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Neal Shusterman
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Unwind (#1 Unwind Dystology)

Neal Shusterman


Simon & Schuster

Science Fiction » Sci-Fi Alternate History;
Science Fiction » Young Adult;
Young Adult » Young Adult Science Fiction


335 pages

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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.

By:   Neal Shusterman
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781416912057
ISBN 10:   1416912053
Series:   Unwind Dystology
Pages:   335
Publication Date:   June 2009
Recommended Age:   From 13 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The power of the novel lies in what it doesn't do: come down explicitly on one side or the other. -- The New York Times Book Review Nail-biting, character-driven thriller. -- The Horn Book Poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying, this book will enjoy popularity with a wide range of readers. -- VOYA , 4Q4P Well-written, this draws the readers into a world that is both familiar and strangely foreign, and generates feelings of horror, disturbance, disgust and fear. As with classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 , one can only hope that this vision of the future never becomes reality. -- Kirkus Reviews * A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely. -- School Library Journal , starred review Following in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Shusterman uncorks a Modest Proposal of his own to solve a Pro-Life/Pro-Choice dilemma...ingeniously developed cast and premise. -- Booklist * 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 The shocking premise is unveiled immediately, and a nail-biting pace is sustained throughout, with the teens flung headlong into a true life-or-death struggle...these haunting debates will likely linger in the reader's mind even after the riveting plot ideal blend of philosophy and action set in a compelling futuristic landscape. -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Winner of Green Mountain Book Award 2010
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