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Simon and Schuster, Jun 2, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 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.

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Good premise, good plot, g - Goodreads
Another promising idea ruined by bad writing. - Goodreads
Unwind is a gripping page turner by Neal Shusterman. - Goodreads
First of all, the prose was horribly sophomoric. - Goodreads
Character development was great. - Goodreads
The intro bored me and I wondered if I wasted my money. - Goodreads

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My mom literally threatened to take the book away until I did my homework and practiced piano. The overall concept is extremely disturbing and creepy and the writing style is a bit strange but once ... Read full review

Review: Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1)

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I find it hard to rate this book because one of the requirements of reading is accepting the concept of unwinding without understanding the governing rules. We find out at the very end of the book ... Read full review

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Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and The Schwa Was Here, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at Storyman.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.