little tease , someone in the story get unwound and the scene describes what happens to them and what their brain goings through while the procedure is happening.

I still can't even wrap my brain around how well the author used so little words and made such an impact. I had to release the breath I didn't realize I was holding after reading it only ya fans will get that one. This book had me thinking about so many things I really do just push into the back of my mind. Was this book my favorite, no, it wasn't. But it did leave a lasting impression.

Unwind is unforgettable, and thrilling. I don't know where Neal Shusterman came up with the idea for this book, and I'm not sure I want to. Even with it not being one of my favs it will definitely always be a book on my recommend list. Btw You could probably make this review a drinking game.

Read this review and others on our blog: View all 3 comments. View all 26 comments. It's been eight years since I read this book for the first time damn, that makes me feel old.

In my original review, I stated that this story would "haunt me forever," and I was definitely right about that. Even after all these years, there were a lot of scenes that I still remembered vividly. But there were also many details I'd forgotten. And there were also a lot of powerful themes that I think went over my head when I was younger, so I'm glad I decided to re-read it.

Al Finished my re-read! Also, while I read and enjoyed the second book, I never got around to reading the third and fourth books in the series——so I'm hoping to do that once I re-read the first two books.

New review coming soon! Old review under the cut. To put it simply, I loved this book! I loved everything about it, from the distinctive characters to the compelling plot. I typically don't like these "futuristic society" books, but this one was different with its unique idea: The writing style is simple, but the concepts are really deep.

Not only is it a good adventure story, but it really makes the reader think about what life means. Reading about all these kids going to such desperate measures to stay alive is heart-wrenching, and I found myself feeling emotionally attached to some of the characters as if I knew them. Thrilling, disturbing, and unforgettable, the story of Unwind will definitely haunt me forever.

Oct 03, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a horrible, horrible dystopian vision Neal Shusterman presents us with in Unwind! A horrible vision which I found utterly unrealistic in the beginning. After a while, though, I started thinking and considering our history and what people already did let happen, as well as the gruesome things that are still happenin What a horrible, horrible dystopian vision Neal Shusterman presents us with in Unwind! Just look at all those child slaves working on coffee plantations in Africa or what happened during the Third Reich.

In view of those facts, can I really put it past mankind to do such a horrible thing? However, I probably would have found the whole scenario more believable if Unwinding had in fact been more or less common, but still illegal. You could probably argue that Connor believed his parents would never ever do such a thing but still, I found this a tad bit unbelievable. The explanation for the unwinding was also something I found a little unsatisfactory.

We thought it would shock both sides into seeing reason — that they would stare at each other across the table and someone would blink. The choice to terminate without ending life — it satisfied the needs of both sides.

The Bill of Life was signed, the Unwind Accord went into effect, and the war was over. If more people had been organ donors, Unwinding never would have happened We even got short chapters from the POV of random people like a teacher or a guard at a harvest camp and everybody who has read the book will agree with me when I say that at one point, I was immensely happy about that.

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Unwind By Neal Shusterman Year Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Reprint Edition. Henkel and Waite, BYU, Page 2 Brief Plot Summary: Unwind tells of the near future where the process of unwinding has been accepted as an alternative to abortion. It occurs after the Second Civil War. Neal Shusterman's novel 'Unwind' is set in a dystopian society permitting parents to donate their children's body parts. In this lesson, we will go.