After my daughter spent a weekend reading the book on the sofa, I decided that Unwind by Neil Shusterman might be a novel I could enjoy – especially after reading the blurb. The novel centres around three teenagers (Connor, Risa, and Lev) who are running for their lives. They run because they do not want to be “unwound”, a process whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different recipients.This process is legal and came into being after the Second Civil War which was fought over reproductive rights.
This dystopian novel grabbed my interest from the first page. My teaser comes from the first section of the book and refers to Risa’s experience:
“And in this choas, Risa has a sudden realisation.
This is not part of the plan.
The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don’t have a plan of action for dealing with an accident. For the next few seconds, all bets are off.
Risa fixes her eyes on the front door of the bus, holds her breath, and races towards that door.” (p27, Simon & Shuster, 2007)
This read was as good as my daughter claimed it would be. The author captured my interest from the first page – and kept it right until the final paragraph. This is a must-read if you enjoy dystopian novels, or anything that will keep you gnawing on your fingernails. If you have a reluctant teen reader – then this book will certainly keep them engrossed!
Now I am reading the second novel in the series – and I wish I could put my feet up and immerse myself in Shusterman’s world.
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)