Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Blurb: (from goodreads) Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
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.
Me: Kind of disappointed after all the hype.
The Ups: I think I only really loved one thing in this entire book. The scene where you-know-who is getting you-know-what and I wanted to puke but at the same time it was so intense and awesome and terrifying and I really felt like I kind of got the feeling of the book. It took a lot of bravery, I think, to write that scene and it was just an absolutely amazing piece of writing.
I don't know what it was, but I really like Lev as a character. His struggle to make sense of something he'd kind of been brainwashed into thinking his entire life and the constant struggle of his character was very interesting.
The Downs: I heard so many amazing things about this book and everybody told me it was phenomenal, but to be absolutely honest it wasn't very good. I think the plot kind of dragged on and made me lose interest after a while, and I didn't like the writing style of Neil Schusterman. It was very drab and I couldn't get connected to any of the characters.
Some things that happened in the book seemed very fake and I just couldn't picture this world very well. I found the concept of Unwinding kind of stupid and I didn't get the entire concept of the book.
The characters were also unbelievable and not very relatable. I didn't feel myself connected to them.
After reading the book, when I discussed it with different people, they all told me that the entire point of the book was that life was viewed differently in this world, but I didn't feel like that message got across to me at all.
Overall: Alone in my stand that it wasn't worth the hype..?
Rating: 2 kisses!