Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive. --------------------- I came across this title upon reading some reviews about a dystopian novel. (yes, it's another dystopian novel) In one of the reviews, it was mentioned as one of the best dystopian novels out there. I was curious that I checked the book out. And, boy, it was great. The book was published by 2007, and I think that's a great factor in the awesomeness of it all because the idea was conceived even before this whole fad about dystopian YA fictions started. The only negative thing I could about the book was the society described in it is so horrible. That's it. And best things? First, the writing. Shusterman nailed this changing POVs over the whole course of the novel even some insignificant characters were given focus (not that they're that insignificant- they're vital as well) and it was just plain amazing. And i love to take a break from a first-person POV. They're so in every YA book. Second, the characters! I love how it focus of multiple characters. I'm glad it didn't just focus on one character. These characters - Connor, Risa and Lev, they're real. Not just some whiny teen who got famous in some competition sorta thing. They're real people in a real cruel world trying their best to survive. And their character development were so realistic and they definitely make sense. And lastly, the story itself! From the very start, the build-up was amazing. By the first few chapters, I'm already exclaiming "Awesome!" when it needs be. And indeed, this book is awesome. A total recommend to those who wants a break from teeny, whiny, and shallow YA stuff out there.