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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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Good, but the performance was a little robotic

The story was phenomenal, but the narration was robotic. Overall, I would rate this four stars

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To be honest...

I'll probably be one of the few people to say they didn't like this story. I didn't know what I would think going into it, but having listened to the whole story I'm not sure I'll bother with the rest. Quickly, here's why.

I thought the background information on the war and subsequent decisions was really limited. I'm sorry, but if parents are willing to basically kill their children there needs to be a whole lot of information on how people were convinced that this was the right decision. There isn't. And so the whole story requires you to just blindly accept that this actually happened. Even though the war was between pro life and pro choice groups. Somehow those two decided to unwind children under 18? I don't buy that.

There were a few highlights, but overall I felt like I was waiting for the big moment. There was one obligatory major moment but other than that I felt like it was somewhat dull at points.

The characters at time felt one dimensional and not well thought out. Some were just always bad, others were always there to save you. And then random characters existed to surprise you with their actions but those surprises felt somewhat hollow.

Overall, interesting idea for a story but I had to fill in too many holes and suspend too many beliefs.

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This book was recommended from a friend who loved it, honestly I don't get it. It's not a plausible story line and it's told in such a way that you end up not caring very much about anybody in it. I'm not even sure which side of the agenda it was trying to be, pro choice or pro life. Either way, do yourself a favor and read something else.

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Could have been great

Though requiring a massive amount of suspension of disbelief, the premise is interesting. There are a few truly compelling scenes in the book, most notably the culmination of Lev's journey to Joplin and a section near the end focusing on Roland. However, as with much teen fiction the antiseptic dialogue and character interactions both detract and distract from the import of the weighty philosophical issues at play. The book would have been better served if written as a straight up, adult SF novel where it wouldn't have to pull its punches.

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Great dystopian world. Excellent narration as well

Lately I've discovered a number of what are billed as Young Adult dystopian stories; the Hunger Games books, the Giver Quartet, and now the world of Unwind. It's almost too bad that they're billed as YA, as that might prevent some older readers like myself from discovering them.

Once you accept the basic premise of the storyline---that a civil war fought over abortion has resulted in a world in which abortion is illegal but has been replaced by "unwinding," the dismantling for parts of some teen-agers from 13-18---everything else hangs together quite well.

China has already discovered that, once you accept that the bodies of those executed are fair game for organ harvest, the desire for such organs and need for more and more bodies results in more crimes deserving the death penalty.

The narration is also excellent, with each voice fleshed out well and in character. I've so far only listened to Books 1 and 1.5, both of which were great, and am beginning on Book 2. I hope they remain as good as they have been so far.

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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.

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One of my all time favorites

I really loved this book. If you like "Hunger Games" or what-if type books on what crazy things could happen in the future, this was a very well-written, great story. I liked it so much I'm going to buy the Kindle edition as well. The narrator did a great job with the voices too.

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  • Joe
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • 04-27-14

I liked it.

Set in the future of one possible outcome of the abortion debate, it is a little bit far fetched, but enjoyable. Hey, it's fiction, so let the far fetch basis of the book slide and the story is very well written. If you like the description they give for this book, then you will probably like the book itself.

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  • Erica
  • United States
  • 04-16-14

Unbelievable Premise, but Fairly Good Story

I was hesitant to grant the premise at first, but once I did I found the story captivating. The relationship seemed needless, but there were points in the story that were haunting and beautiful and human and, overall, I would completely recommend this story. There is a scene near the end written from the perspective of one of the antagonists that I can't shake from my mind even weeks after hearing it. So kudos to this author, and pick up this book if you get the chance!

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  • Ally
  • FALL RIVER, MA, United States
  • 02-10-14

Whoa

Would you listen to Unwind again? Why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

This story was intense to say the least. But the subject matter does hide that fact, I wasn't sure if this was gonna be an extremist anti abortion story but honestly it doesn't seem to favor either side of that issue.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrator. What I love after listening to all 5 iron Druid chronicals is that his voice has enough range that this book sounds very different,

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

'Nice socks'

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