کتاب گسسته

اثر نیل شوسترمن از انتشارات آذرباد - مترجم: سیاوش صمیمی فرد-بهترین رمان ها

دومین جنگ داخلی بر سر حق و حقوق زاد و ولد شکل گرفت. نتیجه‌ی جنگ این شد: زندگی از لحظه‌ی شکل‌گیری جنین تا سن سیزده سالگی حق هر انسانی است. اما از سیزده سالگی تا هیجده سالگی این حق به والدین‌شان واگذار می‌شود و آن‌ها این اجازه را دارند که فرزندشان را گسسته کنند، بدین صورت که تمام اعضای بدنش به کسانی که نیازمندند پیوند زده می‌شود، به طوری که زندگی‌اش در اصل به پایان نرسد. برای پدر و مادر کانر، کنترل کردن فرزندشان بسیار مشکل است. ریسا دختری است که استعدادش آنچنان بالا نیست که پرورشگاه تمایل داشته باشد از او نگهداری کند و لِو هم بچه‌ی دهم از خانواده‌ای مذهبی است که اعتقاد دارند دهمین فرزند هر خانواده باید به عنوان خیریه به افراد نیازمند در راه خدا واگذار شود
کانر، ریسا و لِو در کنار یکدیگر شاید بتوانند راهی برای زنده ماندن پیدا کنند


خرید کتاب گسسته
جستجوی کتاب گسسته در گودریدز

معرفی کتاب گسسته از نگاه کاربران
Thanks to Ace for lending me this spectacular YA book!

This is the best YA dystopian fiction that Ive read so far. Compared to say George Orwells 1984, the writing seems to be ordinary but Shustermans imagination is boundless. How could have thought of an idea where below 18 y/o teens are unwound, i.e., all their organs are harvested for transplant use?

While I was in the first 50 pages, I found the novel boring as it reminded me of the teenagers killing each other in Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games or the @[email protected] residing inside Melanies body in Stephanie Meyers The Host. I thought of dropping the book and just return it to Ace but I already invested time reading it and so far, I trust his taste on books. It was in its 2nd half when the story became so interesting that I did not notice the time passing until I came to the last word on page 335. Shusterman may not be good in starting his novel but he definitely knows how to build his climax and anticipate the many questions I had while reading it. Unlike Hunger, Unwind was able to tie the many loose ends that it started.

Those people who hate YA fiction should read this one. Who knows, maybe neurografting will become a reality someday and it will lead to the possibility of having all body parts available for easy transplant?
Lets me give my opinion on some nagging questions I had in mind while reading this novel:

Q1: If I were a teen, would I want to be unwind?
A: No. But if I had an accident and dying and my parts can be used by others, why not. The procedure described in the book is painless and the donor can actually determine what is going on up to the point when his brain is sliced or taken.

Q2: If I had a teenager daughter or son who is unwanted, will I sign him/her up for unwinding?
A: Definitely no. In fact, I dont think it is fair for anybody to be tagged as @[email protected] in the first place.

Q3: If I needed to have a new body part, e.g., my left knee ACL that got torn while playing badminton last Feb or maybe a whole new knee or leg, will I actively apply for it if it is readily available?
A: Yes. However, I will not be actively supporting unwinding of teenagers against their will.

My goodness, answering those questions is proof enough that I was really affected by this shocking yet 100% entertaining book.


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Over dinner last week, I tried to explain the plot of Unwind to my friend Amy, a nurse.
So there was a civil war over reproductive rights.
Okay.
And to end the war, both sides agreed that there would be no more abortion.
Got it.
But then parents can decide to have their kids unwound at the age of 13.
Wait, what?
The technology exists so that every part of the child would go to another person.
How the...?
Including their skin, major and minor organs, etc.
...
A lot of kids whose parents have signed their unwind order run away.
Go back to the part about abortion being illegal but killing grown kids isnt.
Why are you asking a perfectly valid question? So anyway...
I dont blame her. The concept of Unwind requires a suspension of disbelief, but I think thats also what makes it successful. If theres one issue that can turn seemingly normal, rational people into fucking lunatics, its abortion. Abortion in rape cases? No, because legitimate rape doesnt lead to pregnancy. Lunacy. Discussing abortion outright is like staring straight into the sun. It wont go well. However, this dystopian future created by Neal Shusterman provides the perfect filter to discuss abortion and other topics.

