Unwind: Unwind Dystology, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Shocking sci-fi gives teens plenty to get wound up about.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 145 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Too violent and heavy for children under 16

The abortion debate, attempted rape, and body dismemberment (while they are still alive) to abort older children is not something that I would like my 12 year old to read. This book seems more appropriate for older children.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 12+

Makes you uncomfortable...? Good!

As an English teacher who has taught this for four years, I have had one parent tell me that her child was uncomfortable with this book. As the person in the classroom, I would say I have had many students, literally aghast and horrified as we read, what is obviously, a horrific experience of a child being taken apart (consciously but not in any pain) by a team of doctors and nurses. The point to consider is that, it is not MEANT to be pleasant. The author manifests this FICTIONAL world to have us process the possibility of a reality in which pro-life and pro-choice extremists have finally come to "agreement." Sounds great, right? Well, not exactly.... To me, the novel is no more disturbing the story of Solomon and the baby from 1 Kings in the Bible. The "violence" in this story only reveals the idiosyncrasies of adults wanting to "save" babies and the much-later and therefore far more convoluted reality that not all teenagers are wanted. It's a great book for students to read because it causes them to think, to feel, and to analyze the potential effect of unintended consequences.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Book Details

  • Author: Neal Shusterman
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: November 1, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 13
  • Number of pages: 335
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: August 22, 2019

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