Unwind by Neal Shusterman

February 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

After taking a young adult literature class I realized I like science fiction books! So now that I’m in charge of selecting young adult books at my library, I’m trying to read at least one YA book a week. So this week’s pick is Unwind which appealed as both a YA novel and a science fiction novel.

In the not too distant future, parents can decide to have their kids “unwound” and their body parts are given to those who need them. Three different kids, each an Unwind for a different reason are brought together when they go AWOL. This intense novel explores deep issues – including where life begins, where life ends, trust, suicide bombers, and love (it is a YA novel after all).

I was pulled in from the beginning and couldn’t put this book down. Just when I thought it was getting predictable the author served up another plot twist which kept me wondering (and reading) what would happen next. Also, I was pleased the novel didn’t have a dramatic, happy ending. The ending was satisfying, and fit with the story that was being told.

A great read. Very thought provoking. Would be good for discussion.

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