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دومین جنگ داخلی بر سر حق و حقوق زاد و ولد شکل گرفت. نتیجه‌ی جنگ این شد: زندگی از لحظه‌ی شکل‌گیری جنین تا سن سیزده سالگی حق هر انسانی است. اما از سیزده سالگی تا هیجده سالگی این حق به والدین‌شان واگذار می‌شود و آن‌ها این اجازه را دارند که فرزندشان را گسسته کنند، بدین صورت که تمام اعضای بدنش به کسانی که نیازمندند پیوند زده می‌شود، به طوری که زندگی‌اش در اصل به پایان نرسد. برای پدر و مادر کانر، کنترل کردن فرزندشان بسیار مشکل است. ریسا دختری است که استعدادش آنچنان بالا نیست که پرورشگاه تمایل داشته باشد از او نگهداری کند و لِو هم بچه‌ی دهم از خانواده‌ای مذهبی است که اعتقاد دارند دهمین فرزند هر خانواده باید به عنوان خیریه به افراد نیازمند در راه خدا واگذار شود
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Because I can’t resist a buddy read, here we go again a reread for me starting April 17 with Danae, Liz, Alexa, Vicky, Katie, Brandi, Lea, Casey, Cathryn, Shelly, Tandie, Jaime, D.G., Kate, Athena (Shardbearer) and Ashley

We are meeting on Buddies Books and Baubles


Reread April 2015

This is my FAVORITE COMPLETED YA SERIES TO DATE:
Unwind 5 stars
Unwholly 4.5 Stars
Unsouled 4 Stars
Undivided 5 OMG this My Favorite YA Series Stars


The thing I like about this book and this entire series really is how much it makes me think. I believe that some of the things that happened in this book could really happen given the right circumstances and time. Neal Shusterman (NS) took articles from papers and websites today and then twisted them into what they could become and so for me the story is freaky and crazy.

Unwind and the entire series really hits me hard emotionally. The kids in this act like kids, they aren’t 30 somethings in teenage bodies and I really like how true to the characters (NS) stays and their personal struggles. This is a story of survival and parts of it are devastating and parts of it are extraordinarily beautiful but added together it is amazing.

Every kid had a story of why they were given up to the state for Unwinding and EVERY single one of them seemed plausible and was equally as heartbreaking. Conner who had anger issues, Risa a ward of the state and a budget cut, Lev conditioned from birth to believe it was his duty to god, Emby because his parents died and his aunt wanted his inheritance, Hayden due to a hate filled divorce and so many others just as horrible.

Things to love about this book:
✔ - Great complicated characters you can connect with.
✔- Fast paced storyline that grabs hold and will not let you go.
✔ - Moral dilemmas that really make you think and no easy answers just given to you.
✔ - The most emotional, heartbreaking and well written scene I’ve read in YA – Chapter 61. Which is only topped IMO by NS in Undivided.
✔- Smart intelligent no cop out resolutions to story lines.
✔ - A believable and slow budding romance beginning that feels real, without a single reference to eyes growing darker or letting out a breath I didn’t realize I was holding. It is subdued and in the background as it should be for kids running for their lives.
✔ - The Language of the books and the shifting PoVs really blend the story together so well and I give a full picture for all involved. I loved all the smart arguments presented throughout the story.


If you are looking for something different, something that isn’t like every other YA book out there, with great tension, beautiful ideas, fantastic character development and a wonderful plot then I hope you give Unwind a try. I’m so glad I read it again and look forward to continuing through to reread the rest of the series.

Below are a few of my favorite quotes from the series (some are spoilery enter at your own risk):
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“If there wasn’t unwinding, there’d be fewer surgeons, and more doctors. If there wasn’t unwinding, they’d go back to trying to cure diseases instead of just replacing stuff with someone else’s.”
And suddenly the Mouth Breather’s voice rings out with a ferocity that catches Connor by surprise. “Wait till you’re the one who’s dying and see how you feel about it!”
“I’d rather die than get a piece of an Unwind!”

