Unwind {Book Review}

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Unwind» Written by Neal Shusterman

» 335 pages

» Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 6th, 2007


Synopsis 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.

My Rating

4 stars

My Thoughts

Unwind was one of those books I just could not put down. I kept the book on me so I could sneak a few pages every chance I got and I flew through it!

The plot of Unwind was really interesting. This book was very unpredictable, which I liked! It took turns that I really did not expect. The main story was creative and gripping, and I also thought the side plots were really strong additions to the book.

The characters of Unwind were also quite strong. Each of the character’s thoughts made sense and I could get a feel for the personality of every character. I also absolutely loved that most of the characters were morally gray. There was no clear right or wrong, and I thought every character was both a hero and a villain, it just depended on the part of the book! At some points, I hated a character, and at other points I loved them! I don’t see a lot of this in YA, and I was really glad it was part of Unwind.

I love multiple POV books, and I feel Unwind did a great job with this format. I really enjoyed reading the chapters that were from the point of view of a small character that readers only met once or twice. Having chapters that weren’t from the perspective of the main characters gave me a more holistic view of the story. It is not often that readers see all sides of the story, but I love when we do!

The only problem I had with Unwind was the writing style. A lot of it seemed clunky and awkward and it sometimes got repetitive, with the same word appearing multiple times in one paragraph. The plot was thrilling enough that the issues I had with the writing weren’t too bothersome, but I would prefer if they weren’t there at all!

Overall, I would recommend Unwind to anyone looking for a really great science fiction story, or anyone who likes multiple POV novels!

Have you read Unwind? What did you think?

Love, Darby

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4 thoughts on “Unwind {Book Review}

  1. Jamie says:

    I have not had the chance to read this book yet but I’ve seen it mentioned on reddit and some book blogs, I’ll definitely add it to my TBR to check out. Thanks for the review!

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