OK, I started to post this two days ago, but work, preparing for the family to descend on me for Christmas, oh and the mouse escapades*!
The problem is I really enjoyed this book and I don't seem to have the words to describe it.
Anyway, it's another Teen book. It seems to be what I lean towards lately. (I'm going to be in such trouble come May, when I'm supposed to do booktalks for the 4th & 5th graders.)
Throw the Abortion controversy, organ donation, and runaways teenagers in a society that has had a "civil war" over the abortion issue and come out on the other side in a way none of us ever want to see.
Abortion is illegal but, you can Stork (leave your baby on the doorstep of someone else)
The entire human body can be used for transplant.
You may decide to Unwind your child between the ages of 13 and 18. Unwinding is retroactively aborting your child, but they are not "killed" they are used as organ donors.
It's the journey of 3 unwinds on the run - trying to stay alive until they can reach the age of 18.
This is one of the most though provoking, horrify books I've read in a really long time.
There was one scene of the unwinding process from the point of view of the kid...I will never be the same.
I heard the author speak about this book before it was published and he said he wanted to do a book on abortion without taking either side of the issue, and for the most part he didn't except at the very end - one of the characters definitely has pro-choice tendencies.
* Mice have mad cleaning apartment incredibly difficult. I'm trying to find spaces for things that have never had a space before. Oh, did I mention the nightmares that dealing with the mice are causing me...I haven't had a good nights sleep in 4 days.