“That’s what law is: educated guesses at right and wrong.”
“And what the law says is fine with me,” says Emby.
“But if it weren’t for the law, would you still believe it?”

He wants to tell her, but she’s always so busy in the medical jet—and you don’t just go to somebody and say, “I’m a better person because you’re in my head.”

He hauls off and punches Lev in the eye. Not hard enough to knock him down, but hard enough to snap his head halfway around and give him a nasty shiner. Before Lev can react, Connor says, “That’s for what you did to us.” Then, before Lev can respond, he does something else sudden and unexpected. He pulls Lev toward him and hugs him tightly—the way he hugged his own little brother last year when he took first place in the district pentathlon. “I’m really, really glad you’re alive, Lev.”

“You see, a conflict always begins with an issue—a difference of opinion, an argument. But by the time it turns into a war, the issue doesn’t matter anymore, because now it’s about one thing and one thing only: how much each side hates the other.”

He darts his eyes back and forth, trying to find an escape from her gaze, but he can’t. Suddenly, he bridges the small distance between them and kisses her. She did not expect it, and when he breaks off the kiss she realizes from the look on his face that he hadn’t expected it either.
“What was that for?”
It takes a moment for him to get his brain functioning again. “That,” he says, “is in case something happens and I don’t see you again.”
“Fine,” she says, and she pulls him into another kiss—this one longer than the first. When she breaks it off, she says, “That’s in case I do see you again.”

On the existence of a soul, whether unwound or unborn, people are likely to debate for hours on end, but no one questions whether an unwinding facility has a soul.

Just as the airplane graveyard was Heaven disguised as Hell, harvest camp is Hell masquerading as Heaven.

The word “evil” was never used by these people—except to describe the evils of what the world had done to them. What they were asking Lev, Mai, and Blaine to do wasn’t evil—no, no, no, not at all. It was an expression of all the things they felt inside. It was the spirit, and the nature, and the manifestation of all they had become. They weren’t just messengers, they were the message. This is what they filled Lev’s mind with, and it was no different than the deadly stuff they filled his blood with. It was twisted. It was wrong. And yet it suited Lev just fine.

They meet in the girls’ bathroom. The last time they were forced to meet in a place like this, they took separate, isolated stalls. Now they share one. They hold each other in the tight space, making no excuses for it. There’s no time left in their lives for games, or for awkwardness, or for pretending they don’t care about each other, and so they kiss as if they’ve done it forever. As if it is as crucial as the need for oxygen.

The first step is the hardest, but from that moment on he decides that he will neither run nor dawdle. He will neither quiver nor fight. He will take this last walk of his life in steady strides—and in a few weeks from now, someone, somewhere, will hold in their mind the memory that this young man, whoever he was, faced his unwinding with dignity and pride.

“I know this is your hand now,” she tells him. “Roland would never have touched me like that.”
Connor smiles, and Risa takes a moment to look down at the shark on his wrist. It holds no fear for her now, because the shark has been tamed by the soul of a boy. No—the soul of a man.

“You . . . you lost your faith?”
“No,” he says, “just my convictions. I still very much believe in God—just not a god who condones human tithing.”
Lev begins to feel himself choking up with an unexpected flood of feeling, all the emotions that had been building up throughout their talk—throughout the weeks—arriving all at once, like a sonic boom. “I never knew that was a choice.”

Harlan Dunfee’s, just a bit older, “Dad?”
The Admiral is so overwhelmed by emotion he cannot speak, and so his wife looks at the man before her, at the people beside her, at the crowd all around her, and she says:
“Welcome home.”
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Original Review July 2013

What a surprise! When I read the premise of the book I was like o.k. interesting but I got it from the library and it sat waiting to be opened until the day before it was due. Once I started I was enthralled…omg why did I wait so long to start. One of the most original stories I have ever read.

“Unwinds didnt go out with a bang-they didnt even go out with a whimper. they went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fingers.”

This is a creepy and at times disturbing book told mostly from the point of three teenagers that have been given to the government to Unwind and use for parts. Connor is a troubled youth that his parents decided to have unwound instead of dealing with him. Risa is a ward of the state with no parents and since they need to reduce the number of teenagers by 5% due to the budget is deemed unimportant and set to be unwound. Lev comes from a religion that tithes and has known his whole life that when he turns 13 he will be sent to a harvest camp to be unwound or pretty much cut up into parts and put in other people.

