The third in the series…
Genre Fiction (Science Fiction)
Sunday 27th April – Monday 28th April (2 days)
2 morning, 1 afternoon, 1 evening.
I thought this was the last in the trilogy, but it turns out this is the 3rd in the dystology, with a novella available (Unstrung – telling the story of Lev between being a tithe and a clapper) and the last in the series being released this year (Undivided).
I wish I had know as I was a little confused about what had happened to Lev, and now I know there’s a novella, it’s on my list.
So, without spoiling too much, this is the first half of the last book, telling the story of Lev, Connor, Risa and others, and their journey to find the truth behind the conspiracy. Unwinding is a process where any parent can choose to have their children unwound between the ages of 13-18, where they are basically stripped for parts. Medical technology is advanced enough where all of your organs, limbs, body parts etc. can be taken and grafted onto or into another human being, meaning that people are living longer and longer.
In response to the Homeland War, where pro-choice fought pro-life, it was decided that abortion would be outlawed, but parents could choose to have their child unwound at the age of 13. In the first book we are led to believe that this is an answer to the abortion problem, but as we find out more though out the series, we realise there is more to it, that (as is often the case) it’s a system of control over the populate, in particular the teenage population who had rebelled and rioted in the past. And as with most “answers” and “solutions”… this one doesn’t exactly work, with children being unwound to cut costs as orphanages, babies being “storked” (left on doorsteps), and a black market for teenagers and “parts”.
I like the questions that this brings up about many different issues and ideas, our obsession with prolonging life, being perfect, abortion, the sanctity of life, when does life end, souls… a very interesting series, with a lot to think about, with nicely developed characters, well written and easy to get lost in! I read this book in almost two sittings – I started it whilst not very well in bed one day, read most of the book in one go between naps!
Next book: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch