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Unwind

Format:  Hardcover,

335 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Nov 2007

ISBN-13: 9781416912040

ISBN-10: 1416912045

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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
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 three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.
In "Unwind," "Boston Globe/Horn Book" Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

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Author:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 9781416912040
ISBN-10: 1416912045
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 335
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3
Walmart No.: 9781416912040

About the author

Biography of Shusterman, Neal

Neal Shusterman graduated from the University of California, Irvine with degrees in psychology and drama. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal and a screenwriting job. He has written numerous books including The Dark Side of Nowhere, Red Rider's Hood, The Shadow Club, The Shadow Club Rising, The Eyes of Kid Midas, Shattered Sky, Unwind, and Antsy Does Time. He also writes the following series: Skinjacker Trilogy and Star Shards Chronicles. As a screen and television writer, he has written for the Goosebumps and Animorphs television series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie Pixel Perfect.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-10-14)

In the not-so-distant future, everyone has an absolute right to life--unless your parents decide on the do-over option. Between your 13th and 18th birthdays, they can have you "unwound", your pieces and parts extracted and recycled for the donor market. Why It Is Great: The unwound are kept alive until the very end of the harvesting process. A single scene made this book one of the scariest reads published for teens last year.

Why It Is for Us: Shusterman's exploration of good intentions gone very, very bad will resonate with adult readers frustrated by the prochoice/prolife debate. The premise falls down in a few, significant places, but the book will still reward fans of dystopia sf.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Nevada Young Reader's Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, 2009 - 2010 (United States)
  • Iowa Teen Award, 2011 - 2012 (United States)
  • Great Lakes' Great Books Award, 2009 - 2010 (United States)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • California Young Reader Medal, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Beehive Young Adults' Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Sequoyah Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2011 (United States)
  • Maryland Children's Book Award, 2009 - 2010 (United States)
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2009 (United States)

Book description

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them

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 three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until theireighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5 Great Story I read this book when I was a senior in high school. which is a odd thing for me to say about any book, as I could never seem to find a book to hold my attention. The story starts a little slow but after the first couple chapters it gets better. The characters are well thought out, and described. I was unaware that there was a "sequal" , for lack of a better word, to this book until about a week ago so now I am looking forward to reading the next part of this story. Oh by the way I gave it 4 stars because it takes a few pages to get interesting. 02/08/2013
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