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Friday, September 24, 2010

Unwind by Neal Shusterman - An 2011 Abe List Nominee

UnwindImagine what could be our culture where there has been a war between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice supports. The treaty to end the conflict is called the Bill of Life. 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, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively 'abort' a child... ...on condition that the child's life doesn't ‘technically' end. The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called 'unwinding.'

Three teens find out that they are to be unwound. Conner's parents want to get rid of him as he's a troublemaker. Risa is a ward of the state and is being unwound to cut state costs. Lev is a tithe as part of his parent's strict religion. The three meet and together decide to take a stand. They fight to make it till their eighteenth birthday. What they all learn on this terrifying journey will grasp the reader’s attention and hold it to the very last page.

Chilling and spellbinding, Shusterman’s Unwind causes the reader to think what it truly means to be alive.


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