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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, 384 pages
Published on June 2, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416912053
ISBN-13: 9781416912057
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  • A book boiSunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    JUST AWESOME. THE WHOLE SERIES IS GREAT. A must read for all book lovers. Just amazing. Ending sure to make you cry.
    • cdillon
      Mr. DillonSunday, August 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm44 stars
      Good but controversial read about a future that has no place for kids who cause problems.
      • ikyra_marie
        ikyra_marieSunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm
        looks good,creepy, and gross at the same time.
        • cupcakelovers21
          cupcakelovers21Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 8:17 pmFeatured
          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
            rosesrmeFriday, February 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm
            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.