Book Blog - UNWIND by Neal Shusterman

For this Book Blog, I read UNWIND by Neal Shusterman. This tale takes a trip through the country in a not-too-distant future. From the author’s website:

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

Chilling description, huh?

UNWIND has been nominated for (and won) a ton of awards and has been placed on several lists, including ALA’s Top Ten Picks for Reluctant Readers – which speaks volumes to how exciting and accessible this book is. 


My classes voted to read this book together last year and really enjoyed it. It sparked some great discussion on our e-board and ideas from the story still come up this year. What more can a teacher hope for? :)

Ooh, I'm adding this to the list. It seems a bit like THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX meets REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA with some of Garth's Nix's SHADE'S CHILDREN thrown in. (Though I haven't actually see Repo.)

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