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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind (2007)

by Neal Shusterman

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Series: Unwind (1)

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This is a good jump start to conversation about sexual responsibility. And a good story, too. I intend to continue the series. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
Must think on this before I review. I found it both disturbing and thought provoking. And i loved it, present tense and all. ( )
  taranator | Jul 11, 2017 |
A fantastic start to a fantastic series. The Unwind Dystology is my favorite book series, and it all started with Unwind back in high school. I loved it then, but I love it even more since the series has been completed.

Unwind is an emotional rollercoaster that gets more intense with each book you read. I cheered for these kids on their journey, wanting nothing more than for them to survive. Neal Shusterman does a great job with his characters and world building. I was very invested in both right from the get go and all the way to the end.

This book is also scary. I love fiction for the escape, but fiction like this is my favorite because it’s right on the cusp of reality. It makes you think and consider things maybe you wouldn’t have if you hadn’t read it.

This is the book that shot Neal Shusterman up to my #1 favorite author. It’s been that way for years now. I buy his books on the day they are released. ( )
  KestraPingree | Jul 10, 2017 |
I found this book to be very telling about how the future could be. We live in a throw away society and children are routinely treated as throw aways. The characters were clear, intelligent, and very believable. It is easy to forget while you are reading this book that it was written for teens. Very good story....well worth reading for any age. ( )
  luann1 | May 31, 2017 |
For some reason I thought I had reviewed this one.

I read Unwind right after reading The Hunger Games trilogy back to back to back. I shouldn't compare. But the writing was nowhere near as good as the writing in The Hunger Games trilogy. The characters were a little flat and the idea that parents would be perfectly okay to basically let the government kill their children and harvest their organs.

It's a little far fetched, but I read it all the way and I'm interested in reading the rest so something got me. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
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Let me start off by by saying that this is a really good book. I am having a really tough time getting through the first half of this book. Not because it's boring but because of how sickening it is. The idea of taking someone apart (willingly or other) is a really hard thing for me to stomach. That and the fact that the way this story is portrayed, unwinding is an actually feasible possibility in the real world. what's unwinding? Unwinding is when you take someone (they're always a minor), take their bodies apart, and send the parts off so that another person can have them. I bet you just reread that sentence, thinking: "what the hell?" but yeah, that's what it is.See, when they do this, it technically isn't murder, so to them that makes it okay. This is an interesting book that I am actively forcing myself to get through because I enjoy it just about as much as I am nauseated by it.
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"There are places you can go," Ariana tells him, "and a guy as smart as you has a decent chance of surviving to eighteen."
What he and Risa have isn't a relationship; it's just two people clinging to the same ledge hoping not to fall.
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In this futuristic society teenagers can be “unwound” for any number of reasons, including being a state ward or juvenile delinquency. When Connor finds out his parents have signed to order to have him unwound, he becomes a fugitive and accidentally frees a busload of other potential unwinds. He and his friend Risa must stay on the run until their 18th birthdays. With the help of some adults they find themselves in a colony of fugitives. But all is not well here, either, and it’s hard to tell who’s friend or foe.
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In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.

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