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.
It definitely picked up and became quite a compelling idea. Wars always start with a fundamental difference between groups. I like new ideas and new literature angles. Dystopic literature seems to be the most fertile ground for ideas these days!
Dark story about a bleak future, but always a thin ray of Hope. Really exciting and interesting story. Highly recommended.
This is a dark book, but it makes you think and it was well written. I love Luke Daniels, and though his tone was pretty much have the same throughout the book, I think it fit the story.
I have not read the print version. I would like to. I think you can get different things from print verses audio versions.
I liked how relevant was the story topic to current issues facing the young people of our society.
I listened to most of it on a long road trip. I really got immersed in the story. Once I got to my destination, after a five hour drive, I stayed in the car another 10 mins to finish the chapter.
In a pivotal chapter towards the end my mouth was literally agape as I listened. I was so creeped out I got chills. I was surprised that the author went as far as he did with the story considering it is supposed to be young adult fiction.
I was always a sci-fi fan and nerd as a young person. Currently I read more urban fantasy, now plentiful and popular, than I do true sci-fi.
The dystopia described in this book is a nightmare. Neal Shusterman is excellent at creating situations that not only make you want to not go any further but also feel pulled along to find out what everything means. This teen's world falls slowly into that nightmare while he struggles to understand it and to decide how much he can do to change it.
I used to recommend Shusterman's short stories to seventh graders who weren't quite hooked on reading. That's because there was no way they could put down a story once they started. This novel is just what you would expect from his books. However, it is more of everything in his style.
Luke Daniels is a superb narrator no matter what he reads, and he proves it once again in this narration. There are no mispronounced words to make you cringe, no misread voices. Absolutely every part of the narration adds to the main character's metaphoric train wreck of a life, and we can't stopping looking.
I would not have enjoyed this book as a middle schooler. I disliked dystopia novels because they were so dark- and this one is dark. However, the characters find ways to support each other - and betray each other- while they all develop who they are in world that has given up on them.
Why the lack of one star? Because oh man, is this book dark! I will definitely read the next one, too.
I loved this book and can't wait until the next. I will recommend it to anyone who loves a good book. you will cry, you may even want to quit but don't.
I couldn't quit listening to this book. My 5th grader begged for more. I can't wait to read the next one. If you liked Hunger Games and Divergent, you will like this too.
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