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Monday, October 17, 2011

Unwind

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwind by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! I was sucked into Unwind and didn't want to put it down.

Set in the future, the resolution to our Second Civil War is "The Bill of Life". It "states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively 'abort' a child . . . on the condition that the child's life doesn't 'technically' end." Every part of the child becomes part of a donor pool.

What a horrible concept! I can't even imagine how it would feel to have your parents sign the order to have you unwound. Sorry kid-we just can't handle you anymore, so we're washing our hands of you. Hopefully the many others who get pieces of you will use them better than you did.

Ack!

At least many kids don't just take their fate. They run away, and some even fight the system!