In the spirit of Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion, Unwind by Shusterman is set in a dystopian future. Abortion is illegal though babies may be 'storked,' that is left on a doorstep and it becomes the responsibility of the finders to rear those babies. Medical technology has advanced to the point where 99.44% of the human body can be 'recycled' into other bodies. Medical researchers no longer look for cures for diseases, instead they replace the parts. Where do they get those replacement parts? From teenagers! Thirteen to eighteen year olds who have discipline problems, no families, or those 'tithed' or promised for the purpose are sent to harvest camps where they are unwound. Their usable body parts are harvested to implant in other bodies. Unwind orders can be signed by parents, guardians or ordered by the court system. Find out what happens when Connor, Risa, and Lev decide they don't want to be unwound, with their parts meted out to live on in others. The three escape the authorities and run for their lives. This is a thought provoking look at the question of how life is defined. Ages 13 and up 350 pages
Submitted by Cheryl Youse.
UNWIND by Neal Shusterman, Trailer by June Henson of Flower Mound, Texas