This book has a mind blowingly fast pace. There is always something happening and told from all the different vantage points it is amazing the full picture that is presented. You can get a little caught up in the philosophy of the premise, hey you can’t abort a baby but you can wait until that baby is 13 and then decide to Unwind them which isn’t technically death since all the parts are used or drop it on someone else’s porch and then it is just there problem. Some of the ideas are so twisted and shown in the extreme but it is fascinating and I really loved how even the characters could see the good and the bad of most sides.

“In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isnt a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”

It was a non-stop rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, who do you trust, what is really going on and hoping that our characters make it out in one piece. Definitely a must read you will not be disappointed.


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Well, Im giving this one all the stars.



I had no idea what to expect with this book. I knew it was YA dystopian and thats it. I tend to like dystopians, so I figured I had a decent chance of enjoying this. I was very pleased there were no annoying love triangles and none of the typical YA tropes and stereotypes. Yes, its about teenagers. But its not really about their behavior and what makes them teenagers. Its really a story of survival.

Im not going to spend too much time summarizing this, but lets just say this is set in the future where a major civil war was fought between the pro-life and pro-abortion factions and it was determined that abortion would be illegal; however, when children reached the age of 13 and until they turned 18, their parents could choose to @[email protected] them. This means all their body parts will be used for organ transplants and to @[email protected] others who need viable body parts. The argument is that they arent really dead, because their body parts are still alive in other peoples bodies. The kids have no say in it and the decision cant be undone.

Yeah, this isnt a very realistic premise in my view, but then again, its not very realistic that one day we would have to choose between factions called Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite, and Amity either. Its fantasy.

However, I do think there are great philosophical and spiritual discussions the book provokes. If there is a soul, what happens to the soul if parts of the body are still alive? Can it have peace and move on? Also, this kind of reminds me of the movie, The Island, where people are cloned and @[email protected] by rich people and the clones are harvested for organs to replace diseased organs in the original host body. Now this, I could totally see happening in the future. The moral implications of that are immense. (And this book does deal with characters who are born specifically with the sole purpose of being unwound. Theyre called @[email protected])

It also deals with the questions of what would we do with all those babies if abortion was illegal (and in this book, they are sent to state homes where, unless they prove themselves to be very talented, they will get unwound, to make room for younger unwanted babies; and also, there is @storking,@ where mothers put newborn babies on a strangers doorstep, and as long as they arent caught, the people who live there are forced to take the baby in or turn it in to the state home.)

This books mainly deals with a handful of teens trying to escape being unwound. I liked them all, even though this isnt the kind of book that spends a lot of time on characterization. I especially liked Lev, the tithe, who starts out smart and pampered, but short-sighted, and ends up being shrewd and a real survivor.

One other thing that fascinated me was the idea of muscle memory and how memories from the unwound can remain in their separated body parts after being transplanted into/onto new bodies. I remember reading several real-life articles about people receiving transplants and suddenly knowing how to play the guitar and remembering people from that donors life. This stuff actually is fact and I find it fascinating!

So anyhow, I inhaled this book, and absolutely loved it. The apathy and ignorance of the adults in this was mind-blowing. People in real life do some astoundingly stupid things, so some of this isnt as far-fetched as you might think.

Buddy read with my peeps over at Buddies Books and Baubles starting April 17, 2015. Anyone want to join? Head on over...

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There are nearly 5,000 reviews of this book on GR, and the official synopsis explains clearly what is meant by the term ‘Unwind’. So, I am going to assume that those who read this are familiar with the basic premise. If not, that’s okay - some of the context will be evident here. But it is much easier to review this without major spoilers if I don’t try to tap-dance around the basics.

This book certainly deserves its legion of fans, and could become a phenomenal movie. I strongly recommend it for those who can handle the grim central themes. It plays on your deepest emotions, and gives your logic analyzer a good workout at the same time.

