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Three teens fight for their lives and each other in this breathtakingly suspenseful first book in the twisted, New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman.After America's Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement. According to their Bill of Life, human life may not be terminated from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. But between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, the child may be gotten rid of by their parent through a process called "unwinding." By repurposing a teen's organs and other body parts in living recipients, the unwound child's life doesn't technically end. According to society's leaders, unwinding leads to a healthier and safer community, as troublesome and unwanted teens are used for the greater good. Curtis is a rebel whose unwinding was ordered by his parents. Rita, a ward of the state, has been slated for unwinding due to cost cutting. And Lev, his parents' tenth child, has been destined for unwinding since birth as a religious tithe. As their paths intersect, they start to fight for their own destinies. But do they stand a chance of escaping their fate or proving their lives are worth saving?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 25mm | 318g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • f-c cvr
  • 1416912053
  • 9781416912057
  • 11,458

Review quote

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

213,739 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 46% (97,670)
4 34% (71,703)
3 15% (31,274)
2 4% (8,607)
1 2% (4,485)

Our customer reviews

FavouriteQuote: "What's that expression? The devil you know is better than the one you don't?" I have heard a lot of hype surrounding this book and for once I can say, that I completely understand why! It was a really, really good book! A 5/5 stars from me! The best thing about this book for me, was the unique dystopian world that Neal Shusterman created. It was horrific but interesting all at the same time. The world building was steady through-out the book, pieces of information are revealed in each chapter. This was great because it isn't all dumped on you at once and you could understand all the laws and rules of this new world. The plot was good not amazing but I felt all the individual plot lines melted into each other very well. Some of the book was fast-paced with a lot of action scenes, they were written very well! There were a couple of twists that I didn't expect, but for most of the book it was a bit predictable. Neverless I did throughly enjoy it! For once in a book I actually liked all of the main characters! There were all unique and individual, with their own stories that showed the different sides to the dystopian world. Connor was my favourite because he was the flawed hero and I loved everything about him! With Risa I felt we didn't hear enough about her or from her but I still liked what we got! And then there's Len who I hated at the beginning but grew to like towards the end, he's a tormented soul! Overall I cannot wait to see how these characters are dealing with their life changes in the next book! I highly recommend this for people who love dystopian books or are just looking for a good adventure!show more
by brookexx
In his chilling new novel, Neal Shusterman paints a picture of a world where there aren't any cures and doctors, just surgeons and replacements. Three unwanted teenagers face a fate worse that death -- unwinding. Their bodies will be cut up, and every part of them used, from their brains to their toes. But if they can stay out of the authorities' clutches until the age of eighteen, they just might survive.... The most frightening science fiction novels are always the ones that are most similar to our world. Shusterman doesn't fail to describe how a wrong solution to a modern issue can affect generations to come. Thought-provoking, terrifying, and almost inconceivable, UNWIND will keep you reading late into the night. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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