After a "Heartland War," the faction who are pro-life and the others who are pro-choice have come to an agreement. Every child gets a right to life...until he turns 13.
Three kids have been selected by the government or their parents to be unwound. Connor just isn't "good" enough, Risa is living in an overcrowded group home, Lev has been chosen as his religious family's tithe.
Surprisingly, none of them wants to be dismantled, even if it is for the public good.
A very creepy, fast-paced thriller that is, essentially, a long chase; the three go on a sinister roller-coaster ride as they evade the government.
Another one book-talked at our school by Kris Vreeland of Vroman's. It's been a huge hit with boys, especially sci-fi fans and struggling readers who like an adrenaline-charged page-turner.
Bibliotherapeutic value: Underneath the heart-pounding suspense, this is a book about self-reliance and questioning authority.
Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2007.
ISBN: 1416912045. $16.99.