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In this dystopian tale, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies reach an agreement that end the Second Civil War in America. The two sides agree to end the practice of abortion but create an alternative called "unwinding." Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child by having every part of their bodies harvested to be "donated" to another person. Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. This becomes an accepted practice in society. It also allows for troublesome or unwanted teens to be easily unwound. The book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, Risa, and Lev.
Unwind is a gripping, thought-provoking novel. I kept wanting to read on to see how each runaway Unwind grappled with their terrifying reality. This book will make you review your own ideas about abortion, organ donation, religion, and politics. Unwind is the first book in the Unwind Dystology. Unwholly is book #2 and Unsouled is book #3.