UnDivided (Unwind Dystology Series #4)

UnDivided (Unwind Dystology Series #4)

by Neal Shusterman

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Overview

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman that Horn Book Magazine calls “ambitious, insightful, and devastating—a fitting conclusion to a provocative series.”

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

“Everything culminates in an action-packed, heart-wrenching conclusion guaranteed to chill readers to the bone” (Kirkus Reviews).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481409773
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Unwind Dystology Series , #4
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 44,784
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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 newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at Storyman.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.

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UnDivided


  • A tranq tears past his head so close that his earlobe is skinned from the friction. A second tranq flies just beneath his armpit—he actually sees it flaring past—hitting the trash can in the alley ahead of him with a dull clank.

    It’s raining. The sky has torn loose with a late summer storm of near biblical proportions, but the storm is his best friend today because the relentless torrents hinder the Juvey-cops in pursuit. The sheets of rain make it harder for them to get a bead on him.

    “Running will only make it worse for you, son,” calls one of the Juvies.

    He’d laugh at that if he could catch his breath. If he’s caught, he’ll be unwound; what could possibly be worse than that? And calling him “son”? How can a Juvey-cop have the nerve to call him “son” when the world no longer sees him as a child of the human race. As far as humanity is concerned, he’s an object. A bag of biomatter ripe for salvage.

    There are two, maybe three Juvey-cops chasing him. He won’t turn to count them; when you’re running for your life, desperate to remain undivided, it doesn’t matter whether there’s one, or ten, or a hundred Juvey-cops behind you. All that matters is that they’re behind you—and that you run faster.

    Another tranq whizzes past, but it’s not as close as the others. The Juvies are getting sloppy in their aggravation. Good. He passes an overstuffed trash can and dumps it over, hoping to slow their pursuit even more. The alley seems to go on forever. He never remembered the streets of Detroit having back alleys this long. The end finally comes into view maybe fifty yards ahead, and he’s already visualizing freedom. He’ll explode out of the alley into the city traffic. Maybe he’ll cause a car accident, like the Akron AWOL. Maybe he’ll find a tithe to use as a human shield like he did. Maybe he’ll even pair up with a beautiful accomplice too. These thoughts push purpose into his bone-tired body, and speed into his strides. The Juvies fall farther behind, and now he has a spark of the AWOL’s most valuable commodity: hope. It’s something in short supply for those who have been deemed not worth the sum of their parts.

    In an instant, however, that hope is eclipsed by the silhouettes of two more Juvey-cops blocking his exit from the alley. They’ve got him trapped. He turns to see the others closing in behind him. Unless he can sprout wings and fly, it’s over for him.

    Then, from a dark doorway beside him, he hears—

    “Hey, you! Over here!”

    Someone grabs his arm, pulling him in through an open door just as a volley of tranqs shoot past.

    His mysterious savior closes the door, locking out the Juvies—but what good will that do? Being surrounded in a building is just as bad as being trapped in an alley.

    “This way,” says the guy who saved him. “Down here.”

    He leads him down rickety stairs to a dank basement. The AWOL takes a moment to size up his savior in the dim light. He seems to be three or four years older than him—eighteen, maybe even twenty. He’s pale and thin, with dark stringy hair, and weak sideburns longing to be a beard, but failing to bridge the gap.

    “Don’t be scared,” the guy says. “I’m an AWOL too.”

    Which seems unlikely, as he appears to be too old—on the other hand, kids who’ve been AWOL for a year or more tend to look older. It’s as if time ticks by twice as quickly for them.

    In the basement, there’s a rusty sewer cap that’s been opened, and the dark hole, which couldn’t be more than a foot wide, emits a malevolent odor.

    “Down you go!” says the stringy-haired dude, as cheery as Santa about to go down the chimney.

    “Are you kidding me?”

    From upstairs comes the report of the door being kicked in, and suddenly that sewer hole doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. He squeezes through, having to wiggle his hips and shoulders to fit. It feels like being swallowed by a snake. The stringy-haired dude slides in after him, then pulls the sewer cap closed, with a scrape of metal on concrete, sealing out the Juvies, without leaving a trace of where they went.

    “They’ll never find us down here,” his strange savior says with a confidence that makes the AWOL believe him. The kid turns on a flashlight to illuminate the space around them. They’re in a six-foot cylindrical sewer main that is wet with runoff from the storm, but doesn’t seem to actually be in use. It still smells rank, but not as bad as it seemed from the other side.

    “So whaddaya think?” the straggly-haired kid says. “It’s an escape worthy of Connor Lassiter, right?”

