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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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Unwind
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3.9 / 5
I couldn't finish this one
February 21st, 2015
How far I got: 28% DNF Explanation: Keep in mind throughout reading my DNF explanation that I am merely basing my opinions on the first 28% of the book. I found this book to have an unrealistic concept. I don't believe that parents would raise a child for 13-18 years only to have them "unwound," which is just their way of saying "killed" for the purposes of donating organs to others. This just doesn't seem plausible to me. The story starts off throwing the reader right into the action. Unfortunately, this doesn't leave much room for development of the story or the characters. The world building isn't the greatest. We don't really know much about the past or the war or how they came to the conclusion in the end that this "unwinding" idea is a better option than abortion. So, did anyone really win the war that was fought over abortion? It seems to me that the two sides must have settled to come to a compromise of sorts: no more abortion, but you can kill kids between the ages of 13 and 18 as long as their organs are donated to those in need? This way, at least it's not a complete waste? Oh, and we will brain wash people into thinking that we're not really killing the person, but each stays alive through his/her organs, just...separated. So, am I to assume this is how it went and there was no true winner of the war? The whole concept of "storking" is ridiculous. The law of storking is that a mother can place her newborn baby on the doorstep of a stranger and then that stranger is legally bound to raise the child. Umm...what? Seriously? So, the mother has the option of giving up her baby, but these strangers that just wake up to this baby in front of their house do not have an option? That's messed up. Oh, and if the mother is caught placing the baby on the step, she no longer has this option and legally has to take the baby back. Can you tell I'm not a fan of this whole concept? The character development is practically non-existent. I feel like I know next to nothing about each of these characters. So, how am I to get into the story and root for them? Of course, I can see they are in a shitty situation, but other than that I have no reason to root for them. I want to know them so I can really root them on! Needless to say, I am not a fan of this book. So, I resolved to putting it down.
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Unwind
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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Warped.
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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Favourite
July 22nd, 2013
Such a unique book, couldn't stop reading it!!!! One of my all time favorite books!
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Just read
June 9th, 2013
Favourite book in book club this year!
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Unwind
June 3rd, 2013
Best book everrr
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