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Publisher's Summary

Three teens fight for their lives and each other in this breathtakingly suspenseful first book in the twisted, New York Times best-selling Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman.

After America’s Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement. According to their Bill of Life, human life may not be terminated from the moment of conception until the age of 13. But between the ages of 13 and 18, the child may be gotten rid of by their parent through a process called “unwinding”.

By repurposing a teen’s organs and other body parts in living recipients, the unwound child’s life doesn’t technically end. According to society’s leaders, unwinding leads to a healthier and safer community, as troublesome and unwanted teens are used for the greater good.

Curtis is a rebel whose unwinding was ordered by his parents. Rita, a ward of the state, has been slated for unwinding due to cost cutting. And Lev, his parents’ tenth child, has been destined for unwinding since birth as a religious tithe. As their paths intersect, they start to fight for their own destinies. But do they stand a chance of escaping their fate or proving their lives are worth saving?

©2007 Neal Shusterman (P)2007 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Chilling, Scary, Difficult to Read

I’m late to the party for reading Unwind. Shusterman is a really good author. I was a fan of his Scythe books before I read Unwind. I’m both glad and creeped out. Unwind is very uncomfortable to read. The book is YA fiction, but it reads like a thriller horror movie. There’s even a chapter in the book that describes the unwinding process. I will say, this chapter made me very uncomfortable.
Overall, the book was very good. It’s just difficult to read sometimes.

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Don't waste your time

This book has the seed of an interesting idea, but instead of really exploring it, it glosses over said idea with melodramatic, antiseptic prose all too common in the YA genre. The author's obvious hope that this will become a staple of middle school reading lists is glaringly revealed by the included discussion topics in the back. While I can forgive some illogic in speculative fiction, the thing that gave me the biggest problem (which is to say, i couldn't stop thinking about it), is that the aforementioned seed of an interesting idea is DOA...never mind the ridiculous idea that the issue of abortion, which has been contentious since the Roe decision, would spark a civil war, it is impossible to swallow the absurd idea that pro-life zealots willing to start a shooting war over killing a baby in the womb would be perfectly fine with harvesting the body parts of teenagers by way of "compromise."

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Dark Nostalgia

I read this book back in high school about 6 years ago and must have completely repressed it. I was surprised I was able to make it through such a deep, disturbing story back then as a squeamish child but reading it now is eye opening and STILL a bit disturbing. I always tell people this was my favorite book in school. Maybe it was the message or the characters or the way it is written between many different perspectives. Reading it again had me going through all sorts of emotions. Rather, listening to it for the first time. The narrator did a wonderful job. His voice was naturally intense which matched the tone perfectly. And even as he portrayed characters in different voices, each time he spoke I knew exactly who he was speaking as. Sure, at first it's off putting to hear a male voice imitate a female voice but I quickly became accustomed and could still picture each character perfectly. I'm so glad I decided to use Audible to relive this memory and I'm excited to listen to the rest of the books in the series I never had the chance to know.

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Does not Disappoint

I love dystopian novels and this one does not disappoint!! It always takes me awhile to get past the narrators voice but I got use to it quickly in this book. Great listen!

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Forever my favorite book

Rereading it and it’s still so fresh. The narrator really did an amazing job in catching the voices and emotions of every character and moments.

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Not for the squeamish

This book was absolutely amazing. Every time I thought I might be starting to get bored, a new turn in the plot would get its hooks into me. I couldn’t put it down. There was a scene towards the end where I actually had to take my ear buds out and breathe deeply for a while to keep from puking though. Graphic and terrifying and so powerfully written it made me physically ill. I definitely won’t be giving this to my teenager to read!! That said, it has earned a place in my top ten audiobooks of all time, which is saying something since I’ve been listening to 10-15 hours a week for over five years. Get this book. Just be prepared for some seriously disturbing content.

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couldn't put it down!

My daughter is reading this for school and came home talking about it, I just had to find it and read it for myself, 2 days later I finished it before my daughter! such a great book, can't wait to read the other books!

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Wow!

I thought this would be one dimensional and outlandish. Instead it was multifaceted, multinuanced, and hit upon so many ethical angles outside of what it appeared to be at first glance. I took the leap because his Scythe books were so brilliant. This book was about courage, forgiveness, atrocities, good being evil/evil being good, brainwashing, and hope.

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Terrible

This book needs to be burned! I can’t believe they are actually allowing this in schools!

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Favorite book series

This is my favorite book series and I’m so glad audible did a good job with it. Having multiple character narrators it is important to have different inflection for each character and this narrator does a good job of bringing the characters to life. The book itself can be considered controversial so readers please be aware of this at the beginning.