Saturday, April 4, 2009

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

After the second Civil War the United States enacted the Bill of Life. This bill states that all life is protected from the moment of conception until the age of 13. From 13 to 18, however, parents can have their children unwound for any reason at all. Unwinding is billed as a different type of life - life in separate parts - since all of your body parts are separated and given to other who need them as replacements. Three teens are facing unwinding. Connor's parents have given the unwind order because he has been getting in trouble at school and they are tired of the problems. Risa is an orphan with a love of music but not enough talent or potential to make the state spare her when they have to make budget cuts. And Lev comes from a very religious family who believe in titheing everything they have. Since Lev is the tenth child, his unwinding will be a religious sacrifice. Connor, Risa and Lev end up traveling together trying to find a safe haven.