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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind (2007)

by Neal Shusterman

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3.5/5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
Ah, yes.

The YA dystopian novel. I've figured out I'm just really not into this genre at all.

I thought the story was solid and I did finish reading it, but the story or characters didn't really stick with me.

I thought the concept was interesting, but overall, I really just wasn't drawn into the story at all. I ended up giving it away because I knew I'd never read it again.

I feel like lots of other people totally love this book, and if you like YA dystopian novels, then you'll love this. But this book and this genre just really aren't for me at all. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Keep your head covered and the moralistic bashing might not hurt you too badly.

Very interesting concept, and I certainly can see the attraction of unwinding some of the azzhats I see bumming around the streets, but it does take a huge (Huge) suspension of disbelief to buy into the underlying concept of this novel.

I am not sure which part I couldn't accept: that a parent *would* unwind a 13 year old they raised from birth, or that any parent would *not* unwind a surly 17 year old.

Lots of room for exploration of more adult themes which were not touched on here in any depth: selection based on race, gender, orientation, disability, etc. And, really, would our world be the same in every other manner if we unwound unwanted teens? Or would our entire mode of existence have to be altered to accommodate this?

Anyway, it is YA, so no deep thoughts on the nature of a society that would allow unwinding, but, otherwise, it is kinda interesting and, while we really don't care about most of the characters, I think that is the point... ( )
  crazybatcow | Aug 22, 2016 |
This book has a pretty controversial plot line, but I thougt it was excellent. It's about a society where the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life groups come to an agreement. Abortion of infants is no longer legal, however, when a child reaches the age of 13, if the parents so choose, the child will be unwound. Unwound, meaning they are taken apart piece by piece and harvested for other uses. If the child can reach the age of 18, by law, they can't be unwound. The book follows three unwinds on a journey to escape being unwound, and ultimately find a purpose for their lives that their parents so willingly gave away. ( )
  amyghilton | Jul 27, 2016 |
Loved it- crazy, unusaul, exciting, and interesting. ( )
  karconner | Jul 5, 2016 |
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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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