UnwindBook - 2007 | First edition.
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.
From Library Staff
In the world of our three protagonists, unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts. Three teens try to escape their Unwinding in this harrowing tale.
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LoganLib_Dove thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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"I was never going to amount to much anyway, but now, statistically speaking, there's a better chance that some part of me will go on to greatness somewhere in the world. I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless."
- Samson Ward
"if you're asking if we have a cause, we don't, so get that out of your head."
"'cause 'all the king's horses and all the kings men . . . couldn't put Humphrey together again.'"
“[...] every time he forces himself to think before acting, it's her voice in his head telling him to slow down. He wants to tell her, but she's always so busy in the medical jet—and you don't just go to somebody and say, "I'm a better person because you're in my head.”
"Looks are deceiving," Risa says. "After all, when I first saw you I thought you looked reasonably intelligent."
"I'm scared," he says.
"I know," says the nurse.
"I want you all to go to Hell."
"You can't change laws without first changing human nature.'
You can't change human nature without first changing the law.'
SummaryAdd a Summary
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end.
A dystopian Future based after a civil war, not to far away, in which beginning at the age 13 kids can be literally unwound, meaning they are taken apart, and sold for individual parts to those who need them, making it unnecessary to cure diseases, but rather to replace the infected portion of the body. a new form of terrorists known as "clappers" detonate explosives inside their blood mainly by clapping. parents are now able to leave unwanted infants at other people's doors as long as they're not caught. the simply wrong ideas in this book will not allow you to put it down.
In a horrifying not too distant future, unruly teenagers can be unwound. This means that their entire bodies are taken apart and donated to other people, and they are told they get to live on in "a divided state." It won't take long for you to get on side with Connor, the young protagonist who runs from his unwinding. He meets a few other young people along the way..This very dystopic tale continues in the sequel Unwholly. Highly creepy, super exciting and just not put-downable!
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a scene when someone is being “unwound” and they are awake during the entire process. I don’t recommend this for young children.
Other: Some disturbing parts in the book. Not recommended for young children