Essay on The Dystopian Novel, Unwind By Neal Shusterman

2212 Words Apr 6th, 2015 9 Pages
Although the dystopian novel, Unwind by Neal Shusterman is set in the future, the issues and events presented throughout the novel are realistic and can be related to world issues from the past, present, and perhaps the future. Throughout the novel there are three common issues presented that can be identified to past historical events, current global issues, and future predicted problems, and these are organ donations, teen angst, and refugee camps.

Hot topic # 1- Organ Donation

In the dystopian society of Unwind, teenagers who are between the ages of 13-18 can be unwound, or taken apart, organ by organ, to use as transplants. The teens chosen to be unwound are ones who are wards of the state, too much trouble for parents, or are sacrificed for religious purpose. In Uwind, forced organ donation plays a major role in the society because it is a way to naturally select the humans in the population. When a teen is chosen to be unwound, it is usually because of an extreme circumstance. For example, the protagonists in the story- Risa and Connor, are being unwound because they are not deemed perfect by their society. Connor is a troubled, misguided kid, one whose parents do not want to put up with, therefore they decide they want him unwound. Risa, on the other hand, is a ward of the state, meaning she lives in a state home, and has no parents. While she is very talented at the piano, she is not perfect, which results in the state home determining that she will be unwound.…

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