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Unwind | [Neal Shusterman]

Unwind

Conner'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.
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Publisher's Summary

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.

Conner'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 18th birthdays, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, 18 seems far, far away.

In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges listeners' ideas about life - not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.

©2009 Neal Shusterman; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jendayi Dillard 06-24-14
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    "Story starts slow, but hang in there!!"
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    The story starts out feeling slow and extremely heavy-handed. Stick with it. It gets so much better! Many, many moments that are beautiful, striking, suspenseful... overall, awesome book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William 12-30-13
    William 12-30-13
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    "A fun story emerges from an absurd premise"

    This was a fun book, despite the fact that it relies on a premise that is, frankly, a bit absurd. In no reasonable world do pro-choice and pro-life groups "compromise" by allowing not only retroactive abortions (i.e., the flat-out murder of teenagers), but also the use of teens as body farms. It would be abhorrent to both groups, just as it is expected to be abhorrent to nearly all readers. Because I found the basic premise to be ridiculous, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief, and it thus took me a while to get into the story. But I'm glad that I persisted. The characters and interesting and believable as they respond to real threats. And the horror of the process, which is mostly shrouded in mystery for much of the book, is chillingly illustrated towards the end by actual unwinding of one of the less sympathetic characters. Furthermore, the narration is superb. So despite the rickety premise, I really enjoyed the book, and I'm looking forward to the remaining installments.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Parkton, MD, United States 01-25-12
    Sarah Parkton, MD, United States 01-25-12
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    "Inklings Read Reviews: Unwind"

    Imagine for a second that you are a teen living in a world where at any moment your parents or guardians may choose to have you unwound. If you disobey them or become unwanted in any way, they may sign the papers and have you shipped off to a “harvest camp” where you will be prepped and then taken piece by piece. If you’re born into the right religion you may even have the privilege of being tithed (aka unwound with an honorable connotation). Satisfying both pro-life and pro-choice advocates, the justification of unwinding is that the teens live on within the bodies of the people given their parts. Disturbing? Definitely. Unrealistic? A bit… But this story and the characters brought such life to the idea, that is quickly became real.

    Unwind has a very chilling concept! I loved it. Being my first audiobook experience, it took a little getting used to. I think I adjusted to listening vs. reading pretty fast. The narrator, Luke Daniels, was great!! He must have had over 10 original voices. It was very impressive and brought another dimension to the story.

    Surprisingly, this was not a very emotional book. I expected it to be, but it was more- sit-at-the-edge-of-your-seat I-must-know-what-will-happen-next addicting. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a little love story in the background that was not gushy whatsoever.

    Neal Shusterman has a definite winner here! Unwind is a chilling, action-packed, nail-biting, thriller. Supposedly Neal is working on a second book in the series titled, Unwholly that is due out in September 2012. You can bet I will be trying to get my hands on an ARC of that one! It also appears that Neal is working on the script to a movie based on Unwind. I’m extremely excited for that as well! Give this book a shot, or better yet try this as an audiobook, and you will guaranteed a thrilling ride.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 02-07-10
    Heather Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 02-07-10
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    "A story that will stay with you always"

    It was brilliant, haunting, tragic and beautiful all at the same time. Unwind will keep you on your toes until the very last scene. If you're a fan of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series and Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Series then you will love this book. Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator with a voice that really draws you into Neal's wonderful book.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-14-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    UNWINDING MAKES SLAVERY LOOK GOOD.
    I am following 21 reviewers. I have made a list of all the books they gave 5 stars to. I had never heard of Unwind or Neal Shusterman, but it was on the five star list. This is the best book I have read or listened to since June and that was over 50 books ago.

    YOUR BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOUR NIHILISTIC.
    The subject matter of this book may seem weird at first and a little unbelievable. In this future, abortion is legal up to age 18. I know your thinking too stupid, but the author makes you believe. The story is strong and compelling. Keep in mind, In China girl babies are killed all the time, due to the one child law and the importance of male children. In my life time I can remember when divorce was rare and abortion was illegal. Girls who had sex outside of marriage where whores. Most women were virgins when they got married. T.V. was not allowed to show a couple in the same bed. In some cults here in the United States, girls of 12, 13 and 14 are married off to old men. Eleven year old boys are taken to the country, left and told not to return. (see Prophet's Prey) In the Middle East, women are property (see A Thousand Splendid Nights), they still stone people to death, etc.