There is a group of big ideas that I will discuss in the second half of this review. And one gut-wrenching core concept - that some unspeakably awful things are in store for a lot of teenage kids. Basic human values are redefined, including the ‘sanctity’ of human life and the responsibilities of parents to their kids. The historic origin for all this is the intransigence of human attitudes on both sides of a tough issue. The outcome is a tide of events that sweeps young humans into institutional crimes, and these are cynically accepted - and mostly ignored - by adults.

These are all big, in-your-face polarizing topics. They demand a firm grasp on one’s own values, and value judgments of events in the story. But Shusterman never preaches here, and never pushes any final judgments except one - that the ‘solution’ in this fight over reproductive rights was at least as heinous as any of the original crimes.

I liked the story and concept a lot. With that said, it seemed obviously farfetched at first, and I was expecting a more thorough world-building treatment than the one that I got early on. I struggled with that, and it was somewhat distracting.

Fortunately, the narrative and the three main characters were highly engaging for me from the beginning. I was especially impressed by Risa, the excellent female lead - strong, tough, smart and adaptable, just what I want to see in this era of clueless insta-love. Any author would be proud of her, in my opinion. In addition, most of my background issues were covered by the midway point, and the narrative really rocked from that point on.

Overview and comments

This section will be relatively spoiler-free, I think.

The author does provide a brief intro/history of the events that led to the central scenario here. It is enough to get you grounded and provide some context for the opening scenes. But for me, there was still a feeling that the author jumped into the story very quickly, with introductions to three teenagers who are facing critical moments in their lives. At that point, I still didn’t understand the rationale at any deep level, and the experience was a little disorienting.

Gradually, however, there were enough details filtering into the narrative that I was able to focus increasingly on the characters and events. For me, both the characters and story were very effective from the beginning, and their momentum continued to build as the events took center stage.

I was sympathetic with all three of the major characters, but especially with Risa - the orphaned ward of the state. As I have said in other reviews, we don’t see enough of her strength, savvy, and intelligent action (my opinion) in recent top-selling fiction. I really liked Risa, and my admiration for her grew through the course of the book.

Connor was a frustrating protagonist for me, but I can understand the author’s purpose in writing him that way. Deeply compassionate - but temperamental and prone to impulses of very poor judgment - he had to grow in all sorts of ways as the story moved along, and he did. I wanted to slap him around a few times, and my view was shared by others in the story. But I was impressed by the author’s development of this character in latter stages.

Lev was perhaps the most interesting character, in his striking transformation from one set of bedrock principles - as his earliest memories - to a radically different manifesto by the end. Lev gives you a lot to think about, and so do Risa and Connor. Their life journey really carries the book, and I thought the author was extremely effective in his use of them as the main vehicle.

So, characters and events are the main thrust of the page-turning narrative, and it reached a point for me that I really couldn’t put it down toward the end. I even forgot to highlight passages on my Kindle for later review, and I swear it was not encroaching senility that made me forget! The book had a major grip on me - a really suspenseful, grab-and-don’t-let-go read.

Thoughts on the Big Questions

This section will implicitly involve spoilers, but I have tried to minimize plot reveals.

I want to focus here on the big questions that are always looming in the subtext. In particular, I want to take this scenario of a possible future and trace it back a bit to where we are now.

How precious is human life? When does it become precious? What restrictions should the state place on the “Right to Life”, especially among the unborn? The turmoil surrounding these questions is a daily debate in current society (and I am thinking especially of the USA in this regard, where the story occurs).

Shusterman presents a series of documentary examples: news releases, tales of despicable acts, extreme positions on all sides of these questions. He very pointedly avoids telling the reader what to think. Instead, he lets the characters think and talk about the issues.

“Unborn babies… they suck their thumbs sometimes, right? And they kick. Maybe before that they’re just like a bunch of cells or something, but once they kick and suck their thumbs— that’s when they’ve got a soul.”

“Maybe it’s the best answer of all. If more people could admit they really don’t know, maybe there never would have been a Heartland War.”

