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Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) (Paperback)

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Let me start off by saying that there is something about the way Neal Shusterman writes that is magical. All of his stories have transported me into a world that I find myself, strangely, wanting to be a part of. This book starts some time after the Second Civil War, which was fought over reproductive rights. The result: Life is inviolable from conception. That is, until the child reaches the age of thirteen. From then until the child reaches the age of eighteen, parents can have their child “unwound.” All they have to do is fill out the paperwork, and the unwinding process beings. One of the things that I liked about this book was the way Shusterman kept you in the dark about how some things worked until just the right moment. One of those being just what exactly happens to someone when they are “unwound.” When that moment came in the book, where you finally get to see just what an “unwound” goes through, it was… haunting to say the least. That is the only word I can think of to describe that moment. I have come to expected nothing less from Neal Shusterman. -Victoria

Description


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.

About the Author


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 Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves. Visit Neal at StoryMan.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.

Praise For…


* "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


* "A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely."--School Library Journal, starred review



"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



"Poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying, this book will enjoy popularity with a wide range of readers."--VOYA, 4Q4P



"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



"Nail-biting, character-driven thriller."--The Horn Book



"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 fades...an ideal blend of philosophy and action set in a compelling futuristic landscape."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416912057
ISBN-10: 1416912053
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2009
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Unwind Dystology