    “I don’t think the Akron AWOL would climb into a sewer.”

    The kid grunts and leads them to a place where the sewer line is fractured, and they climb out into a concrete utility conduit that’s hung with wires and lined with hot steam pipes, which make the air oppressive.

    “So who are you?” the AWOL asks his rescuer.

    “Name’s Argent,” he says, “Like ‘sergeant’ without the S.” He holds out his hand for the AWOL to shake, then turns and leads the way down the steamy, narrow conduit. “This way, it’s not far.”

    “Not far to where?”

    “I got a pretty sweet setup. Hot food and a comfortable place to sleep.”

    “Sounds too good to be true.”

    “I know, doesn’t it?” Argent offers him a smile almost as greasy as his hair.

    “So what’s your story? Why’d you risk your ass for me?”

    Argent shrugs. “Isn’t much of a risk when you know you’ve got ’em outsmarted,” he says. “Anyway, I figure it’s my civic duty. I escaped from a parts pirate a while back, now I help others less fortunate than myself. And it wasn’t just any parts pirate I got away from—it was the ex-Juvey-cop who Connor Lassiter tranq’d with his own gun. He got drummed out of the force, and now he sells the kids he catches on the black market.”

    The AWOL reaches through his memory for the name. “That Neilson guy?”

    “Nelson,” Argent corrects, “Jasper T. Nelson. And I know Connor Lassiter too.”

    “Really,” says the AWOL, dubiously.

    “Oh, yeah—and he’s a real piece of work. A total loser. I showed him hospitality like I’m showing you, and he did this to my face.”

    Only now does the AWOL see that the left half of Argent’s face is badly damaged from wounds that are still healing.

    “I’m supposed to believe that the Akron AWOL did that?”

    Argent nods. “Yeah, when he was a guest in my storm cellar.”

    “Right.” Obviously the guy is making all of this up, but the AWOL doesn’t challenge him any further. Best not to bite the hand that’s about to feed him.

    “Just a little farther,” says Argent. “You like steak?”

    “Whenever I can get it.”

    Argent gestures to a breach in the concrete wall through which cool air spills, smelling like fresh mold, instead of old rot. “After you.”

    The AWOL climbs through to find himself in a cellar. There are other people here, but they’re not moving. It takes a moment for him to register what he’s seeing. Three teens lying on the ground, gagged and hog-tied.

    “Hey, what the—”

    But before he can finish the thought, Argent comes up behind him and puts him in a brutal choke hold that cuts off not just his windpipe, but all the blood to his brain. And the last thing that strikes the AWOL’s mind before losing consciousness is the bleak realization that he’s been swallowed by a snake after all.