In Shusterman’s telling, the conflict develops along naturally incendiary lines. It reaches a point where the belief in “sanctity of human life” is a mockery in relation to the war that grows out of the dispute.

What happens in that case? Well, Shusterman presents a truly bizarre outcome that is the core premise of the book - an agreement that would never occur under normal, peacetime conditions. In a one-page dialogue, he reveals how this agreement came to pass. If you have read the book, you will remember the dialogue. At some point, you most likely took a position on both the outcome and the rationale, and your impression of the book was driven in large part by the position you took. That was certainly true for me.

On first reading, the dialogue seemed inadequate to me as an explanation for the agreement. But it started to make a lot of sense on second and third reading, and by that point I found it plausible, no matter how cynical and sickening the implications were. My reading of history is that many critical turning-point events seem impossible until they happen, but seem inevitable after that. But some highly respected friends had a very different take in this case, and I can certainly understand their reactions. It is good to be aware of this going in.

In any case, one implication of the agreement came through very clearly. There was a lot of money to be made from it, and powerful forces took that idea and ran all the way to the bank.

“People wanted parts.” “Demanded is more like it... And all those new parts had to come from somewhere.”

”It didn’t take long for ethics to be crushed by greed. Unwinding became big business, and people let it happen.”

Can Transplants Think?

Whether or not souls exist Connor doesn’t know. But consciousness does exist— that’s something he knows for sure. If every part of an Unwind is still alive, then that consciousness has to go somewhere, doesn’t it?

My take on these issues (in the book) is that teens are left to work the answers out for themselves, while adults look the other way.

“The unborn have souls. They have souls from the moment they get made— the law says.”

“maybe an Unwind’s spirit stretches out, kind of like a giant balloon between all those parts of us in other places. Very poetic.”

Context and point of view are critical here. The conversations are among teenagers on the ‘firing line’. These are not adults, making rules based on hardened ideologies. They are kids who deal with the consequences.

He tries to imagine himself stretched so thin and so wide that he can reach around the world. He imagines his spirit like a web strung between the thousand recipients of his hands, his eyes, the fragments of his brain— none of it under his control anymore, all absorbed by the bodies and wills of others. Could consciousness exist like that?

He thinks about the trucker who performed a card trick for him with an Unwind’s hand. Did the boy who once owned that hand still feel the satisfaction of performing the trick?

As an adult, I read these passages and think, “Nah. It wouldn’t be like that at all.” From my neuroscientist perspective, I wouldn’t expect any vestige of consciousness in any ‘harvested’ organ that is not a brain.

But my adult perspective is not the issue here. These are teenagers who are trapped in a system that was born in warfare, hardened by greed, and then marginalized in the collective adult consciousness. Their bitter reality is carefully ignored on the radar of the average adult in this society. They are the living victims, and no adult is taking responsibility for explaining whether and in what sense they will remain alive.

Conclusions
This book has a lot of power, and has forced many adult readers (me included) to think more carefully about the consequences of ideology run amok. The story won’t work for everybody. But I will be extremely interested in the sequel that is coming soon, and one thing I want to see is whether adults can ‘grow up’ in this world.

Actions have consequences, and responsibility doesn’t end when you don’t want to deal with it any more. Can we do better? I believe that is a good thought for any day.

Highly Recommended

Thanks very much to Erika and many other GR friends who recommended this book to me. I depend so much on their judgments in choosing the books that I read, and I am deeply grateful to have them on my side.

There are so many excellent and moving reviews of this book on GR, from my friends and many others. Too many to list here. My advice - look at what your friends had to say about it, or just start at the top and go from there.

مشاهده لینک اصلی


Have you ever wondered if one day, the doctors prefer replacing instead of healing? If one day, the parents can choose to keep or to terminate their child?
“You cant change laws without first changing human nature.”

“You cant change human nature without first changing the law.”

Today, authors of dystopian books are feeding us with various creative ideas. Many of us havent noticed that Neal Shusterman has written a thrilling, bizarre, and incredible science fiction. This is a story when morals and ethics defeated by greed.

