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Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times best-selling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

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.

©2014 Neal Shusterman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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If you could sum up Undivided in three words, what would they be?

fun, creepy, fresh

What other book might you compare Undivided to and why?

I would compare the format to A Song of Ice and Fire or Zelazny's Donnerjack, or Gaiman's American Gods (which is a pretty blatant Zelazny rip-off, IMO). The point of view jumps from one character to another, and often to characters that are actually peripheral to the central plot line, characters with no name who do little more than witness the events. This keeps the story fresh in ways that other books do not.

Let's face it. YA dystopian novels are a dime a dozen anymore. But if you've ever found yourself sick of listening to Katniss talk about how she's not-so-hot but can't decide which dude she wants, or Triss talk about how she's really not-that-hot but can't stop obsessing about the dude she wants, or any John Green character talk about how they're not-so-hot but can't stop borderline stalkerish behavior over someone they like, then this book is for you. Sure, that stuff comes up in the Unwind series. But just when it could start to get annoying, the point of view jumps to a gardener across the country, or inside the head of someone being harvested for organs, or whatever.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Shusterman gets creepy, I enjoy it. And I need to be clear about this: I don't like horror. I find it gory and often silly instead of scary. Shusterman is not horror. He is suspense. He places the reader in the minds of characters slowly watching something terrible happen, slowly comprehending their levels of helplessness, slowly admitting to themselves that it is really happening. It sounds terrible, and it is. Which is what makes it so effective. Shusterman understands that enduring hope can sometimes be the worst thing to have in a bad situation.

Shusterman also does not always go for the cheap creepies. Which is not to say that the books do not go to extremes. They do. However, just when you think, oh gods, I am about to listen to some gross and predictable teen sexual assault, it turns out, no, actually, it's something completely different. And when a villain would normally menace and threaten a kid in another book, Shusterman has the villain show surprising integrity, or indefensible violence, or some messed-up combination of both.

It's not boring.

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

In this book, I think it was the scene when Camus asked Roberta to say Risa's name. It was just a damn shame, and it was the first time I kind of cared about Camus Comprix.

Any additional comments?

I want another series like this, full of action, politics, sci-fi, and heart. And read by Luke Daniels. <3 Luke Daniels. Hook up recommendations if any of you have them. I plow right through book series, both in audio and print, so I could use some fresh material.

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MUST MUST READ!

This series is as close to perfection as they come! I recommend this series to young as well as old! (not too young 13+) (I'm 32 lol) These books are in my top ten favorites of all time and I'm sure they'll stay there, and I read a lot! This last book in the series wrapped everything up perfectly! I can not say enough good about it! Excellent characters, truly awesome story and top, top notch narration! It will really make you think about the world and how things could look if they went that wrong. Perfectly fleshed out in every way, story and characters. The only thing that really sucks is that it's over!! =( You will not regret this series but you must read in order! This is the fourth and last book in this series. Truly loved The Unwind series! MUST READ!

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Really good series

loved the story, kept me guessing even in book 4 . The character's were well developed. the story is well paced.

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Excellent series

Still wondering why this series has not been made into a movie or movie series yet. Riveting, suspenseful, and with the liberal sprinkling of all the news articles from real life sources throughout each book, the author has created a dystopian world that could possibly be reality one day - which is very frightening. Great read and the narration was just about perfect.

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Amazing character growth

Overall amazing story. I love the growth of the characters and how they interact with each other.

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EPIC Ending to an EPIC series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This series and this audiobook in particular is amazing and I would recommend it to everyone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Connor, Resa, Camu... where do I begin. They are all such well thought out characters I can't choose just one. They are all my favorite!

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Luke Daniels is my favorite narrator and I will try and listen to everything he narrates.

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

Absolutely. I couldn't wait to start listening again.

Any additional comments?

I'm sad this is the last book. I loved this story so much. It was a great end to an epic series.

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strong finish to the series

I would recommend the series. l started reading it with my son and had to read ahead.

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excellent

Loved it. So very emotional. I love the research Neal does when making his books.It really pulls you into the world he creates. So many moments I had to pause and reflect. Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator helping each character to stick around in your mind for a long time to come.

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a great ending for a great series

A nice polished ending for a great series. No lose ends left to worry about. I really enjoyed this book.

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well, I finished it

It took everything I had, but I finished it. I cant say I liked this series. There were parts of it that just didnt need to be included, like the forced love triangle in the last book and preposterous life of Lev. All of the characters endings were rushed and didnt do any of them justice. Gah, it's just a poorly written series. But I finished it, so when they make this trash into a bunch of crappy over acted movies I'll be a le to say, the books sucked too. No way in hell I read anything else by this author. The guy reading it was fine.

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  • golden thunder fist
  • 02-06-20

Such a great series spoiled by one annoying thing

Shusterman is an incredible writer, Daniels is a fabulous narrator; this team have produced a fantastic world in the Unwind series and Undivided is great closing story. However, at the end of each chapter there are fabricated news articles read out by the narrator which always include the tedious and incessant reading of long http web addresses. This was completely unnecessary and often droned on for several minutes (felt like hours) between each chapter. The person who decided this was the way to do this should be unwound.

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  • 02-11-19

amazing

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  • 02-19-19

Truely ethical review of our society woven into an action packed story

Neal Shusterman has written a profoundly thought provoking series that is engaging and entertaining from beginning to the end. He deals with such difficult issues as abortion and euthanasia in a confronting but not threatening way and throughout the story he weaves a constant thread of hope. His characters are likeable despite their flaws and real growth is shown through the adversity they face. 10 out of 10 for a great read of apocalyptic sci-fi.