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The first twisted and futuristic novel in the perennially popular New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman. In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called unwinding. Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn't "technically" end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound. With breathtaking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents' tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines complex moral issues that will keep readers turning the pages until the very end.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 25mm | 318g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • 1416912053
  • 9781416912057
  • 10,944

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

181,030 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 46% (84,128)
4 33% (59,805)
3 15% (26,277)
2 4% (7,147)
1 2% (3,673)

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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