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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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3.9 / 5
December 7th, 2014
I'm not sure how I feel about this 1. I enjoyed the characters the story was good but for me I was hoping there'd be more to the 'unwinding' (to avoid spoilers let's say I was hoping for a gorier read) overall its was still a good read.if your into survival and a touch of romance check this 1 out.
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January 22nd, 2014
This is a dystopian novel that will engage and challenge your belief about the value of human life. In a society where teens can be "unwound" (have their organs taken from their bodies) as a decision from their parents or the state, it follows the stories of key kids who have very different histories bit the same fate. The book explains how the society became like this and how the pro life and pro choice armies came to this conclusion as a suitable option for the world to peacefully function. Follow the story as the kids grapple with their futures and try to stay alive. A very thought provoking book which I highly recommend.
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A great dystopia book!
December 25th, 2013
A little more gory than some of the other dystopia books. Great storey and characters.
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December 14th, 2013
So this book had one of the most twisted and disturbing premises I've ever heard. Parents who can choose to Dissemble children for spare parts? That's messed up. And the fact that you legally have to be conscious while they do it? Even more morbid. Very original and I'm impressed by such a unique idea. However. .. The style of the story and the way it was written did not leave as great an impact as it could have. The idea had such great potential. I think it could have been more effective if it were told from the first person of each character. The third person format didn't allow you to connect with the characters the way you should have. I would still recommend this book.
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June 9th, 2013
Favourite book in book club this year!
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