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    UnDivided 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
    HaleyB More than 1 year ago
    Words can not express how I feel about this series. I could not put any of these books down. This final book came together nicely. I'm usually good at guessing what will happen in a series, this book had me going. It makes you think. People who read this series probably think its just a normal fictional book. I think what Neal has done with this series is made it so young adults can understand how big companies and rich people basically control the world. I bought the book yesterday and I finished the next day. I love how he writes the books in the views of the people. Everything always comes together in a way that will shock you. I feel like a lot of people will not like the series because of religious views. This is a series that takes a few leaps off the deep end and anyone who reads it needs to have a clear and practical mind set. Nice job Mr. Shusterman. I will be buying other books you have written. I can only hope they are as good as this one. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I'm not one to normally reviewbooks but I feel a series this powerful needs to be read by the world. Neal Shusterman brings all of his characters to life in this book and makes you want to fight for them. He makes you think about what's going on in the world around you and question whether his story could come true. I feel eveyone should read this so that we don't have to ask ourselves "God, what have we done?".
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I haven't read it yet but im reading unsouled and im like in love with all the characters i feel like im a part of the story and when i read the books its like im in a whole other world with connor, risa, lev, and cam. I LOVE THIS SERIES.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    My heart stopped. This is quite possibly the best book I've ever read. usually No way in hell could I have guessed the ending of this book. It all came together very nicely. I don't usually review books, for they are usually not worth my time. But the world needs to know about this book (and the whole series). Around the end-ish of the book, my mom told me to read outside because I was crying, yelling, and breathing loudly. If you are having any doubts about this book, I hope this clears things up,.... BUY THIS BOOK. I wish there was a higher rating than 5 stars.
    BreathetoRead 10 months ago
    Undivided is the 4th book in a Dystopian Future series called "Unwind". I love, love, love Dystopian Future books and have read series after series this past year. This one was pretty good. In this book - the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice armies have come to an agreement. Every kid under the age of 18, but over the age of 13, can be unwound by their parents if their parents choose to. According to the folks who made up the rules of unwinding, the child's life doesn't really end because every part of the child is transplanted into various recipients. Crazy, right? So basically, your kid gets on your nerves, you sign an order and they are taken away and unwound to people who need organs. The books were easy reads. The hero of the books is a kid named Connor who escapes his unwinding. It follows his journey - and all the people he meets along the way - and.....well - I don't want to give it away, now do I? If you like Dystopian Future, this would be a good choice.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book series is a play on all emotions. It really makes you think about how society can be swayed to do things that are so disturbing but become commonplace. I highly recommend it.
    JLAustin More than 1 year ago
    So I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to the series. I loved how the results of the ending of the book (I won't say what happens) is because of a myriad of loosely connected and sometimes unconnected things that occur, not because "the chosen" one does one little thing and saves everyone. It was one of the most realistic endings in YA I've seen. There were so many wonderful things about this story that helps readers to examine the world around them and not just the big picture but also the minutia that create our world through layers of grey. The world is not black and white as some people like to believe and nothing fits into tiny boxes like they would like them to. I did have a problem with some of the others things in the book though, and from here on out it is not spoiler free. Lev's association with the fictional Native American nation in the story raised some concerns for me. Not because I think Shusterman did anything wrong, but because I don't know, and I'm not qualified to judge. I haven't yet, but I will, and I suggest you do too, but research NA opinions on how he portrayed the fictional tribe to see what NA people think. I also wasn't a fan of how he called kids umber and other color words to refer to them. It's fine to say that a character's skin color is umber, but to say that they are an umber kid, is a problem for me. They are Black, or Latinx, or whatever their ethnicity and I think we need to let characters be who they are so kids can be proud of seeing themselves reflected in stories. That wasn't a big issue, but it did bother me a little. My last problem is with the portrayal of Risa. She was a deep complex character with emotions and thoughts of her own, and she might have even passed the Bechdel test in some regards, but she was not a defining character of the story. I'll admit, I read the first two books years ago, and the last two recently, so I may be forgetting some things, but Risa's character barely affects the story. And when she does, it's more about propelling male characters. She was Cam's reason for doing things. She was Connor's reason for doing things. She rarely did anything that affected the outcome of the story in her own right. She was not a well-written female character. Plus, practically every male character who comes in contact with her wants to get in her pants in some way. It's degrading, and I was upset with how Shusterman saw this character. Even in the end when you think maybe she's going to do something to save Connor, she doesn't. Connor makes a plan to save her and all she has to do is trust him and run. This was a huge missed opportunity for Shusterman to write a good, proactive female character who affects the story, but for the most part all of the females in this book are sideline characters. Even the one female, Bam, who takes actions that do affect the story, is prompted by a male character, and is always described as the anti-girl sort of character. The "not like other girls" character. I feel Shusterman has a lot of work to do to improve his ability to write female characters. Which is interesting since this is a book centering women's reproductive rights, most specifically abortion, yet it's the males who determine the story. How apt.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Hard to put down.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    There's not much for me to say other than this series is probably the best I've ever read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazed by the chanracters, plot, and everything.
    quibecca More than 1 year ago
