Friday, June 19, 2015

Unwind Dystology

By: Neal Shusterman
Location: FIC SHU

Genre: Dystopia, Apocalyptic 

Series: 4 titles in the series

 -  #1 Unwind. #2 Unwholly. #3Unsouled and #4 Undivided


Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice. When does life start? It even makes you think about your views on life. So many of us are pro-life, but only think about it in terms of abortion. This book reinforces (what should be a widely held belief) that all lives are valuable. This includes the unborn child and the prisoner on death row.

 Three thrilling books in Neal Shusterman’s New York Times bestselling Unwind trilogy, together in our library. After the Second Civil War, the Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, a loophole allows parents to retroactively get rid of a teenager through a process called “unwinding.”

Three teens defy the system and run away from their unwinding: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Connor, Risa, and Lev have to work together to survive.

This riveting trilogy,  VOYA calls “smart, intense, and thought provoking,”

Unwind is about post civil war United States. The war was called the Heartland War which was between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice parties. This war had no end in sight, so as a compromise to end  it, both parties agreed to the Unwind Accord in the Bill of Life.  This Accord stated that when you conceived a child, you were not allowed to abort the pregnancy or do anything to your child until they turn 13 years oldd. If you had a child and didn’t want it, you could “stork” the child. That means you could leave the child on someone’s front porch and when that person saw that child, the child was legally theirs now. However, once the child reached 13 years in age up to 18, the parent/legal guardian could have a child “unwound.” Being unwound meant you went a “harvest camp” where your ALL your body parts were harvested to be used for other people. It’s pretty much a big organ transplant. The difference is, you don’t really die. The child is awake for the whole procedure which started from their feet and works up to their heads, but they can’t feel anything. By having them stay awake,  part of their soul goes with that body part. So this way, no one ever really dies. Abortion is not happening. Children are living even if it is through just body parts. Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers are happy. But is this really the best solution?

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