Unwind is a science fiction novel by young adult literature author Neal Shusterman. . The book ends with Connor becoming the new leader of the Graveyard. . The last book is Undivided and was published on October 14, UnStrung is a companion story, set within Unwind and follows the events that led Lev. Unwind book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their ruthenpress.info Second Civil War. In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman .. books in the Unwind series: Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, UnDivided and UnBound.
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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Starred Review. Grade 7 Up— Set in the future, UnWholly (Unwind Dystology Book 2)Kindle Edition. Neal Shusterman · out of 5 stars · $ · Neal Shusterman's Skinjacker Trilogy: Everlost; Everwild;. Shocking sci-fi gives teens plenty to get wound up about. Read Common Sense Media's Unwind: Unwind Dystology, Book 1 review, age rating, and parents guide. The first twisted and futuristic novel in the perennially popular New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal ruthenpress.info America.
He calls his pastor after doing so, who tells him he helped keep their faces out of the paper so Lev could be free. Astonished by this sudden change, Lev pulls the fire alarm to help Connor and Risa escape. Connor and Risa attempt to hide, but are discovered by a teacher, Hannah, who adopts the baby and helps them escape into an underground network of runaway unwinds.
Following several transfers between safe houses, the escaped children are eventually taken to a large warehouse by an airport. Lev, in the meantime, has also escaped and has joined a kid named Cy-Fi who claims not to be a runaway. He is headed to Joplin, Missouri because his right temporal lobe , taken from an unwound youth, takes over his mind at times. Cy-Fi teaches Lev some street smarts along the way, and Lev helps him and the youth inside him find closure.
At the warehouse, Risa begins to understand Roland's plans to groups of kids that might threaten him. She warns Connor that a fight between the two of them is looming since Connor appears to be the next biggest threat to Roland. Connor takes her words to heart and does not confront Roland when he attempts to rape Risa in the bathroom. Shortly after, they are all taken to an aircraft graveyard , where they are intended to remain until they turn eighteen.
A former admiral is in charge of the Graveyard and assigns the children to work detail. Roland starts up his trouble anew, spreading stories about the Admiral to sow discontent and to make himself the new leader.
Connor ends up on the Admiral's side as a spy, and when a number of the high-ranking youths are killed, they investigate, believing Roland to be responsible. A short time later, Lev arrives and joins a secret group that wants to take action and destroy Unwind facilities. The Admiral has a heart attack during a riot over doubts sown by Roland. Connor brings things under control and gets Roland and Risa to come with him to take the Admiral to a hospital, where they are caught and taken to a harvest camp.
Lev is at the camp as well, having turned himself in after becoming a "clapper", a suicide bomber who has had a specialized explosive chemical injected into their bloodstream that is detonated by clapping or other types of contact.
Roland is unwound because his blood type is in high demand. Just as Connor is about to be unwound, the other two clappers detonate their explosives at Lev's request. Lev intends to join them, but at the last minute changes his mind, determined to pull out unwound youth from the wreckage and save Connor. He succeeds, then surrenders to the police.
At the hospital, Connor and Risa reunite. The nurse gives Connor a fake ID previously belonging to a year-old guard killed in the explosion to save him from unwinding. Risa has been paralyzed from the waist down, and saves herself by refusing treatment, as disabled people cannot be unwound. Lev is saved by the explosive fluid in him, which is slowly being removed from his bloodstream. Risa and Connor return to the Graveyard to run it because the Admiral is too weak, having refused to take a new heart from an Unwind.
They promise to begin fighting against harvesting. The story ends with a party at the Admiral's house, celebrating the birthday of his son, whom he and his wife unwittingly had unwound.
All the people who received parts from his son attend, bringing him entirely there. The book ends with Connor becoming the new leader of the Graveyard.
Characters[ edit ] Connor Lassiter the "Akron AWOL" is a sixteen-year-old whose parents signed the unwind order because of his constant fighting, getting thrown out of several schools, and general bad behavior. His escape and shooting of a Juvery Cop named Nelson.
This event completely destroys Nelson's life, causing him to lose his job at the Juvenile Authority and become a "parts pirate" who finds AWOL Unwinds and sells them on the black market to be illegally unwound. He devotes his life to finding Connor and selling him to be unwound. Connor becomes a legend after shooting him with the tranquilizer gun, earning him the nickname "Akron AWOL," with stories that continue to become more elaborate with each telling. Connor changes from being an uncontrolled fighter to a person who contains their rage enough to rationalize and see what's hidden in many dangerous situations.
They find an unexpected loyalty to the Admiral, the leader of a runaway unwind camp where they are staying, when they discover the bodies of The Goldens, some of the Admiral's favorite Unwinds.
She became a ward of the state home when her parents "storked" her directly after she was born. Risa is a very skilled piano player, but was scheduled to be unwound to cut orphanage costs and because the orphanage felt she had already met her full potential. During a private conference with the headmaster, she feels like "her membership in the human race was just revoked. She is also very selfless, turning herself in to save another unwind's life. During their escape she manages to get food, clothes, and to get out of many sticky situations.
