review: unwind


I REALLY enjoyed reading Unwind, it's one of my favourite YA dystopian books I've read(it might even top The Hunger Games if the series is consistent). Im rating the first book 4.6 out of 5!

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.


"We move in and out of darkness and light all our lives."

This book felt horrifyingly realistic. It made me think about so many questions about morality and evil and justice. Sometimes they aren't just black and white, and in Unwind there's so much of it overlapping each other that you start to begin to understand the things that opposes your beliefs.

The plot was continuously fast paced up until the end, with quite a few twists and shocking discoveries. The world set-up wasn't all explained right away, and that was also one of the things that gripped me into the story because i really wanted to know how the whole unwinding system works. It was strangely creepy to realize that the world in Unwind isn't that far off from our own world. The only difference would be that in that world, the whole abortion debate with the life vs choice issue was taken way too seriously and shaped how everyone lived. I shuddered thinking what would happen if our world had something like that happening. It's very scary, especially when you get to experience it all from the victims' POV.

The plot and the writing really complimented each other. It usually takes me a while to get used to multiple POV in a book but this worked out super well for me. We have Connor, Risa and Lev's POV alternating and sometimes there'll be random POV from an outsider or minor character. This really helped to see things from a different perspective. At one point, we even get to read a character's experience while they're actually BEING unwound. I got goosebumps, man. I couldn't stop saying OH MY GOD. 

The characters are pretty great. There's so much development, especially for Connor and Lev. I love all three characters, each of them(though kinda dumb at first) are really smart. I like the way they follow their instincts and learn from their mistakes and the way they handle certain situations. It even had a bit of romance which i actually really liked, and as much as i wish there was more of it, it was pretty good that it wasn't at all a main focus.

All in all, i highly recommend it to everyone who loves YA dystopian, especially if you've gotten bored of the same typical plotlines. This one is a bit different. It has a more realistic vibe to it, and kids do get hurt. 

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