May 2

Book Review – Unwind by Neal Shusterman

May 2, 2015

From Goodreads:
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. 

I had heard great things about this book, and I was just curious to check it out. Here are my thoughts:

On the Plus Side:

  • I loved the concept of this book – what could happen when the pro life vs. pro choice debate comes to a head. Shusterman developed his concept extremely well, and I think he forces you to think about the possible ramifications of the beliefs you hold.
  • The characters are very well developed. You definitely have a sense of the people they are, and you root for them to overcome the odds they are facing.
  • I was drawn into the different settings that Shusterman utilizes to further his plot. He is very creative, and you will encounter locations you wouldn’t imagine.
  • I listened to the audio version of this book. I enjoyed the narrator, who did an excellent job of portraying the different voices and personalities of the characters as well as emoting the overall tone of each section of the story.

On the Minus Side:

  • There were a few times when the pacing slowed, and I felt myself having a harder time staying engaged with the story. This could also be due to the fact that I am far more visual than auditory, and I was listening to an audio version of the book.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. I think it will appeal to a wide range of readers, and I love how it makes you think. I plan to read the next book in the series soon!

What did you think of Unwind? Have you read any of the other books in the series?

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Posted May 2, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review


  1. By regina on

    My nonreading son read this for high school summer reading assignment, and he actually liked it.

  2. By Missie on

    I think I have a hard time with slowness more in audiobooks too – I can just easily let my mind drift and then realize I missed the last 15 minutes or something!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      I have recently become a huge Shusterman fan. Unwind had such a unique spin to it, and I am still talking about Challenger Deep. I saw you met him at Anderson’s – I so wanted to go, but had my book club with another author that night! I hope to catch him again sometime soon!


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