By: Neal Shusterman
Published: November 6th 2007
Length: 335 Pages
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.
My only downfall I have with it really isn’t downfall of the book but of my own. I’ve had this series ( The whole series) on my shelf for more than a year and am now just getting around to reading it. How could I wait that long to read this Masterpiece of the World created where we send children off to become spare parts to control overpopulation. Where parents decided this was ok and signed their troubled children away. Where parents raised their child knowing this was their purpose in life to become a thithe in the name of God. Or where infants are passed around from door to door because no one wants to be stroked and care for an unwanted baby.
I found the theory of the book to intriguing and disgusting all at once. Because the thought of that become a reality is horrid.
I enjoyed the cast Connor, Risa and Lev. I even found myself enjoying the secondary cast just as much. Roland was the most despicable character that one could fully understand.
The thought that went into scene build made it easy to translate in my head, with just enough details that it didn’t drag the storyline down.
Out of every dystopian world I’ve gone to know, this is one I hope stays in the fictional realm.