20 February, 2015

book review

DNF Explanation for Unwind by Neal Shusterman

How far I got: 28%

Keep in mind throughout reading my DNF explanation that I am merely basing my opinions on the
first 28% of the book.

I found this book to have an unrealistic concept. I don’t believe that parents would raise a child for 13-18 years only to have them “unwound,” which is just their way of saying “killed” for the purposes of donating organs to others. This just doesn’t seem plausible to me.

The story starts off throwing the reader right into the action. Unfortunately, this doesn’t leave much room for development of the story or the characters.

The world building isn’t the greatest. We don’t really know much about the past or the war or how they came to the conclusion in the end that this “unwinding” idea is a better option than abortion. So, did anyone really win the war that was fought over abortion? It seems to me that the two sides must have settled to come to a compromise of sorts: no more abortion, but you can kill kids between the ages of 13 and 18 as long as their organs are donated to those in need? This way, at least it’s not a complete waste? Oh, and we will brain wash people into thinking that we’re not really killing the person, but each stays alive through his/her organs, just…separated. So, am I to assume this is how it went and there was no true winner of the war?

The whole concept of “storking” is ridiculous. The law of storking is that a mother can place her newborn baby on the doorstep of a stranger and then that stranger is legally bound to raise the child. Umm…what? Seriously? So, the mother has the option of giving up her baby, but these strangers that just wake up to this baby in front of their house do not have an option? That’s messed up. Oh, and if the mother is caught placing the baby on the step, she no longer has this option and legally has to take the baby back.

Can you tell I’m not a fan of this whole concept?

The character development is practically non-existent. I feel like I know next to nothing about each of these characters. So, how am I to get into the story and root for them? Of course, I can see they are in a shitty situation, but other than that I have no reason to root for them. I want to know them so I can really root them on!

Needless to say, I am not a fan of this book.  So, I resolved to putting it down.

1 star

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2 Responses to “DNF: Unwind”

  1. Sorry you didn’t like this. I loved this book! All the things you’re bring up as problems, how is killing kids a compromise, etc., I think that was the point, that it is ridiculous. You do get to know more about the characters as the story goes on. I don’t remember feeling the way you do about it though. You can read my review if you want, HERE.

    • I know. I am definitely one of the few who didn’t love this book. Almost everyone loved it! I understand what you’re saying, but I just couldn’t get into it with all those things bothering me. They drove me crazy.