GEPL Teens: Teens Review – Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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Book Title: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Description: 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. (Description from

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a book that will make you feel chills down your spine. There are two teenage boys, Lev and Connor and a teenage girl, Risa. Connor is a really hot-headed boy but starts to change throughout the book. Lev thinks he’s going to be tithe, which is a donation to the church. Risa has been sent to be “unwound” because teachers and the school thinks her potential is done and she is no longer needed in their society.   Risa is also an orphan. They’re all being sent to a harvest camp to be have their body parts taken apart while the teens are alive (“unwinding”). After these body parts are taken apart, they’re given to other people. Everything from their arms, brains, toes, fingers, eyes, and legs can be taken from them. These teens can be sent to be unwound because people can think the kid is not needed anymore. They can also be sent for tithes and behavioral issues.

Unwind has something for everyone. There’s a little bit of love and romance between the characters. This love grows as the book goes on and the teens face more struggles together. Characters in the book show true friendship in a couple scenarios, and show forgiveness. The story has a steady pace and keeps moving at an interesting rate. It is own world with a dystopian society and will keep you reading every second of the day. While reading this book you’ll be questioning about this type of world, and it’s almost terrifying to be thrown into their world while reading this book. Somewhere where you couldn’t imagine, but Neal Shusterman makes it real by painting a world like this for his readers.  I would really recommend this book because it will keep you on your feet.


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