I was recommended this book by a friend of mine a few months ago and luckily she decided to lend it to me so I could try it out! I’ve heard of this author before and his Scythe series (I’ll start reading this soon!), but I had never read any of his books before I started Unwind. Here are my thoughts on it!
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA dystopia
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis: “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.”
I was a little nervous when I started this book, because I don’t read that much dystopian fiction and I wanted to like it since it was recommended to me by a friend. I was still feeling nervous after reading the first few chapters, because the writing style was quite different from what I am used to and the plot was already progressing so quickly. Within the first few pages, the adventure for the characters had begun, which isn’t something that I am used to happening in books. Not to say this is a bad thing, but it certainly took me by surprise.
The book continued to go at a fast pace as the plot progressed (which is crazy and amazing to think that the author was able to maintain this style of writing!). I began to be invested in knowing what would happen, though not necessarily because of the characters. I think that this author’s writing style is fantastic at worldbuilding, but not as in-depth when it comes to creating accessible characters. I felt immersed in the world of Unwind, but didn’t feel that connected to the characters themselves. I didn’t relate very well to them, which might partly just be because of who I am. I think the main points of this book are definitely highlighted through the events that occur rather than through the characters involved, yet I found that it still worked.
Now I think I should explain my rating. Something that I look for in books that definitely leads to my love for them is imaginative prose and loveable characters, which this book did slightly lack for me. That being said, this story brings up a lot of powerful ideas about humanity through the creepy concept of unwinding and I totally dig it when books make the reader think about something and feel touched after they finish. Basically, this book had good and bad elements for me, so I settled for a 3.5 rating. If you like dystopian novels or books that are philosophical, then I would recommend this for you!
Happy reading! Do you read dsytopian novels?