Top positive review
A unique idea for a story
14 April 2013
I read 'Unwind' very quickly; it is easy to get absorbed into Neal Shusterman's unique world and the book is a definite page turner.
Though there isn't strictly a main character (as the book is told from various viewpoints) Connor is the child who one connects with first, and so for me, he is the main character. I always enjoyed returning to Connor's sections, though I welcomed seeing events from different point of views. I feel that it helped to move the plot forward and kept me reading for even longer!
So what is being 'unwound'? It means having your body chopped up in a harvest camp and your various body parts get divided up and given to people who need them. Technically it is not dieing, because individual body parts live on. Instead of finding cures, people just simply receive a new body part or organ. Parents can send their children (possibly unknown to them) to be unwound from ages 13-18.
Of course, for most children (including Connor and Risa) this is a terrifying thought. This is why Lev is perhaps the most unusual character in the book. At the start, Lev actually welcomes the thought of being unwound because he has been preparing throughout his life for this very moment. He is a tithe, whose parents had him specifically to be unwound (to give something back to God). It's an interesting, and somewhat believable, idea. I particularly liked comparing Lev's thoughts to the other characters because they were just so different!
Here are some of the main reasons why you should read this book:
> It has a great and let's be honest, HORRIFIC, plot
> Reading from different POVs is interesting
> There's lots of action throughout
> It's extremely well written, especially to give the perspective of such different characters
> There's some romance (though this is more of an underlying theme)
> One of the characters gets unwound and you get to read it from their perspective, step by step!
> It has a dramatic, yet pleasing ending
Defintely worth 4 stars, now for book 2...