I really enjoyed Unwind. Despite being an @[email protected] book, the issues dont take precedence over the story. I didnt stay up til 5am after driving from San Diego because of some pro-life or pro-choice message. I stayed up because I wanted to know what happened to Connor, Risa, and Lev. This is a suspenseful thriller about survival and, ultimately, childrens rights. I think teens would love this book because the story deals with the powerlessness of being under 18. Parents, regardless of their own shortcomings, can choose a childs fate. Some seal their kids fates by raising them in a belief system that requires them to sacrifice themselves. I thought my mom trying to get me to give 10% of my high school paycheck to the church was bad. Tithing in Unwind... much worse.

I love that this book made me think about organ transplants, adoption, life, death, Roe, Wade, all while I was biting off my nails because I was worried about the characters. Is someone going to sell out Connor and Risa? Where is Lev?? Unwind is a story that made me glad it wasnt plausible because the depiction of human nature was. It was a compelling, fascinating read, one that Im glad I didnt read earlier because the wait for the sequel wouldve driven me out of my mind -- more so than Megan Whalen Turner already has. Im ending this review now so I can finally get to UnWholly.

Note on the audiobook: I listened to the first half of the book on audiobook and the narrator was fantastic. I especially liked his interpretation of CyFy, who couldve easily been a confusing character but wasnt.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

This review appears on Young Adult Anonymous.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
4.5 stars. Have you ever finished a book and been left with an almost speechless feeling?

This is how Unwind made me feel. I thought that the concept of kids being @[email protected] (this is just a PC term for body parts being harvested/removed from unruly and unwanted kids) was an interesting and new story that I hadnt heard before. Unwinding results in the teens death, but it was explained in the book as a chance to @live [email protected] through other people.

I expected that the kids would fight to stay alive. I expected the kids would go on the run to avoid the inevitable. What I didnt expect was to be moved by the individual stories of the young adults that had to endure the process.

Shustermans writing style flowed from page 1. I found myself drawn immediately into the story. Each main character (Connor, Lev, and Risa) had a different story, and a different path to walk. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. It was quite possible that I felt just about every emotion there was to feel - from anger to warmth, then amusement, even some sadness... and then eventually hope.

It will be quite some time before book 2 is released in this series, but I look forward to following these characters into the next chapter of their story, and their fight against unwinding.


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Buddy Read with one of my bests, Katerina (Kat)!



In a perfect world everything would either be black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isnt a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.


Wow. I dont know what I expected....but it certainly wasnt that. I wasnt expecting a broken, tortured soul of a boy who would win my heart on page one. I didnt expect a fast-paced plot. I didnt expect disturbing and grotesque images that would haunt me forever. I didnt expect a heartbreaking romance that would be exactly what I needed. I didnt anticipate falling for all these flawed characters no matter their faults....and I certainly didnt expect that I would immediately want to start book two. But guess what? I got all of these things. And there wasnt a moment I didnt want to be reading this book.


People arent all good, and people arent all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives.


Is there a word for....HJhfjhfhdfhhfasdfjh? What would that be? Flabbergasted? Shocked? Bewildered? Extraordinary? Sure, this book wasnt without its flaws. There were parts of it I didnt even like. But I think that marks the work of a great book-that feeling when, even though there are little parts you wish you could skim, in the end, you are so enthralled by it you just. Dont. Care. Thats right where I am. These characters really meant something to me. And yes, I know I know, I am always talking about how much I love characters in a book Ive just read-but this is different. This was a case where, even if I hated certain characters, I ended up rooting for them in the end or feeling remorse for what happens to them. That doesnt happen with me...EVER. If I hate a character, I hate them. End of story.


The better to run. The better to hide. The better to lose himself now that darkness is his friend.


