Unwind 3

by Neal Shusterman

Paperback / softback Age range: 12+ years old Publication Date: 01/09/2008

5/5 Rating 3 Reviews
RRP  $17.99 $13.50
Connor, Risa and Lev are running for their lives.

Unwinding: the process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive. Unwinding is now a common, and accepted, practice in society.

Connor'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 unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

If they can survive until their 18th birthday, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away...

"Gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller... The issues raised could not be more provocative - the sanctity of life, the meaning of being human - while the delivery could hardly be more engrossing or better aimed to teens."Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely"School Library Journal, starred review
"A breathless tale turning pages for teenage boys, as it challenges not just where life begins and ends, but what it means to be alive." Educ8 magazine
"a powerful, shocking, and intelligent novel... It's wonderful, wonderful stuff." The Bookbag
"This is the kind of rare book that makes the hairs on your neck rise up. It is written with a sense of drama that should get it instantly snapped up for film." The Times

Before there was The Hunger Games, there was Unwind.
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Age range:
12+ years old
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author whose books include the New York Times bestselling Unwind series and Challenger Deep, which won a National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for film and television, for shows such as Goosebumps and Animorphs. He lives in Southern California with his four children.

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  • Messed up Future!

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    It is another book about messed up future, but this time it involves storking and "unwinding" to control population and decide abortion. Three teens try to escape the unwinding.

  • Safety not garunteed!

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    Shusterman's novel Unwind is an exciting teen dystopian adventure. Set in a eerie but not entirely impossible future where bad teenagers are rounded up by the government and turned into spare parts for the sick and elderly, Risa, Connor and Lev are fugitives on the run. We join them on their odysee to find sanctuary from those who seek to slice them up. And let me tell you, it is one hell of a ride.

    Highly recommended for fans of the Hunger Games, Unwind is a fast paced thriller which raises important questions about how we value life,when do we really grow up and what role teenagers play in society. There was some thought provoking stuff scattered amongst the chases and narrow escapes in this book and for that I highly recommend it.

  • A++

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    It was riveting, it was adrenaline, it was anger and happiness. It was the closest thing to perfection that Ive read in a very long time.

    Neal Shusterman writes brilliantly and his storytelling is fantastic. He leaves things up to the imagination and doesnt spoon-feed information. What is storking? What are clappers? Youll just have to wait and see. At no point are you info-dumped, you just have to find the nuggets of information as you read. One minute I was like whoa thats deep, and the next I was laughing.

    The way so many murky topics are discussed are so interesting as well. Abortion. Religion. Organ donation. Parenting. Nothing is black and nothing is white. Morally grey characters and topics are some of my all-time favourite things, and the way the story played with that was spectacular.

    Unwind is told in multiple POVs (mostly through the eyes of Connor, Risa and Lev; the three main characters), and each character has their own distinct voice. At no point did I get lost and have to go back to remind myself of who was talking. That doesnt happen often.

    The character development for all three main characters was fantastic. They were all well-rounded and easy to relate to, and the way they grew throughout the story was A++. All of the secondary characters were fleshed out really well too.

    AND THE PLOT! The pacing is pretty much perfection. It was like a snowball, starting off the size of your palm and then finishing as big as a house. The last quarter or so of the book was INTENSE. I.N.T.E.N.S.E.

    Now I just need to get my hands on Unwholly.