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by Neal Shusterman
From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 7 Up—Set in the future, the second civil
war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached
that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called
"unwinding." Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can
choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part
of their bodies harvested to be "donated" to another person so,
technically, they don't really die. The complex and compelling plot
follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on
their way to the harvest camps. Fifteen-year-old Connor's parents can no
longer control him. Lev, a tithe, was raised by religious parents for
the sole purpose of being unwound. Risa, a ward of the state, is a
victim of shrinking budgets since she is not a talented enough musician
to be kept alive. Neal Shusterman's engrossing novel (S & S, 2007)
is narrated in an even cadence and matter-of-fact tone that suits the
author's straightforward narrative style. His wide array of voices makes
the involved story line, which is left wide open for what is sure to be
an interesting sequel, easy to follow. This gripping, thought-provoking
novel is guaranteed to lead to interesting discussions about abortion,
adoption, organ donation, religion, politics, and health care.—
Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ
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