But what happens when the boy who annoyed the shit out of me becomes someone who I couldnt stand losing? What about the guy who, despite causing PROBLEM AFTER PROBLEM, broke my heart because he deserved so much better? And then theres Connor and Risa-their story, while not a main plot point, had me so enraptured that I couldnt see straight while I had to reside in the real world. These characters meant something to me-and not just on the surface-they touched me deeply and I cared about what happened to them to the bottom of my soul. This book was deep-it only fits that my feelings reflect that amount of depth.



Unwinds didnt go out with a bang-they didnt even go out with a whimper. They went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fingers.


And how does someone explain this book? Its dark. Its gritty. Its disturbing as fuck. Theres a chilly detachment that isnt often seen in YA stories. Parents sign their kids lives away just to get rid of a problem child or just because they didnt want another member in their family. And that, to me, is the creepiest part. Once you sign?? No negotiations-Your child is now due to be cut up into pieces for the betterment of the world. Someones lungs are no good? Awesome!!! We just removed a perfectly healthy left lung today! SOLD to the highest and most eligible bidder! It literally is that cold. Your son is misbehaving? Time for the juvey cops to come pick him up and transport him to the harvest camp of your choice! Lets name the camps something uplifting (or retarded) like Happy Jack. Perfection! Now kids wont be scared as their numbered days wind down (hardy har har) and they lose themselves piece by piece by piece.


@


Now, while I could go on and on and on about how creepy this whole process is, I think I need to move on to my favorite part of this story: Connor! You surely KNEW I wasnt going to skip gushing on my main man, right? If so, you are sadly mistaken. He was loyal. He was sad. He was determined. He would do anything to keep Risa (and even Lev) safe. From the moment I opened this book, I knew I was going to have a deep-rooted connection to this guy, this poor boy who just cant believe, despite his numerous fights and misbehaving, that his parents would sign him up to be unwound-and not even tell him about it!!!! As the story progressed, we got to see Connor become responsible for his actions and those around him. Some of the things he did were mistakes that might have changed the course of their journey for the worst, but one thing is consistent with his character: Every decision he made was with his heart. And thats why I truly loved him. His fierce loyalty to Risa and those that couldnt defend themselves was what broke my heart and kept me addicted to this book. Risa was a stubborn, determined little shit, but her hardheadedness was no match for that of Connors.


She takes her time, and seems more surefooted on the steps than she does on level ground. Connor tries to hold her arm to give her support, but she shakes him off, and throws him a nasty gaze. @If I want your help, Ill ask. Do I look feeble to [email protected]
@Actually, [email protected]
@Looks are deceiving,@ she says. @After all, when I saw you, I thought you looked reasonably [email protected]
@Very [email protected]



And one thing I cannot stand is when a story is so amazing, but has horrible writing. Well, this wasnt the case. I feel like excellent dystopian is so hard to find these days. Its my favorite genre, yet I rarely read them-why is that? Ill tell you why-so many authors think a fast pace and awesome plot are enough to excuse shaky or manipulative writing-but thats not the case at all, and we see that here with this novel. I am super picky before I pick up dystopian anymore, and this is exactly why: I found this excellent, disturbingly realistic portrayal of a futuristic society I would NEVER want to be part of. And not one moment was dull, wasted, or drawn out. It was what it was-stark, harsh, and bleak. No questions, no bending the rules, just cold, hard statistics and surgeries. It was fast-paced and without long scenes that were unnecessary, and every character played a part-sometimes they played too well into the hand they were dealt, and it cost some of them their lives. What would that be like, to be punished for being who you are? Youre manipulative-so is the government. Beat that.

So, yeah. This book wasnt without its flaws-Id be lying if I said there were parts I didnt like....but none of that compared to the overwhelming moments where I would cover my eyes and my mouth in horror, or when my heart would beat so fast it felt like I was losing breath-this book wasnt without its butterflies...duh. I do so love a fantastic and bleak dystopian romance. This book will not be for everyone-of that I am certain. But, for those of you wanting to try something different? This is the book for you. And I assure everyone: Just when you think you know whats going to happen and things couldnt get any worse? Youre wrong. You bet your ass on that.





