This book is shocking. This book plays on a gritty aspect. In the beginning, there is one part with a brutal bus crash. What makes their storytelling interesting, why I am interested with the characters, and what are the themes or meanings behind them. The link to that information is here. Link for that book is here. Well, this was a good book. How does the editor miss something like that? I wish there was more of a life conclusion in the end of the book as well. It doesnt tell much about how everyone lives afterwards.
I just want to say that these have been my favorite books since I was They really changed the way I view writing and other books! Unfortunately this highlighted how uncreative a lot of writers are with imagery in comparison! Ive read lots of your other books as well and have Bruiser at home on my book shelf! If anything Id love to see more trans characters in your work! Anyways, Im buying undivided once I get home from college so I just want to thabk you for always giving me something to look forward to.
Thank you for your comments, Maya! I try to be diverse with my books. With regards to Hayden, I thought it was much-needed to have a character who chooses to keep his sexuality his own business, and refuses to be defined by it. Hayden could be gay, straight, bi, or asexual, and he is happy to keep it to himself! Your story-telling style is witty, keep it up! And you can look our website about love spells. I love these books so much and I am so excited for it to be a tv show.
So much love for this series! Your email address will not be published. DRY is less than a month away! Because I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this book is better than The Hunger Games. First of all; the world-building is spectacular. It's all related to an issue we face right now: Being a Wendy Davis fangirl, this book disturbed and touched me on a very deep personal level.
It literally changed my life. The so-called "Heartland War" was fought by pro-choice and pro-life armies as each sought to obliterate the other. What's left is a compromise dictating that human life cannot be touched before adolescence, but between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a child can be "unwound"; a process by which the child is split apart and all organs Problem children are signed as Unwinds by parents at their wit's end, while tithes are born and raised to be unwound.
The premise didn't convince me at first. I couldn't buy it. I couldn't buy that people would sign off their children to be cut into pieces and scattered around like car parts. But that's the beauty of this book; while The Hunger Games never succeeded in convincing me, this book did. The farther I read, the more invested I became. It's electric, in every sense - the characters, the world, the premise, the writing.
The way tithes were brainwashed became frustrating, just as the "terribles" became nauseatingly tragic. Yes, I'm talking about Roland, a troubled boy sentenced to unwinding by his mother even after he saved her from her violent husband. Written off and judged as dangerous, Roland was unwound at Happy Jack harvest camp yes.
We have front row seats to Roland's unwinding. The narrative continues and we find ourselves watching, helpless, as a team of doctors and nurses cut him into pieces.
His fear leaps off the page. Our first and main narrator is Connor, a troubled boy not unlike most of the kids I've known at high school. He's not particularly vicious, spiteful or difficult. He's just a teenage boy on a rough patch. But his parents are lazy and selfish, so they sign him up to be unwound. Connor won't stand for it, though; he finds the order and makes tracks in the middle of the night.
Risa is a ward of the state. Due to budget cuts I kid you not she is signed up to be unwound. At her tribunal, in which she's informed she'll be sent to a harvest camp, she's told that she isn't smart or talented enough to be kept alive. Lev is a tithe, a child born and raised to be signed off as an Unwind as soon as he turns thirteen. His oldest brother is vehemently against the process, but his deeply religious parents have convinced Lev that being tithed is a great honor that he must follow through to the end.
The collision of these three characters is the start of this never-ending thrill ride that comes to a screaming stop only on the very last page.
The last page is equally as rewarding, so never fear! My point before, while I was still reading this, is thus: Does this depress anyone else? Can we please start having some faith in our own gender, women, and stop letting male writers covet positive and proactive females? Also, interestingly, the romance in Unwind , though light, was more convincing than anything I've read in YA lately. It brought me to tears twice, and only made me love both characters more.
Perhaps it's because it never felt like a Romatic Plot Tumor, and it never felt forced. There was no "tightness in my chest" or "shimmering azure pools". It was two people, two desperate teenagers, knowing and accepting and appreciating each other.
Though who else thought Connor and Risa should have had the smex? If you're going to be slaughtered in a matter of days and your loved one is right there, all hot and yummy, wouldn't you want to have the smex?
I loved her just as much as I loved Connor. Sometimes I loved her more. Risa is just alive , so filled with personality and integrity and intelligence. She's strong, capable, and entirely independent. Her final fate along with Connor's was a little bittersweet, but on the whole it fully satisfied me. Like, MAN, did it satisfy me. You know when you're really hungry, and then you scarf down a massive Montana's steak with 'shrooms and tomatoes and steak sauce and big fries with salt and vinegar?
That's how satisfied I was. I hope y'all are hungry now. Guise, my ONLY problem with this book lies in the writing. To begin with, I didn't like it. It took a while for me to get into the style of it, and the editing was squiffy as hell: I also don't like all-caps sentences in published works save it for Tumblr, bbys but once I got used to it, it really just stopped bothering me. And sure, the little blips above irritate me, but there are dozens of gloriously beautiful passages within Unwind that moved me and allowed me to easily forgive Shusterman for the slip-ups.
