Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman


Hello readers,

I am back. And this time I mean really back. Back at reading. Back at regular blogging. It is fall which is my favorite season of the year and it calls for creepy reads. Which makes today's review your perfect read for fall, especially for October.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a highly disturbing dystopian novel.
In this dystopian setting abortion is forbidden. Instead parents have the option to Unwind their children between the age of 13 and 18 which means they are free to give their children away as organ donors. They are transplanted into different donors and by that they theoretically do not die but continue to live in them.
Now children can get unwound for different reasons. We meet Connor, Risa and Lev. All three running from being unwound but all three have different stories. Whereas Connor was simply too difficult for his parents to be controlled, Risa is a ward of the state, not worth enough to be kept alive. Lev is a tithe, a child who was simply conceived to be unwound.
Will they make it?

Now just the synopsis of this book sounded incredible dark, but it only gave me half of the chills the actual book gave me. This is really highly disturbing, but also incredible philosophical and as I find something that should really be discussed and taken into consideration. Reflecting on how our own societies deal with the topic of organ donation.
Besides that I must honestly say that I struggled a bit with the books pacing. The end was fine but the rest of it was for me a bit weird. It didn't make it less enjoyable to read I just felt that it slowed me down.
Otherwise I can just say that I loved this and highly recommend it.
I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. And I hope to pick up the second book next year (as this years TBR is full).

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

See you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

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