Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In the future, things are different. Abortion is forbidden by law; instead, the constitutional amendment called "The Bill of Life" allows parents to choose retroactive abortion for children between the ages of 13 and 18. It's not really murder, insists the law: "unwound" children continue to live...in a divided state.

When Connor accidentally discovers his unwind order, he runs away. While trying to escape, he joins forces with Risa, an orphan ordered for unwinding due to governmental budget cuts in her institution, and Lev, a boy marked from birth as a religious "tithe unwind" given to society.

What will happen when the harvesters catch up to them?

Only Neal Shusterman could successfully interweave issues like abortion, terrorism, suicide bombers, religious obligations with a suspenseful survival story. The story works...powerfully.

Recommended for readers ages 12 and up. No cussing or kissing. The premise of the story may disturb sensitive readers. An excellent choice for book group discussions.
This book has been nominated for the 2009 Evergreen Award, which is decided by readers in grades 7-12. Participants must read 2 or more nominated books and vote for the best. The list of 2010 nominated books is found online: https://webmail.kcls.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://webmail.kcls.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://webmail.kcls.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.kcls.org/evergreen/nominees/index.cfm

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