Unwind - Neal Shusterman


By Neal Shusterman

  • Release Date: 2009-06-02
  • Genre: Coming of Age
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 856 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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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Latest Impressions

  • In Love!!!

    By GladysRebecca
    I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! I’m not a big reader but I couldn’t put this book down. I love the structure of this book and this is by far one of the most favorite books I’ve ever read. I love the suspense that it creates and I could just reread this book over and over again.
  • Ugh.

    By JohnTrollinski
    The entire premise of the book is unrealistic, the tropes within are used in perhaps the most trite manner I have ever seen, there's a whole thing about trying to act like racism's been fixed in the world when really all that happened was "white" and "black" got replaced with new words, and the book really just can't seem to decide on whether or not the whole unwinding thing is good or bad, what with the whole scene of the kid's parts being brought all together again? It all comes together as a flaming hot mess that's not worth the trouble of reading, and doesn't even leave a compelling hook to sell a continuation of the series, as if the other books were an afterthought, and if I had to guess they're likely equally trite if not worse. If you're that desperate to see what happens next, try TVTropes, it might actually entertain you in the process, unlike this book.
  • Shusterman never disappoints me

    By Elizabeth200263
    At first I thought that this was going to be another one of those teenage dystopian books that are basically the same. Once I got through the first 20% I literally could not put my phone down and spent four hours straight finishing the book. The plot is tightly-woven, that Shusterman embeds small details that make you go OH SO THAT’S WHAT IT WAS FOR later on. This book contemplates human nature as they relate to pro-life and pro-choice parties. Who is really right? Does the right answer really matter? And what if the process of convincing one another leads to a disastrous result that neither side wanted in the first place? What happens to those that suffer the consequences?
  • Simply awesome

    By sgmewhinney
    Once you start, no kidding, you can’t put it down.
  • I read this book when I 13

    By SmokeyAshes
    I read this when I was 13 and just remembered some of the plot. After deciding to reverse search some of the plot I found the title. This book is great.
  • Huh

    By 47201938347290193746492046
  • Captivating

    By JustMeee🎀👑
    I could see something like this happening in real life. This book is perfectly written.
  • Amazing book

    By offer gang
    I was reading this book for my summer reading from school and I thought it was a great book
  • Amazing Book

    By PancakesFather
    This is a great book. Totally worth the money. 👍
  • Love this book!

    By nm489
    One of the best books I have read in a long time. I have actually read the first three and they are all very good. I’m really looking forward to the next one! Neal Shusterman is an amazing author. I highly recommend reading this series, you won’t be disappointed.