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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

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 three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published on September 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN-10: 0857079972
ISBN-13: 9780857079978
6 Book Reviews
  • scythe123
    scythe1234 months55 starsFeatured
    Amazing start to an amazing overall series! This series is about a society where everything is similar to today's society, except one thing. When a kid is between 13 to 18 years old, they can be unwound, meaning that 99% of their body can be taken out, and later be given to someone who needs it. And the kid's parents are the ones who can fill the forms out to get kids unwound. And believe it or not, tons of kids get unwound. Connor just misbehaves. Risa is just not good enough to stay at the ward she is in. And Lev is a tithe, a kid who is created so that they can get unwound. All these chatacter's paths meet, and they all work together to survive, and later to help stop unwinding.
    • A book boiabout 4 years
      JUST AWESOME. THE WHOLE SERIES IS GREAT. A must read for all book lovers. Just amazing. Ending sure to make you cry.
      • cdillon
        Mr. Dillonover 7 years44 stars
        Good but controversial read about a future that has no place for kids who cause problems.
        • ikyra_marie
          ikyra_marieover 8 years
          looks good,creepy, and gross at the same time.
          • cupcakelovers21
            cupcakelovers21almost 10 yearsFeatured
            In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them 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 three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away. In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
            • rosesrme
              rosesrmealmost 11 years
              This story is about three kids, they live in the future, and new laws have been passed. From the day you are born until you turn 13, nobody can harm you. But 13 to 18, your parents can decide to basically sell your body for transplants and such. This is called Unwinding.