So, you've read the blurb on the back of the book and one or two other reviews and you're asking yourself, `Should I buy this book?'
Well I suppose the answer is `Yes! Yes, you should'.
But before you rush off, money in hand, there ARE a couple of things that you need to know:-
Firstly, this book is written in the present tense. For those of you who have had a bad experience with Vernon God Little I could understand if you're more than a little put off by reading another such style of book. But to discard Unwind for that reason is to do yourself a disservice as there's little of Vernon's attitude here.
Sure the author has to do some grammatical gymnastics in order to try and pull it off and yes, it's fair to say that he struggles to make it work. Frankly, whoever advised him to write in the present tense should be sacked as although it doesn't ruin the whole experience, it does relegate an outstanding read down to `just-a-good-book'.
What's good is that although the current events in the book may seem a little implausible for us in our time, the author weaves a brief but very believable explanation into the story. The kids are equally believable if not a little cooler and less desperate than I would have been in their shoes.
Sometimes funny and often disturbing, Unwind is an original story that also throws up some philosophical questions i.e. if you had an horrific injury, would you accept body parts from a healthy living person who was taken apart in order to rebuild you? And also as the person being unwound, how does your soul live on? - Despite your body existing on or in thirty or so different people (brain parts included).
A fortnight after reading this book, not a day goes by without me thinking about it. Although a settled family man now, I probably would have been unwound aged 16 were I living in Connor's and Risa's time.
.......How about you?