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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 doesnand#8217;t and#8220;technicallyand#8221; 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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends.

Synopsis:

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. In this work, "Boston Globe/Horn Book" Award-winner Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life--not just where life begins and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

Synopsis:

A death-defying tropical adventure delivers a frightening message about dabbling with creation from the talented author of Origin.

On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.

Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. She enlists hunky charter pilot Jim Julien to take her there. But once on the island, Sophie and Jim encounter more than they bargained for, including a charming, brilliant Vitro named Nicholas and an innocent, newly awoken one named Lux.

In a race for their lives, Sophie and Jim are about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

 

Synopsis:

Kylas memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. Shes been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.

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"Plot drives this book from the start to the rousing climax and surprise resolution. Humor will engage readers' interest while the ever-increasing suspense will keep it."Kirkus Reviews

"The ecological theme and the trendy device of investing a teen with superpowers will doubtless please the author's many fans."Booklist

"Will sit especially well with readers who prefer their speculative fiction to be character-driven, and they'll appreciate the compelling exploration of the ways the hopeful can cope with uncertainty."The Bulletin

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Kathy Conley, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Kathy Conley)
Unwind is a great suspenseful and gory novel for young adults. I've had many a student argue over who would be checking out the novel next. It brings up great topics for discussion: abortion, euthanasia, adoption, and many others. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but that isn't unusual when a book is so engaging. I haven't read the sequel, but it's on my list.
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MrsChocolateMalfoy, November 2, 2013 (view all comments by MrsChocolateMalfoy)
This book has a very chilling effect on the read. The most shocking thing about this book is that it is so well written that it actually seems like it could be happening right now. Everything else in society is fairly normal like it is now, with the exception of unwinding and a few other minor details. Shusterman does an excellent job at portraying this concept without creating an entirely differently world in the process. It was a very shocking read and, to some extent, did change my perspective on the world once I had finished it.
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Beverly B, February 22, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Unwind is disturbing, but not because of the science fiction elements, but because of the political elements. The world has been brainwashed into believing that it is patriotic and an act of selflessness to hand over to the government any teenager who has not lived up to his/her parents expectations so the teen's body parts and organs can be used for transplants. Connor has always had trouble following instructions from adults, so when he discovers his father's plan to send him away to be "unwound", he runs away. While running from the cops, he causes a major freeway pile up, giving foster kid, Risa, the opportunity to escape from the bus taking her to be unwound. And amidst the pile up, Connor spots Lev, also on his way to being unwound, and kidnaps him to save him. The three teens, from three very different backgrounds, decide to help each other stay hidden and survive until the age of 18 when they will be safe from unwinding. From this exciting inciting event forward, the story is suspenseful and action packed. Where ever Connor goes, chaos and trouble follow.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416912057
Author:
Shusterman, Neal
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Author:
Bell, Hilari
Author:
Terry, Teri
Author:
Khoury, Jessica
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Horror
Subject:
Fugitives from justice
Subject:
Revolutionaries
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
series; abortion; dystopian; government; death; dying; unwind; religion;andnbsp;soul; science fiction; thriller; organ donation; prosthetics; orthopedic; feral; dysfuntional family; birth control; runaway; AWOL; Akron;andnbsp;Ohio; tithe;andnbsp;controver
Subject:
series; abortion; dystopian; government; death; dying; unwind; religion; soul; science fiction; thriller; organ donation; prosthetics; orthopedic; feral; dysfuntional family; birth control; runaway; AWOL; Akron; Ohio; tithe; controversial
Subject:
finale; series; abortion; dystopian; government; religion; dying; unwind; death; soul; science fiction; thriller; organ donation; prosthetics; orthopedic; feral; dysfuntional family; birth control; runaway; AWOL; Akron
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint
Series:
Unwind Dystology
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 352 pages Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - English 9781416912057 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. In this work, "Boston Globe/Horn Book" Award-winner Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life--not just where life begins and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
"Synopsis" by ,
A death-defying tropical adventure delivers a frightening message about dabbling with creation from the talented author of Origin.

On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.

Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. She enlists hunky charter pilot Jim Julien to take her there. But once on the island, Sophie and Jim encounter more than they bargained for, including a charming, brilliant Vitro named Nicholas and an innocent, newly awoken one named Lux.

In a race for their lives, Sophie and Jim are about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Kylas memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. Shes been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.
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