Friday 4 September 2009


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 through desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing all the while that their lives are hanging in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthdays, 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...

OMG! This book was an amazing read! But first, I gotta say that I absolutely love this cover. It's perfect and captures the plot in a very effective way. Very, very cool.

I had a great time reading this book and found myself so caught up in the story that I snuck in some reading whenever I could. And then kept reading. Lol. Seriously, the concept of this story -- which I first saw here -- grabbed my attention right away.

In a world where it is illegal to have an abortion, but legal to 'unwind' your child between the age of 13 and 18, we meet Connor, Risa and Lev. Each teen is in a different social situation but ultimately headed in the same direction. The ethics of a society that has things like unwinding, storking, tithing, clappers, and an endless supply of organs and limbs, are questioned with every step. What happens when someone is unwound? Do their souls remain because they're not really dead but spread out in bits now residing in others?

Like I said, fascinating. My attachment to Connor, Risa and Lev grew with every chapter. The book is actually split into their POV, as well as a few more to give you a large scope of what's going on. Their separate adventure, which continually merges, is one that I enjoyed. Even if there were some very horrible and uncomfortable scenes.

Neal Shusterman has a wicked and brilliant imagination. This idea totally rocks as much as the execution. And now, I need to see what other books he's got out there.

If you're into futuristic tales, you can't go past this absorbing story. Brilliant!


Debra Moore said...

Where do you find all these great books??? Can't wait to read that one!

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Hey Deb! I visit too many websites. Lol. Finding great books like this one gets me into trouble a lot. :D

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