I've been a fan of Neal Shusterman ever since I read What Daddy Did. I think one sign of a good book is how long readers remember it and I read that title when it first came out in 1991. This book is very compelling and offers social commentary as well as a gripping story. I get tired of too many dystopian books but this one really resonated, I think because there was enough of it that was at least somewhat plausible. The characters really grew on me, especially the three "unwinds" who were thrown together from the first chapter. This book makes you think about changes in society that could develop due to the intense polarization and lack of middle ground that marks our country today. I think it's a good read for anybody from 7th grade and through adults, though it's true niche is YA. And then look at Shusterman's other titles. He's come a long way since that first book.
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