Author: Neal Shusterman
Finished: January 21st, 2011
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Unwind has a truly horrifying premise: the idea that (as a teenager) you can be “unwound” if you are not living up to certain expectations. How frightening.

When I was first told that I had to read this story (for my adolescent literature course at Ohio State), I definitely had preconceived notions. I thought that I would have to force myself to ‘get into’ the story – that [being pro-life] would be a cause of strong dislike. Everything I had ‘thought’ was proved wrong.

This novel, though truly frightening, had so many redeeming qualities. The main protagonists display strong character even when swayed otherwise.

The storyline was provocative and I couldn’t wait to turn to the next page. As a future teacher, I’m not sure if I’d suggest this story to high school freshman – but I’d definitely rave about it to seniors. There is so much for one to take away from Unwind. My only hope is that this far-fetched tale will never become a future reality.

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