Saturday 28 March 2015

THE UNIT by Ninni Holmqvist

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very powerful story set in a dystopian world where older people without children are forced out of society and into the Second Reserve Bank Unit. Women over the age of fifty and men over sixty who don't have families or jobs that aid the community are locked away and exposed to psychological testing as well as organ donors.

Dorrit Weger loses her house and her beloved dog when she's taken to the Unit. A facility that offers a fully furnished apartment, free meals, free clothes, the use of many recreational facilities, and even a new social life. She quickly makes friends, but is soon introduced to the seriousness of her new existence when she loses a friend pretty early on.

Still, she lives a peaceful life with her friends and doesn't mind taking part in tests that reveal just how healthy she is. It's amazing how quietly these poor people accept that their lives are eventually going to end so they can serve other younger, more needed people.

Wow. This book was really moving. It was disturbing, shocking and so well written that I was hooked. Dorrit's story is a very sad one, and the world she lives in is even sadder. Still, I loved this book!

I felt so bad for all of them. :(

You know, the biggest tragedy of this story is that Dorrit finds love and a real relationship for the first time in her life. But it's just too late.

The ending was heartbreaking, btw.

No comments:

Favorites More