For more of my reviews, please visit:
@descriptive
@descriptive







***********************






@

مشاهده لینک اصلی
*Taps Jeff on the shoulder, kindly asks permission to borrow the, “Worst Buddy Reader Ever Title.”*

Yep, I actually read this with a few pals a couple of months ago, but could never muster up the enthusiasm to write a review. I’ll now make a feeble attempt to shirk some of that blame onto my friends, because that’s the type of guy I am. So part of the reason for the delay was that several of said friends actually loved this one (it currently holds an insanely high 4.32 avg rating among 47 friends), while once again my blasé attitude got the best of me and left me cold. This story is yet another YA dystopian, which, to me at least, seems like a genre that is extremely oversaturated right now.

The synopsis might be a bit of a spoiler, although it’s stated right there on the book’s page. Unwind is set in the near future, where America has fought a second civil war over reproductive rights. The pro-life and pro-choice movements finally reached an agreement to make abortion illegal. However, children between the ages of thirteen to eighteen can be unwound, whereby every part of the child is harvested and donated to needy recipients. This would seem to be a major hurdle for the pro-lifers, but the crux is that “technically” life doesn’t end, it simply continues on in a divided state.

The story is told through alternating POVs of three teenagers who’ve all been designated for unwinding. Conner had poor grades, a lousy attitude, a quick temper, and was a real handful for his parents. In other words he was your typical teen. Risa grew up as a ward of the state, but lacked any special skills to set her apart from the group. Her piano playing wasn’t quite up to snuff, and there were plenty of younger kids for the state to focus their limited resources on, so difficult cuts had to be made. Lev grew up in an extremely religious family who believed in tithing all things to the Lord, and Lev just so happened to be lucky child number ten.

When Conner inadvertently discovered that his parents had signed the forms to have him unwound, he made a break for it. During his mad dash to freedom he sprinted across the freeway creating a massive accident which freed the other two. All three then teamed up in a desperate quest to somehow survive to the age of nineteen when they’ll be safe from unwinding.

Alright so, for me, this was a completely middle of the road YA dystopian. The premise was clever, and the story flies by at a breakneck pace, but there were a few head scratching parts that I couldn’t overlook. My first issue was with Conner’s storyline. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the thought that any parent could raise a child for sixteen years, then finally say, “I’m fed up, I can’t take any more, go ahead and cut him to pieces.” I can’t remember if there was any incentive laid out for unwinding your child, but is there any price a mother and father would accept? He wasn’t on drugs, or some psycho murderer, just a typical mouthy teen. No matter how annoying the boy was, how can they not tolerate his behavior for a mere three more years?

My second issue was that, at one point, while the three teens were on the run they picked up a child who’d been left on someone’s doorstep. They had no supplies to care for the child, no money, and they were running for their lives. It made absolutely no sense. It simply felt like a contrived way to complicate the plot.

But the greatest issue I had, was the whole idea that within each part of the unwound there resides some memory of his former life, ie he’s still alive in a divided state. So for example, say a donated arm can still remember how to juggle or do a card trick. In particular, I’m talking about the concept of Humphrey Dunfee (view spoiler)[whereby, if you bring enough of those donor recipients together, the person’s divided state can be made whole, and all those memories and personality will come flooding back.

(hide spoiler)]


Bottom line: The book began with a great hook, and if the author would have had the guts to follow through with that storyline and not allowed the kids to escape their fate, it could have set a darkly powerful tone. Of course being YA novel, it instead turned into another, “Us against the mad world,” chase type of adventure. Been there, done that. That said, chapter 61 is chilling and well worth the price of admission.

3 stars. Your mileage may vary, depending on how many of these types of stories you’ve read before.

Buddy read with Stepheny, Ginger, and Chris.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
کتاب های مرتبط با - کتاب گسسته


 کتاب قلب من و دیگر سیاهچاله ها
 کتاب نوری که نمی توانیم ببینیم
 کتاب تبصره 22
 کتاب تصرف عدوانی- داستانی درباره ی عشق
 کتاب پیش از سقوط
 کتاب ماناموکی: افسانه ای از یک سرزمین آرمانی