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The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.


I have had this book on my radar for quite some time now. I have to say I hate it when books compare themselves to another popular book. This book came out before The Hunger Games yet it very blatantly mentions the popular book. I think Unwind is a good book in its own right- it shouldn’t have to be compared.

Unwind is set in a world where children between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can be legally signed over by their parents or guardians to be Unwound.This means they can be put through something called a harvest camp where their tissues, organs and blood can be taken by others. In this world abortion is illegal. However, if someone doesn’t want their child, they can leave the child on someone else’s doorstep thus giving the home-owner legal responsibility.

The characters are intriguing with varying backgrounds. Connor is a ‘problem child’. Instead of dealing with Connor’s problems they decide to get him Unwound. Risa is a ward of the State, but the State need more beds for children that can’t be legally unwound yet. Lev is slightly different to Connor and Risa because he is a Tithe. This means he was conceived to be Unwound in order to serve God and his community.

I thought the world in Unwind was terrifying. I’m used to a world where adults in the main part take care for the children in their care. In this book, the children were left to fend for themselves. They were someone else’s problem. Unwind took a while to get going, but once it did it was exciting and scary at the same time.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

Unwind is an interesting start to a series in which the world is terrifying! 

2 thoughts on “Unwind

  1. Wow, sounds like such an interesting plot. Definitely intrigued. I agree with you though, any book that’s even remotely within the realm of the Hunger Games genre is immediately compared to the Hunger Games and that drives me crazy. I’m glad this book as strong enough to stand on its own.
    – ashley

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