I finished "Unwind" last week. What a book! I found it thought-provoking, compelling, disturbing, and ultimately haunting. I find myself thinking of it at the oddest times. The action and tension never let up, and I found each different persepective equally interesting. A few parts of the story seemed to fit a little oddly, like they were stuck in there just to illustrate another aspect of the debate, but overall it covered a lot of very relevant issues. Part of me wants to think that after living with a child for 15 or so years, a parent would be too attached to do something like that - I know many mothers choose not to abort their children after simply seeing an ultrasound. On the other hand, when I was living in Nebraska a couple years ago, we passed a "Safe Haven" law, allowing parents to abandon their children at hospitals with few repercussions (not too different from "storking" in the story). I remember one mother drove in from somewhere on the East Coast to drop off her teenage son. They finally had to have a special session of the legislature to amend the law to stop the flood of children being abandoned to our foster care system. Perhaps that's what I found most disturbing of all about this book - for as terrible as it seems, the premise is too close to reality for comfort.
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