    I AIN'T NO RUNAWAY, I'M A RUN TOO.
    This book not only has a great story, it has characters. These are characters you will care about. The side characters such as one called SciFi, are so good they could have there own books about them.

    IT'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.
    The book has 68 chapters and six parts. The story builds through each part. There are several twists and turns. The description of an actual Unwind, will stay with me for a very long time. It was very intense. (Make sure you have a tissue)

    TOUCH ME NOT
    Based on this reviewers recommendations, I will be listening to The Map of Time. I will be seeking out more Neal Shusterman Novels based on the quality of this book.

    I'M A TITHE
    I am not sure I have heard Luke Daniels before and he was very good. His reading was spot on. His narration is so good you forget your listening, as the story is do deep into your head.

    YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE GRAVE AND DIG IT UP WHEN YOU WANT IT.

    20 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Jomsweet 07-15-14
    Jomsweet 07-15-14
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    "The Un"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most certainly i would recommended to a friend


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwind?

    The part at the chop shop


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Connor


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part at highway where Connor and Reema saved Flev


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alfred 07-15-14
    alfred 07-15-14
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    "Orignal, Great story, and well written."
    Would you listen to Unwind again? Why?

    I have listened to it three times. and Look forward to the next book in the series. I know its for young readers, but I am in my mid 50's and enjoyed the originality of ethics and the spirit of what motivates people to take action to make change for the better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwind?

    The camp "graveyard" where there was renewed hope was impressive. Like anything story, the part of where glimmers of hope prevail out of the darkness. Rewards the soul of the story. I wont spoil the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was impressive. but the parts where people set in their ways see what they believe isn't what is 'real'. Reading how these characters grow throughout the story I have to say were my favorite parts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When a character you dislike get taken apart piece by piece while kept him awake but not in pain. Hearing him slip away. You forgive him for all the bad he's done.


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN TO THIS BOOK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Maplegrass New York, USA 07-14-14
    Amanda Maplegrass New York, USA 07-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW! Disturbing but very thougt provoking!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but with the warning that it is not, in my opinion, for anyone under 15. As others have mentioned, one portion is VERY disturbing. Not gory but disturbing. I don't usually listen to this to this type of story but it is a very good story so I kept on. I had to skip the disturbing chapter. I just couldn't get through it but I am a softy. Really liked the ending and really liked the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was not predictable. There were characters that came into the story for brief times but they had meaning and were truly interesting and story enhancing characters.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator did a great job. I have never heard him read before but I enjoyed his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it much quicker than most books. I just had to hear what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely listen to the squeal when I settle down from his one a little.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rogerbrad League City, TX 07-14-14
    rogerbrad League City, TX 07-14-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting read"
    Where does Unwind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About middle of several hundred


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost did


    Any additional comments?

    I saw several reviews mention this being a Sci-Fi type book but I really can't agree with that assertion. From my perspective, having lived almost 70 years and the changes I've seen happen in our country during that time, I would not doubt something of this magnitude happening in the next 50 - 100 years here in the United States. I love the United States but with all the changes I've witnessed nothing would surprise me.

    I did enjoy the story line and to me it was a possible look into our own future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 06-19-14
    Samantha 06-19-14
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    "took a chance..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps younger listeners (teens?) would enjoy this book. It is dealing with heavy subject matter, right-to-life / abortion issues, but is filled with so many cliches that I am simply bored.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Shusterman again?

    I can't see myself purchasing any other books by Shusterman.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    I don't know who I would cast instead (I don't keep names of narrators in my memory), but I spent the first part of the book feeling like I was being yelled at. The sense of urgency that he was trying to impart was overdone.


    What character would you cut from Unwind?

    They all play a part in the cliche'd story, so I'm at a loss to choose one to cut.


    Any additional comments?

    I always hesitate to leave less than complimentary reviews, but I would have appreciated reading some for this title before I purchased it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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