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Nina @ Death Books and Tea

Female. 15. Book blogger. Whovian. Sherlocked. Zydrate addict. Goth. Multifandomed. Violinst. Tea drinker. Feminist. LGBT. Ravenclaw. Alive.

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Unwind - Neal Shusterman Review: first opinions: disturbing. In case you haven’t worked out from the blurb, Unwinding is basically taking apart a person and using pretty much every part of their body to cure someone elses ills. One way of thinking about it is organ donation, without the donor dying before. Oh, and the fact that that they can only be teenagers and don’t have to be willing. One way for a teen to get Unwound is the parents of the teen signing him off to get Unwound, like Connor’s parents. Another circumstance might be like Risa’s a child who has been relying on the state and her talents to stay alive, but is then told her talents aren’t enough and therefore they cannot afford to keep them fed and watered and therefore they must be unwound. Or they might be Tithes, like Lev, who were born and brought up to be Unwound when they’re old enough. The three teens mentioned above, through various means, escape their immediate fates and end up fighting the system, and trying to stay alive until eighteen, when they will be legally adults and immune to Unwinding.As I said, disturbing. The fact that a parent could legally allow their child to be taken apart, and do, is disturbing. And then there’s chapter 61, which takes us through the Unwinding of a child, I won’t say who, while he is still conscious (through part of it anyway). However disturbing it is, it also very good. Everything is left to your imagination, which I love.The concept for this dystopia is very good, original and interesting. It all had purpose, and was easy to understand why it came about and the background behind the world.The action is fast paced. It doesn’t slow down, even when the three of them aren’t on the move, there’s still something important that makes you want to read on.The characters all have strong personalities. They all seemed real, and you really felt like you wanted them all to survive, or not in Roland’s case.The writing style is good. Theres a lot of things that you read, and then re-read because you realise they have a deeper meaning than what you first thought. I wasn’t sure about the third person narrative to start with, but it worked well, and I liked the idea of naming each chapter after the character it focused on, which meant Shusterman could focus on minor characters as well.I like the way every little thing fits together at the end, such as the legend of Humphree Dunphee, and ****'s Unwinding. And the little snippets of things, such as a real news article and extracts from The Parent's Guide about Unwinding (or something along those lines) add a lot to it. Overall: Strength 5 tea- an amazing dystopian adventure. I can’t wait for the sequel.