(Unwind Dystology #1)


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 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.


Eliana’s Opinion:

2 Stars

This novel came to me highly recommended and I was almost as disappointed as I was surprised that this book didn’t come close to meeting any of my expectations.

The characters weren’t fleshed out or given any substance. Their back-stories were never fully divulged and the characters’ development suffered because of it. The characters were there with the purpose of advancing the plot, nothing more. For all of Connor’s bad boy king of the playground attitude he was boring and showed no actual leadership skills. Not to mention the notorious reputation he had for fighting and breaking rules seemed largely over exaggerated. Risa was at least more intelligent and resourceful if once again boring and forgettable. Lev was a little unstable, his moods fluctuated dramatically, and yet I actually liked him best.

On top of that the plot felt very superficial and fast paced, there was very little foreshadowing or reasoning for some of the actions taken. The characters acted and the author tried to back it up with poorly explained motives that were a little empty in their reasoning. The plot moved very quickly with hardly anytime to understand the events that transpired and their importance. Plus the dangerous and horrific act that is unwinding was not given the proper amount of depth it deserved. This was probably due to the unreliable narration and the shallow nature of the characters.

Furthermore, the multiple points of view felt redundant and excessive. I don’t mind when the novel is split between several key characters but in this novel the point of view was divided amongst extremely minor characters as well. The author might as well have just stuck to an omniscient point of view and saved himself the trouble of having to separate the novel into short lived point of views. While this novel left me disappointed I was glad for the chance it gave me to dive back into the dystopian genre.


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