ISBN: 9781416912040

Parents* who have angsty teens may think that the author has painted a dream world. Where the law allows parents to send their teenaged children, ages between 13 to 18, to “unwind” them. Meaning, to send them for body-parts recycling, with some implicit process that does not really “kill” the teen but only they exist in different bodies. Sounds really handy, eh?

[* maybe just for that little while, before rationality overcomes anger, heh]

The main protagonists: Conner, Risa, Levi; unwind-AWOLs.

Conner is clearly the troubled rebellious teen, whose parents have decided they are not able to handle him further. Risa is an orphan being weeded out of the state-run home, to make room for other presumably younger and higher potential kids. Levi started out as a reluctant escapee, for he has been indoctrinated since young and has accepted his role as a ‘tithe’ in the name of his religion.

Their adventure begins, as does their coming of age, when they meet each other and make their way through a unwind-AWOLs underground movement. They end up in a refuge for runaway Unwinds. But a problem develops; a hostile takeover was being plotted.

Read the rest on your own. There’s a convincing resolution to the story.

As an adult reading this, there are several doubtful elements in the concept. But this book isn’t meant for adults but for YP readers. And the idea, while seemingly farfetched to be put into practice, does have precedence in human history, I sure. Infanticide, murder (though killings beyond toddler ages may be impossible but who is to say it has not happened). But a society that kills their youths is just committing suicide.

P153. Holding back is another form of power.

Aside: interesting concept of ‘Storking’, which would make a good classroom debate session, as a way to explore human behaviours and societal values.

P161 – 167. Explores the fundamental issues/ differences between Pro-life and Pro-abortion camps.

P288-294. Process of being unwound.