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In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would 'unwind' them. Perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES.

Unwinding: the process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive. Unwinding is now a common, and accepted, practice in society.

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker.
Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs.
Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth as part of his family's strict religion.

Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

If they can survive until their 18th birthday, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away...

"Gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller... The issues raised could not be more provocative - the sanctity of life, the meaning of being human - while the delivery could hardly be more engrossing or better aimed to teens."Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely"School Library Journal, starred review
"A breathless tale turning pages for teenage boys, as it challenges not just where life begins and ends, but what it means to be alive." Educ8 magazine
"a powerful, shocking, and intelligent novel... It's wonderful, wonderful stuff." The Bookbag
"This is the kind of rare book that makes the hairs on your neck rise up. It is written with a sense of drama that should get it instantly snapped up for film." The Times

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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 23.11mm | 261g
  • Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857079972
  • 9780857079978
  • 6,950

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* "A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely."--"School Library Journal", starred review
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About Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is a New York Times bestselling author and has written numerous award-winning books for children and young adults. His books include, The Skinjacker Trilogy (Everlost, Everwild and Everfound), Full Tilt, Unwind and Unwholly. He also writes screenplays and several of his books are now in development as films. Neal lives in Southern California when he's not travelling the globe, and can be found online at Storyman.com.
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206,078 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 45% (93,642)
4 33% (68,565)
3 15% (30,145)
2 4% (8,765)
1 2% (4,961)

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This book had been on my TBR for a very long time. Unwind was one of those poor books that I put off reading because I just cannot even imagine that it could be as good as everyone makes it seem. I mean, a book where people get unwound? What did that even mean?! But let me tell you, it really really is. It was riveting, it was adrenaline, it was anger and happiness. It was the closest thing to perfection that Iâ??ve read in a very long time. Neal Shusterman writes brilliantly and his storytelling is fantastic. He leaves things up to the imagination and doesnâ??t spoon-feed information. What is â??storkingâ??? What are â??clappersâ??? Youâ??ll just have to wait and see. At no point are you info-dumped, you just have to find the nuggets of information as you read. One minute I was like â??whoa thatâ??s deepâ??, and the next I was laughing. The way so many murky topics are discussed are so interesting as well. Abortion. Religion. Organ donation. Parenting. Nothing is black and nothing is white. Morally grey characters and topics are some of my all-time favourite things, and the way the story played with that was spectacular. Unwind is told in multiple POVs (mostly through the eyes of Connor, Risa and Lev; the three main characters), and each character has their own distinct voice. At no point did I get lost and have to go back to remind myself of who was talking. That doesnâ??t happen often. The character development for all three main characters was fantastic. They were all well-rounded and easy to relate to, and the way they grew throughout the story was A++. All of the secondary characters were fleshed out really well too. AND THE PLOT! The pacing is pretty much perfection. It was like a snowball, starting off the size of your palm and then finishing as big as a house. The last quarter or so of the book was INTENSE. I.N.T.E.N.S.E. Now I just need to get my hands on Unwholly.show more
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