    *** may have spoilers, because this is the 4th book *** This series has been so great from the beginning to the very end. Each book got better and better. This book was no exception. There is so much going on in this story, that at times I felt like there was no way out for the characters I have come to love so much. While I scream at my book for them to do something different, it's like watching a scary movie and yelling at the TV for them to "stop"!. You know if they take certain steps something bad will happen. It's so frustrating, and so aggravating, I cannot make myself stop listening. Grace may be one of my favorite characters that has been brought into this wonderful series. She is considered a "low cortal", and has never been expected to do much because the world didn't deem her smart enough. Well, well, well...Miss Grace shows just how smart she is and helps these "seasoned" AWOL S's how to get out of bad situations. She is hilarious to boot. Risa and Conner are still just as fabulous, but their relationship is so aggravating. In an "I can't get enough of them kind of way". They never seem to see eye to eye on anything until it comes right down to the heart of things. Then they realize they are all on the same page, just going about it in different ways. Ugh, just be happy together dang it..kidding. They kept things interesting that is for sure. Starkey, nasty, nasty Starkey. I didn't like him from the very beginning, I knew he was going to turn out to be a turd. I cannot say I was saddened by his downfall at all. I wanted just one of his people to stand up to him...When they finally did, I was in a happy place. Nasty, nasty Starkey. It's always the people who think they are doing what is best for their world that seem to do the most harm. Power, makes people do strange things. Lev, about made me want to throw my phone a few times. His little pretend "clapper" moment made me so angry. Boys. Always trying to be the center of attention. He is a great character, but when he decided to tattoo himself I knew he had a horrible plan in mind. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. Shusterman is such a fantastic writer. The narrator for this series is phenomenal as well. I am sad that the series has come to an end, but so glad that it ended the way it did! It made me love the series even more. Series give me a lot of anxiety. I know that sounds silly but they do. They suck you in at the beginning making you "HAVE" to buy the next one and the next one, but if they don't end well for me it ruins the whole thing. Then I am just mad. BUT, when I do get into a series, and like this one they just keep getting better, and better, I am sad when they come to an end. Try this series. Read or listen and you won't be disappointed. It is a fabulous series. and Shusterman is a brilliant author.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    In the beginning I thought this was going to be an embarrassment to the series, but towards the middle it picked up speed. By the end, the book came to a high speed end that leaves me eager to read the next installment.
    MyndiL More than 1 year ago
    What an emotional ride this book took me on.  I suffered the losses and near losses with so much pain you'd think they were real people and not just characters in a book.  I was so drawn in and immersed in the story that the characters were like friends, or enemies, but people I KNEW in my own personal life.  It's a wonderful thing when an author can make you relate so fully to the universe they've written and get you so involved that you feel the pain and joy and other emotions of the characters as if they were your own.  I would definitely recommend this series to all readers, especially fans of the dystopian genre.
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    You must read this series. I loved it! The first book was a little hard to get into but the second and third pulled me to the end. I miss reading it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It held through the series fought off predictability fairly well. I am pleased with the series and wish more of this genre could hold to the same standard .
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Biggest plot twist ever
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    post this on three other books than look under your pillow
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    sdnatasha More than 1 year ago
    In this final book of the Unwind dystology, we finally get to see if any of their efforts in stopping unwinding will have any effect on the world, and if people will be able to finally see the likes of kids like Connor, Risa, and Lev as worthy and capable of being a part of society. Of course, that depends on society. Too many times for me, I found the events happening so unpredictable, I didn’t know how the author was going to get the characters out of the situation they were in. Sometimes I was met with relief, sometimes with shock, and sometimes with sorrow and heartache. The final book didn’t just encompass the lives of Connor, Risa, and Lev. It pulled in the stories, if just a glimpse, but a very enlightening glimpse, of many other faces of this dystopic world. Throughout the book, the author takes his time in giving the readers the details of each character’s plight. He doesn’t rush things, and he certainly doesn’t give too much away. He weaves and knits the pieces of the story together, bringing all the characters and events in at just the right moment and in such a way as to make us believe that what type of major change in society could happen would happen because of said events. What I found in this story was how much it scared me. Not for the idea of unwinding in our own world, but how he uses real world fact and functionality in his books to show the readers just how manipulated we can be. Throughout much of the book, the situations the characters are caught in are fraught with danger and even hopelessness. I am not ashamed to admit that I shed several tears for some of the characters in the book, even characters that I didn’t think I should shed tears for. Maybe it’s me, and I’m much too empathetic, but I do tend to feel heartache when a character has regret or despair or sorrow, probably more so than when I feel happy for a character’s luck or love or hope. As for Connor, Risa, and Lev. They are not perfect characters. None of them are. They’ve made mistakes, crazy mistakes throughout the series, but still, they are better whole than they are apart, both figuratively and literally. Shusterman doesn’t let these characters stay the same. They are very much different in many ways than what they were in Unwind. I felt for all the characters, even the ones meant to be the villains. The thing about the villains here is that they are human, too. Well, at least physically, they are. For the most part, each has their own story, and we’re able to see into some more than others. And we’re able to see that most of us are not inherently evil (obvious statement, maybe, but still good to be reminded of once in a while). Most of us are just making our path in life. Most of us are just trying to survive. Shusterman shows humanity at its worst in this story. But he also shows the regret of some of our decisions. And he shows the possibility of redemption and forgiveness. And hope. Because of that, I find this book to be much more than the sum of its parts, but as a whole, a very interesting and insightful take on humanity. Let there be a good lesson learned for every abled body out there, whether you’re in one piece or not.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I would read this again, and already have recommended this series to friends
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed the first three books of this series very much. The beginning of this book wasn't very enjoyable, but it gets better. This series reminds me of my own family and how messed up life can be sometimes. I definitely recommend this series.
    CelinaWalters9889 More than 1 year ago
    i recommend it to all people with a kick in their taste for books