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Unwind (Unwind Dystology Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

46 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

Shockingly Good

Imagine life in the future. The Second Civil War, also known as ¿The Heartland War¿ has been fought and eventually resolved by certain constitutional amendments known as ¿The Bill of Life.¿ So while human life may not be touched from conception until the age of thirteen...
Imagine life in the future. The Second Civil War, also known as ¿The Heartland War¿ has been fought and eventually resolved by certain constitutional amendments known as ¿The Bill of Life.¿ So while human life may not be touched from conception until the age of thirteen, a child may be retroactively aborted between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. This process, known as ¿unwinding¿ doesn¿t technically end life, but separates all the body parts to be used for medical transplants. In this futuristic society, unwinding alters the meaning of life. Unwinding is the fate set for three teens that meet by chance. Connor has always been a troublemaker, and his parents have finally had enough. Risa is a ward of the state, and budget cuts have forced Risa into this situation. Lev is the only one of the three who doesn¿t see unwinding as a terrible thing rather, as a tithe, he accepts that being unwound is his purpose in life. In a deadly car crash, these teens escape the fate that awaits them at harvest camps and flee for their lives (although Lev is more of a kidnappee). In this incredible and thought-provoking novel, Neal Shusterman questions what it means to be human and the value of life. Unwind may see like just a unique action novel, but it is so much more. The desperation, danger, and running-for-your-life sequences may thrill the action lover, but the story is more profound than that. It was actually quite difficult for me to read this novel because of the horrible atrocity called unwinding. Half the time, I couldn¿t even believe how inhuman some of the characters were to commit these morally wrong acts. What relieved me, though, was that for every bad thing, there was something good the random acts of kindness strangers performed for the fugitives sometimes brought tears to my eyes. This novel revolves around the controversial topic of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, because it focuses on the sacredness of life. However, Shusterman does not take the topic from a religious or scientific perspective, but bases this book around moral everyone should have: everyone deserves the right to live and not just in the scientific sense that all your body parts are functioning, but living as a whole. All this was channeled into the lives of runaways who were slated to be unwound in this unforgettable story. I can¿t really explain how amazing this novel was you¿ll just have to read it for yourself to understand. Just know that although most of the novel was pretty depressing, the story ends on a hopeful note. Fans of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer will also enjoy this novel.

posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

Confused

I dont want to buy it and then not like it. Should i buy it?

posted by 10552750 on July 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Confused

    I dont want to buy it and then not like it. Should i buy it?

    12 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    A True Masterpiece

    Neal Shusterman's Unwind is a true contemporary American classic. It goes far beyond just simply story-telling. It is very similar to Animal Farm. It is so much deeper than its plot. It deserves to be ranked with Catcher in the Rye and The Diary of Anne Frank. It should be mandatory reading for all high school and college students. Neal Shusterman is absolutely the John Steinbeck of Young Adult Fiction.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Quick read

    Exciting plot and great concept

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Pretty good

    I read this last month. I liked it. The multiple narrators gave it some spunk. It wasnt as good as every one is claiming though. The ending was the best part.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Creepy but Satisfying

    Interesting plot....I honestly thought the book was going to be alot more sci-fi than it actually was. Good book though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    it was school reading required and at first i was like heck no i

    it was school reading required and at first i was like heck no i am not reading this  but after i got through the chapter where Roland is
    getting unwound i was like okay this is some what good but it will make you freak the heck out when you read it
     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Question

    Is this book similar to the movie "never let me go"?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Creepy book

    I like the book... kinda creepy and hard to believe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Love Umm

    Could be longer

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Good read

    The idea behind it was fantastic...just wish there was a little more depth. Not what I expected.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Good book!

    A very good book with a clever concept. It definitely kept me entertained while stuck at jury duty for 8 hours! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Advice

    Is this book worth 8$? Someone pls respond!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Page turner

    Interesting snd thought provoking

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