Teen Dystopia

In the last month, I read two dystopia fiction books. The first was Unwind by Neal Shusterman, published in 2007. A sequel is expected to be published next year, so it is a good time to revisit this title.

Unwind is set after the 2nd Civil War which hinged on reproductive rights. Instead of abortions before a child is born, a parent or guardian can decide to have a teenager unwound. This involves a medical procedure that harvests body parts to use on others as needed. The story focuses on three teenagers that have been scheduled to be unwound. Two of the teenagers are being forced to the procedure, while that last one is a willing participant. The story unravels to show the dynamics of the society that has evolved and how these teenagers are caught up in something that is so much larger than their own issues.

The other book is the first in a new trilogy, Wither by Lauren DeStefano. After genetically altering a generation of infants to prevent all diseases, a terrible side affects occurs in the following generation: all males die at the age of 25 and all females die at the age of 20. This creates a world where young girls are kidnapped and forced to be brides while the controversry continues between finding a cure or leaving well enough alone. Rhine has known no other world and is kidnapped and forced to marry a wealthy young man. But the seperation from her twin and the horror she discovers within the house drives her to find a way out before her life is over.

You might also enjoy the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld or Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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