She is very good at taking care of young babies and wounds. She becomes a medic in the Graveyard because of her experiences at the orphanage.
Risa sees a great change in Connor when she helps him control his emotions and to think rationally about the situation instead of just fighting. Levi "Lev" Jedediah Calder is, at thirteen, the youngest of ten children. I especially enjoyed that, towards the end, they gave a first hand description of someone not saying who experiencing the process of being unwound My one regret is not having a group to read it with and then engage in about 10 hours of conversation about.
This is a wonderfully written book , concerning a future world where the abortion issue is settled by dissecting children and using body parts for grafting and organ transplants. Not to be considered killing as long as all the body parts are used.
Until the age of sixteen. This story concerns the fugitives that seek to escape and simply remain hidden until there sixteenth birthday. Highly recommend this book , on the order of the Underground railroad , George Orwell's "" and Nolan and Johnson's "Logan's Run" combined. Unwind is a very unique book. The premise of the book alone is unique and its just too difficult to place.
I think this is a really good thing and it had me hooked. This story is about a society that has been created within the United States. There was a civil war in which people fought either for pro-choice or pro-life in terms of abortion. However, in order to satisfy both sides, a bill was passed in which a child that is born cannot be harmed. Rather, when a child turns 13, the parents have a choice to have their child unwound. The parents have until the child turns 18, when they become a legal adult, to make this choice.
This satisfied both sides of the argument. As you can see, this is a very unique story. In my opinion, I believe that this book is a reflection of current day issues that we battle with in our society, specifically the issues of abortion, life, death, the right to live, being pro-choice, and the modernization of medicine.
It will leave your own opinions intact. I believe Shusterman did a good job in finding a balance in a delicate issue. This was merely a story about a group of teenagers having to deal with the cards that they have been dealt.
For me, what I got out of the story was that the way that our society and government is built, there are many choices that are made for us.
Adults have a little bit more of a choice in what happens to them, but for teenagers, they are often found without having an opportunity to voice themselves because they are not labeled as adults.
I think what happened in this book was that a group of teenagers fought to have their voices heard. The fact that there were so many characters in the book was both a blessing and a downfall.
On one had, as a reader, I was able to get different perspectives on a particular situation. You learned more tidbits from each character as the story went on. The story alternated between the same 3 or 4 characters, so you were able to return to a familiar character. I think I am used to so many books being written in first person. I am able to relate to them, feel the growth, and form a connection with that character.
I felt myself having to work a little bit with trying to switch my mindset back to another character. Another issue I had with Unwind was with the characters themselves. The author stated that the characters were about 16 years old, but they came off as 18 year olds. I sometimes feel that authors will say that their characters are a certain age but then write them to act much older in order to relate to the audience that they are writing for.
I know that the prospect and fear of having your organs harvested against your will is going to be a scary experience that changes you, even ages you, but it never seemed like these characters ever had that childlike innocence to begin with. When I first heard about this book, it seemed really creepy.
I also thought that the book was going to be a little bit more fast paced. The story seemed to drag a little bit in the middle, but the ending made up for it. I especially loved the ending, and I would have been more than okay with that being the ending to the entire story. There are two more books in the story called Unwholly and Unsouled.
The cover to Unsouled especially creeps me out! I really liked this book. I first heard about this book from Shusterman himself at an NCTE conference, as he talked about his inspiration for it: The concept itself was interesting enough, but Shusterman's expert craft takes it further and makes it a book that has stuck with me over the years.
The characters are realistic, and flawed. At points, they aren't likable. Their various stories take the reader through the process of really considering the value of human life and hoe er handle it. It forces the reader to ask themselves hard questions as the characters are doing the same, and at the same time gives teenagers a sense of agency to stand up for what they know is right.
This is the kind of book I would want my children studying in a classroom.
Kindle Edition Verified download. A fantastic start to a fantastic series. The Unwind Dystology is my favorite book series, and it all started with Unwind back in high school.
Deaths due to highway accident, suffocation, and terrorism. Spousal abuse mentioned. A man is knocked out with a blunt object; a near strangulation.
Parents need to know that Unwind is the first book in four-part science-fiction saga set in a society that kills teens to obtain body parts for transplants. Amid other violence, there's a very disturbing though not graphic scene of dismemberment that makes this book a better choice for teens mature enough to handle this difficult content. Add your rating See all 27 parent reviews.
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In the future, a war has been fought between the pro-life and pro-choice armies. Their final settlement: WhenConnor discovers that his parents have signed an order for his unwinding, he tries to escape. Eventually meeting up with Risa, another escaping Unwind, and Lev, whose life has been tithed to the church, Connor tries to keep them all one step ahead of the police.
But Lev may have other ideas. Once readers have managed the huge suspension of disbelief that UNWIND's premise requires, they'll find the story exciting and thought-provoking. Raising issues that range from abortion, organ transplant, and euthanasia to the rights of parents, children, and society, Shusterman does what he's done many times before -- takes an idea and runs with it far beyond where most authors are willing to go.
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