After America’s second civil war, also known as the Heartland War, attitudes about life are different. Abortion is illegal, but parents are given a choice to have their children between the ages of 13 and 18 ‘unwound.’ These children are sent to harvest camps where they are divided and sent to those in need of transplants.
Connor is a troubled teen whose parents choose to have him unwound. Risa is a ward of the state considered too much of an expense to support. Lev is a tithe, raised his whole life for the sole purpose of unwinding. Although their stories are vastly different, these three become connected in an effort to stay alive. Together they learn about strength of character and the value of life and choice.
I’m a little tired of all the dystopia novels teaching the evils of a controlling government. This book was an exception for me, because it looks at current issues in a unique way. Through the story, all sides of the pro-life and pro-choice question are presented. I recommend this for older readers because of maturity of subject matter, but I feel it is appropriate for the teen age group. It is entertaining as well as thought provoking.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Another dystopian novel for all you fans of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Matched, and so forth. I’m really not a fan of these types of books, but I read this one for a book group and it was an interesting premise and much less violent than The Hunger Games. It is actually quite clean, but has some harsher and more mature themes, so would be a good read for older teens.
Rhine Ellery is a sixteen-year-old girl in a future North America. By this time, the world has cured cancer and other known threats, but a mysterious virus kills all girls at age twenty and all boys at twenty-five. It is a common practice for young girls to be stolen and forced into becoming polygamist brides to rich men in an attempt to increase the population. Rhine is caught and put in one of these households, but, although she is treated kindly by her husband, she finds other disturbing secrets in the house. As she faces these secrets, Rhine will stop at nothing to win back her freedom and return to her twin brother.
Cassia Reyes lives in a perfect world controlled by the Society. They control meals and portion sizes, what job you have, and even who you marry. The control creates what the Society defines as the optimum life, but as Cassia learns more, she questions the value of life where you are given no choice.
This is a good book for lovers of dystopian novels (The Giver, The Hunger Games, Uglies, The Maze Runner). Dystopia isn’t my favorite type of book, but this one is clean and non-violent with an engaging story and the typical lessons about choice and freedom. There is also the typical love triangle that seems a necessity for this type of book. The sequel, Crossed, is also currently out, with a third book on the way.
Saba lives a monotonous life with her family by the edge of post-apocalyptic Silverlake. In the remote, desert area, she has been shielded from the evils of the world and almost all human contact. One day strange men appear, kill her father and kidnap her twin brother. In an almost single-minded journey to reclaim her brother, Saba reveals her warrior spirit. She begins with a crusty and distrustful attitude toward everyone including her little sister, but surprises even herself with her ability to gain friends and lead others against evil.
This is a powerful story of family solidarity and friendship, good for an older teen crowd. Beware of some swearing and harsh language and a little violence, but never graphic.