Sunday, 4 September 2011


Imagine a world where abortion doesn't exist and even children born from unwanted pregnancies are found homes.

Imagine this same world is then in need of 'spare parts' for those who are injured or disabled in some way.

Imagine that a way is discovered that both these things can happen and that no lives need to be taken to do so.

Come to the world of Neal Shusterman's Unwind, where parents can sign their child's singular existence away, between the ages of 13 and 17. Such children are taken to harvest camps, where - when the demand arises, they are 'unwound' and broken off into smaller sections, to meet the need for body parts - hence remaining alive, if no longer in one form.

Join Connor, Risa and Lev, whose paths cross in escaping this fate, as they struggle against this 'not quite' death sentence and meet others along the way, some who would save them and others who would deliver them to their legal fate.

Unwind is a scary but entirely believable vision of what our world could be, if good intentions are blinded to true consequences. You can't help but relate to the main characters and what they are going through, supporting them all the way.

Escape, terrorism, havens and relationships all mix well together to make this an enthralling read.



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