The world building: a nightmare comes true
“The highest density of pain receptors per square inch of skin in human development occurs in utero from 20 to 30 weeks gestation.

During this period, the epidermis is still very thin, leaving nerve fibers closer to the surface of the skin than in older neonates and adult…

Thus, a fetus at 20-32 weeks of gestation would experience a much more intense pain than older infants or children or adults.”

[expert testimony provided to the Northern District of the US District Court in CA (15Apr04), Dr. Sunny Anand (Dir, Pain Neurobiology Lab, Arkansas Childrens Hospital Research), emphasis added]

When the fights over abortions became out of control, a civil war known as the Heartland War happened in the United States. The pro-life, pro-choice, and the US Military finally came into an agreement as the Bill of Life was signed. Unfortunately, theres nothing peaceful about the bill. It was the beginning of a madness.
The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively @[email protected] a child on the condition that the childs life doesnt @[email protected] end. The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called @[email protected]

Once children are decided to be unwound, they will be sent to harvest camps, places where they are prepared before a procedure which each parts of their bodies will be harvested. This unethical procedure is common in the society, until two boys and a girl decide to change their fate.

The characters: anything but ordinary
Connor Lassiter is a sixteen years old boy raised in a normal family, or so he thought. His parents think he has caused too much trouble but they never speak a word to him about it. Instead they plan to throw him out from the family. When he finds out his parents already signed him to be unwound, against all odds, Connor decides to run away.

Connor was amazing. He is a brave fighter but he isnt fearless. He fears to die without trying. I wanted him to hate those people who are supposed to be his shelter, his home. They have caused him unbearable pain, and it throbbed in each steps of his journey to survive. Unwanted, unloved, and betrayed, but Connor never turned away when someone needed his help.

Risa Ward is a fifteen years old teenage girl who has been a ward of the state since birth. She is smart and talented musician. Despite she has a lot of potentials, they have decided shes to be unwound because of budget cuts. Being an orphan, she doesnt have the will to fight alone. But when she sees the opportunity to survive, she takes it. Risa doesnt trust people easily, but she is a kind person. She is the opposites of Connor. He acts with impulse, she acts with plans. He is practical, she is rational. When Connor couldnt control his rage, Risa is there to calm him.

Lev Calders comes from a religious big family. He is the epitome of obedience. Lev is a tither, a child who is raised and prepared to be unwound at the age of thirteen as a holy sacrifice to God. He never questioned his fate. When the time to fulfill his call is arrived, he is ready. But he isnt ready for something that would change his life, for knowing Connor and Risa, and everything he believes in for all of his young life are about to meet with doubts.

Supporting characters are as extraordinary as the main characters. CyiFi, The Admiral, Hayden, Roland, Neil Shusterman didnt put them all as accessories. Every one of them has a story, and every story was special. It will crush your feeling.

The plot: Entertaining vs thought provoking
Dystopian books often come with package of actions, creepy and bloody scenes. What happen often is most of the books need too much time to build the tension. Therefore, the beginning chapters usually very slow. Unwind didnt waste time. It hooked me immediately. But after the first few chapters, dont expect it to entertain you like most of dystopian books with the package. There were enough actions for the entertainment, but that wasnt how the book built the tension. First, it invests the idea of Unwinding in our head without giving us the details. Throughout the escape for their lives, many things happen to Connor, Risa, and Lev. They meet a lot of people. Each of events that happen and each of people they meet give us a piece of a few puzzles. Yes, there are more than a puzzle. The procedure of Unwinding is the biggest puzzle, but its not the only one. Each of piece is a twist and it plays with our mind. It terrifies us not because of what we see, but because of what we havent seen yet, until it decides its the time for us to see.

