BOOK REVIEW: Unwind – by Neal Shusterman

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Title: Unwind
(Unwind Dystology #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: November 6th 2007
Finished reading: May 12th 2015
Pages: 335
Rating 4,5

“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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I added Unwind to my wishlist on a whim last year and I’m glad I did, because I ended up really enjoying this read. Sure, it took me some time to get used to this dystopian world and the idea of teenagers being forced to ‘unwind’ is in a way macaber. But I like the idea behind the world Connor, Risa and Lev are forced to live in and what it stands for. Neal Shusterman forces you to think about life and what it’s worth; would it really be possible and above all legal to give away your own children with the knowledge they soon won’t be existing anymore? Can it be true that when all parts of a teenager’s body are reused their soul will continue to exist? Unwind is not just another dystopian novel. The prose, characters and worldbuilding are very convincing, and I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy a good dystopian story without the sometimes annoying sappy romance scenes.

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After the Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights, the governments have decided to solve the problem in a very special way. Abortions are no longer legal and the life of all children is garantueed from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. Unwanted babies can be given away by their mothers and have to be cared for by those who find it… But between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, children are no longer safe. When they are not following rules or a burden in general, it can be decided to have them ‘unwound’. Each and every part of the child will be transplanted into different donors, so that their life technically doesn’t end… But not everybody sees it that way.

Connor is a troublemaker and his parents don’t know what to do with him. He used to be their only child until his stepbrother was found on their doorstep… His parents decide to have Connor unwound, choosing his brother over their own blood. But Connor doesn’t plan on ending up being cut into pieces, and he decides to escape. Soon he finds himself running with two other teenagers. Risa is a ward of state that wasn’t talented enough to be worth keeping alive, but Lev is a whole different story. He is a tithe, conceived and raise to be unwound. But all that matters now is escaping the autorities and try to survive…

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I wasn’t too sure if I would like Unwind, but I ended up really enjoying this read. The fact that there aren’t a lot of romance scenes is refreshing, since most YA dystopian books I’ve read lately have been packed with it. The prose and fast pace made me finish this read quickly, and I will definitely continue this series soon. A copy of Unwholly is already waiting on my shelf!

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WWW Wednesdays #39 – May 13th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

Idonttellmummyfallingintoplace started reading both Falling Into Places by Amy Zhang and Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire yesterday. The first was a TBR jar pick, and unfortunately I’m having a hard time warming up to this story… I’m not liking the main characters at all so far. The second book is a very well written memoir I have a feeling will turn out to be heartbreaking…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

unwindangelfallI’m participating in the Bout Of Books read-a-thon so I’m trying to read as much as possible. I loved the first two books of this read-a-thon; I finished Unwind by Neal Shusterman yesterday and it was definitely a strong read. I will be getting a copy of the sequel soon… Angelfall I was able to finish on Monday and I instantly became a Penryn and Raffe fan. I need to read the sequel by Susan Ee ASAP!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

worldaftertreasureislandLike I said above, I really want to know what becomes of Raffe and Penryn! Since I have a copy of World After on my shelf, I will probably forget about my read-a-thon TBR and pick up this sequel next. Either that or Treasure Island, a classic pirate story written by Robert Louis Stevenson that I can use for my Bookish Bingo challenge… (Also not on my Bout Of Books TBR; oops!)

Bout Of Books 13 – Day 1 Update

BoB13-200x200The Bout Of Books 13 read-a-thon started yesterday! 😀 I decided to continue Angelfall by Susan Ee first; I was at 16% on Monday morning and against all odds I was actually able to finish it in one day. I even started by second book, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, as well during the evening, so I guess this first day of the read-a-thon turned out to be a success. Yay!

  • DAY 1: MONDAY MAY 11th

angelfallunwind# Pages read today: 274 (Angelfall) + 20 (Unwind)
# Total pages read: 294
# Book started: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
# Book continued: Angelfall by Susan Ee
# Books finished: Angelfall by Susan Ee

 

Happy reading! 😀

Teaser Tuesdays #42 – May 12th: Unwind

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve just started reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman. I have been wanting to read this one for a while now and I’m glad I’m finally getting to it. The blurb sure sounds promising! It’s one of the books I have on my Bout Of Books 13 TBR, so hopefully I will able to finish this one quickly…

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My teaser (60%):

“Connor never considered himself mechanically capable, but there are few things he can stand less than a bunch of morons standing around looking at something that doesn’t work and wondering who’s going to fix it. During that first week, while Risa’s off learning how to be an exceptionally good fake doctor, Connor decides to figure out the workings of a fried air-conditioning unit, then find replacement parts from one of the junk piles and get it working again.”

 

What are you reading right now?

Friday Finds #19 – December 26th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during, in this case, the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I haven’t had much time to read, blog or browse books during the last two weeks since I was busy giving our home a new coat of paint… I’ll post some pics of the result soon; the blue walls look awesome. 😀

My finds:

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