Monday, November 21, 2011

Review #92: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Oh, hey there! We have to keep running into each other like this. Sorry, thought that was appropriate due to the deluge of posts tonight lol. Anyway, have yet another book review for ya, lets get cracking :).

Another book that gets the Goodreads description treatment:

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 age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the 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 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 survive.

..................................WOW. Just WOW. Not gonna lie, I almost gave up on this one. Thank god I did not. Because wow, this book has quickly become an all time favorite of mine. It just blew me away. The story, the pacing, the concept behind the dystopia, everything. This book not only is great to read, but stays with you, really making you think. That ending was just wonderful, satisfying. Side note, I found out this will be a trilogy, and I just really hope that the second book is just as good. Man, you really become addicted to this, not wanting for a second to stop reading. 

The three main characters: Connor, Risa and Lev are wonderful and so fascinating. They come from different walks of life, yet due to their circumstances come together and go on this journey that changes their lives. I loved the different points of view, even if they were in 3rd person present tense. Each kid went through such intense journeys, especially Lev. Oh boy, Lev's journey was a wild effing ride. I also loved how you become attached to these characters because of who they are, and want to see how they turn out in the end. Plus, the smattering of romance that was there didn't overtake the novel, which was amazing. 

Oh man, does Neal Shusterman know how to write. I mean it, the guy is crazy freaking talented. He builds this world so fully, making you believe that it exists. He also takes a controversial issue, abortion, and poses questions under the guise of a kick-ass dystopian novel that make you think. I don't read many books by male authors often, but the ones I have read, whew, are fantastic. Keep on being amazing, Neal Shusterman! I just hope you make the second Unwind book just as good, if not better than this one. 

The next post is coming in a few minutes. Hope y'all aren't sick of all these posts lol. 

Until next time, viva la literature!

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