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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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    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 01-13-13
    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 01-13-13
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    "Thought Provoking and a Little Depressing"

    After reading the premise of Unwind, I wondered if I could buy into the world Shusterman was sending me to. Would parents really be so cold that they would "unwind" their child for not living up to their potential? I tried resisting, but in the end, I was won over. Shusterman does a great job at showing us how this procedure is justified by society. If you tell a lie long enough, you start to believe it, and that's exactly what seems to have happened here.

    The main characters were well developed. They are flawed but good at their core. And although a romance blossomed, it took the entire book to come to fruition, so it was more believable. I found it easy to become emotionally invested in these doomed kids. In one scene, an unwind procedure takes place on an unlikeable character, but it was done so convincingly that it actually brought me to tears.

    I give the performance only 3 stars because Daniels' narration was so hard to get used to. His narration of the prose is VERY flat. He sounds just like the automated voice at my pharmacy! But, he is GREAT with dialogue. It took quite a while to get used to his tone, but by the end it was fine.

    All in all, I very much enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next.

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    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 12-21-12
    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Fat Chick getting Fit!

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    "Great series! Why only the 1st one?"

    If you like dystopian young adult books, you will love this series. I had to run to the library to get the second one and found out the 3rd is only available on my kindle! LOL Please....get the whole series!

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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 10-31-12
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome Book!"

    I can't wait for the sequel now! Definitely worth the credit - one of my top 10 listens!

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    Sue United States 10-29-12
    Sue United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disturbing"
    Where does Unwind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have to say this book is quite disturbing........and I put it in the same category as Hunger Games. Though it bothered me a lot to listen to it, I could not stop. It roped me in right away and I was compelled to listen to the end. For that reason I gave it 4 stars.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuing drama and unpredictability of the story.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to. Appropriate voice for the story.


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

    It was continually horrifying.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book that you can't put down, this one is for you. I listen to audiobooks in my car, and this one definitely makes the driving time pass quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 10-24-12
    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!

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    "Interesting idea, could have been better executed"

    I wanted to like this book, it's a very interesting idea for a dystopian society, but I don't think the author took it to the lengths he could have. The characters had the potential to be very engaging but I never found myself getting attached to them. There were definitely a few moments in the story where I felt very engrossed but overall, it just wasn't believable to me.

    Maybe there were too many ideas introduced that I felt weren't properly explored so it prevented me from really getting into it.

    And the narrator is verrrrry monotone also so beware.

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    Diane St. George, UT, United States 10-17-12
    Diane St. George, UT, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.

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    "Thought Provoking"

    After a war between Pro-life and Pro-choice factions, a compromise is reached. A law is passed that defines "right to life" as being from conception to age 13. Parents can then get rid of unwanted teens by having them "unwound." This involves a process of total body part harvesting. The rationale is that the "unwinds" are still alive in other people. This leads desperate "unwinds" to a sort of underground railroad to the "Graveyard" where they can live until they turn 18 and become exempt from unwinding. The story is compelling, well written, and thought provoking. The characters are multidimensional and flawed, as troubled teens or orphans who are terminated by the state because of budget cuts. I found the ghoulish harvesting process extremely disturbing as the author goes through it with a victim, who is left fully conscious through it all. Everything is explained to him until he can no longer hear or think.

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    Andrea Memphis, TN, United States 10-06-12
    Andrea Memphis, TN, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, not so good listen"
    Where does Unwind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would be in the middle, only because I have had some really Great listens


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me it provoked thought


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    BAD!


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Messner Norton, Ohio United States 09-24-12
    Michelle Messner Norton, Ohio United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow, this is a kids book?"
    What did you love best about Unwind?

    Narration was awesome and story very compelling.


    What other book might you compare Unwind to and why?

    Others by Shusterman, all a little dark at times but interesting.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Great


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

    Very thought provoking in many ways, especially into the mind of the author... How did he come up with this one?


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

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    Sasha Waynesboro, VA, United States 09-23-12
    Sasha Waynesboro, VA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "interesting take on the Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life"
    What did you love best about Unwind?

    The fact that it didn't get preachy about the topic and didn't get heavy handed about the specifics behind the premise.


    What other book might you compare Unwind to and why?

    not so much a book as the story Patchwork Girl by Larry Niven, which deals with the idea of criminals as parts/organ donors and the ethical dilemmas that might cause.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?

    maybe


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is a lame question.


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    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 09-14-12
    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 09-14-12 Member Since 2012

    bing281

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    "Good I will listen to the sequel"

    Good book I enjoyed the read however it was a little simple. The concept was intriguing however. The characters were decent but did not have the depth required for such a concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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