The writing: power and emotion overwhelm the imperfection
Written from the third person pov, this fantastic book wasnt without flaws. I found the common writing issue in YA books: favorite words to emphasize dialogues such as he says, she asks, he tells, she yells, etc. But it didnt happen often enough to annoy me. Every chapter is short and has a different pov. Though the pov changes rapidly, the story never lost its pace. Most of all, Neil Shusterman writes beautiful prose. Its not flowery, but it has more than enough power to get us emotionally attached to the book.
“In a perfect world mothers would all want their babies, and strangers would open up their homes to the unloved. In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isnt a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”

The ideas: truth behind fiction
The soul for sale on eBay, and the response, is real. The airplane graveyard exist and the chilling story of the Ukrainian babies taken for their parts is true, proving that fiction is all too often one rationalization away from reality.
-Neil Shusterman

Unwind was a brilliant work of fiction with painful truth spread all over the pages. These are the real horror of anti-abortion violence, child abandoned, and organ donors.

- Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8076906.stm,
According to data gathered by the National Abortion Federation, a pro-choice group, there had been at least eight killings in anti-abortion protests, 17 attempted murders and 400 death threats.

- Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/617..., http://www.ukrweekly.com/old/archive/...
The BBC has spoken to mothers from the city of Kharkiv who say they gave birth to healthy babies, only to have them taken by maternity staff...

In 2003 the authorities agreed to exhume around 30 bodies of foetuses and full-term babies from a cemetery used by maternity hospital number six.

One campaigner was allowed into the autopsy to gather video evidence. She has given that footage to the BBC and Council of Europe...

The pictures show organs, including brains, have been stripped - and some bodies dismembered...

It could possibly be a result of harvesting stem cells from bone marrow.

Hospital number six denies the allegations.

- Source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...
Ark of the World youth centre said four children, including a newborn baby, had been left on its doorstep in recent months.

One mother, it said, ran away after handing over her two-year-old daughter Natasha...

Four-year-old Anna was found by a teacher clutching a note that read: I will not be coming to pick up Anna today because I cannot afford to look after her. Please take good care of her. Sorry.

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In one celebrated case uncovered by Professor Schwartzs team, an 18-year-old boy who wrote poetry, played music and composed songs was killed in a car crash. A year after he died, his parents came across a tape of a song he had written, entitled, Danny, My Heart Is Yours.

In his haunting lyrics, the boy sang about how he felt destined to die and donate his heart. After his death, his heart was transplanted into an 18-year-old girl - named Danielle.

When the boys parents met Danielle, they played some of his music and she, despite never having heard the song before, knew the words and was able to complete the lyrics.


The messages: questions or answers?
Unwind was a lot of things. Two days have passed since I finished it, but every single event is still playing in my head. The book didnt tell me whether abortion is a murder or not. It asked me when do I think an unborn child starts to have the right to live? It didnt tell me how wrong it is to abandoned a child. It asked me what do a parent feel most after giving up the responsibility, guilt or relieve? It didnt tell me whether religions have the rights to promise us heaven or not. It asked me where does my faith lay? It asked me, if I were a parent, what would I do if my child is not like what I expected to be? It asked me, if my parents treat me unfair, how much it would take to forgive them? It didnt tell me the mystery of dying. It told me the mystery of consciousness. It didnt tell me if theres condition where organ donation become unethical. It asked me when does a person considered to be death enough to be a donor?
“In order to be dead enough to bury but alive enough to be a donor, you must be irreversibly brain dead. If it’s reversible, you’re no longer dead; you’re a patient. And once you start messing around with this definition, you’re on a slippery slope, and the question then becomes: How dead do you want patients to be before you start taking their organs?”
—David Crippen, M.D., a critical care specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

I cant write it all. The book gave me so many to think, so many to feel. For each readers, there will be different questions and different answers. But one thing for sure, Unwind has given me something new. I felt like Ive found a treasure. It doesnt happen everyday.
“When we observe that every human being is utterly unique (even identical twins have different fingerprints, facial expressions, and personalities), can we not conclude that the intentional destruction of an embryo - whether in a womb or in a Petri dish - is an incalculable loss to humanity?

And that the destructive act itself fuels a materialistic view of human life, in which every human being is dispensable if a burden or inconvenience to someone else?”

[Life Insight, Sept/Oct 2003]


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My daughter suggested this book to me and once again she found a book I really enjoyed. The whole concept of unwinding is so horrifying and fascinating at the same time. And there are a few comments about the society that really rang true for todays world and the current US President.

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