Third person present tense is difficult to pull off, but Shusterman did. And hella kudos for that, broski! Unwind isn't for the faint-hearted. It pushes a lot of very close-to-home questions that might make you squirm. What is the value of life? Does our society unfairly judge youth? Do we give up on troubled children too quickly? Is revenge ever justified? Can you justify cruel means to a kind end? How far would you go to preserve your own life?
What sacrifices would you make? These questions are never explicitly answered by Unwind , and this is what makes this book such a legend. It never preaches, only teaches. It informs, but does not push opinions. It poses questions that are open to be answered by the reader, not the author. It is a very challenging read, but an incredibly rewarding one.
This book is absolutely excellent. It's probably one of my favourite books of all time. I adore the brilliant characters, the electric premise, the gorgeous writing and the wildly original premise. It's so full of heart.
I was shocked, disturbed, enlightened, amazed. It grabbed hold of me and drew me in from the first page. It's highly original, and basically, a triumph in every sense of the word. View all 23 comments. I've been letting this book process in my mind for many days now and I still don't know where to start.
This is an older book, one that has been held in highest regards by many for almost a decade now, so whenever I read a book like this I feel awkward and useless writing a review. What could I possibly say to do this book justice that hasn't been said yet? I'm not even sure there are words to describe just how undone this book made me feel. It's rare that I find myself emotionally involved in a I've been letting this book process in my mind for many days now and I still don't know where to start.
The only way I know to describe how this book made me feel is that it wormed it's way so deep inside my body that it touched my soul. My brain felt so jumbled it didn't know whether I should cry, vomit, or give a standing ovation, so it just kind of snorted.
If you read the tiny blurb above then you know that there isn't much given away of what this book really is, other than touching on the fact that it's premise is truly horrifying. While I'm not planning on giving away any major spoilers or plot points, if you're wanting to go in completely blind, I recommend stopping right here and grabbing the book.
If you are wanting to get a little more of a feel of what this is before you dive in, keep reading on. To end the war, a set of constitutional amendments known as "The Bill of Life" was passed. It satisfied both the Pro-life and the Pro-choice armies. The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen.
However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively "abort" a child The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called "unwinding. It's a little hard to swallow, yes? When I initially saw this page I thought "Geez, a little dramatic. I'm not sure how he's going to make this seem realistic, but I'll follow along and keep an open mind.
When I think of how utterly disturbing an "unwinding" would be, I found myself riddled with all types of questions. What happens in an unwinding? Will we be privy to a procedure? Is this going to be highly graphic and full of blood and guts? How is this being marketed as a YA novel? Here's what I found out after reading this book; yes, we find out what happens specifically in an unwinding and are privy to one, but just one, and it is highly disturbing in the most subtle way.
What surprised me the most though was the lack of graphic violence aside from one major scene near the end. The reason this book is so utterly brilliant is due to the fact that the author has left most of the highly disturbing factors vague; he knew for each reader, what would move us the most, would be different and has given us the opportunity to let our imagination carry us where he couldn't take us with too much structure and detail. I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.
The story is divided into seven parts, each told from multiple views, but mainly from three. Risa is a ward of the state and is set to be unwound due to the lack of space in the institutions housing orphans.
She is a musician but not deemed talented enough to be considered cost effective in keeping around. Lev is a tithe; these are children conceived and raised specifically to be unwound once they reach the age of thirteen. These three lines converge at a specific event and begin what I like to consider the first part of our journey. I won't give away anything else, but we ride lots of ups and downs with these folks.
The ending was satisfying in the sense that it clearly is left with the assumption of a series following, but there isn't a giant cliff hanger where you feel pressured to pick up the next book immediately. In fact, I've seen most people choose to read this as a standalone and not continue on. Either way, this is a book that is worth your time; it's far from your typical, sometimes flimsy YA novel. There was actually a good bit of "real life" research that went into this story; Shusterman found various news articles surrounding stem cell research that helped form a base for his fictional story to be crafted around.
I know this because I took the time to look up each link he provided and, by George, they are real! Yes, it's highly disturbing, horrifying, and a place our mind doesn't even want to venture to, but this book touched on so many issues in our current state of affairs world wide and is surprisingly still relevant after nearly ten years.
Stem Cell Research, Cellular Memory, Reproductive Rights, the afterlife, faith, and morals; it's all discussed in this book. I found myself constantly pondering all of the above and how it relates to humanity. As a parent, this was a hard book to stomach. It brought an all-too-real sense of terror over me that I couldn't shake, and still haven't. The Roland scene was one where I had to put the book down, wipe the tears from my eyes, and process before I could continue on to finish.
The reason this book can even have the potential of being beloved by so many is this: It's a beautiful thing folks. It's all there, and that's why I'm going to recommend this book to literally everyone I come in contact with. I could ramble on for weeks about this book, but I think it would be better if you just read it for yourself. I'm also planning on continuing the series, so I'll try to provide insight into whether or not it's worth investing in the long haul or just soaking up this treasure by itself.
View all 30 comments. You are not going to believe me, but I came to this book with open arms. It survived weeks of cuts and call-backs to become one of the final six books that were carefully wrapped in pajamas before being placed in the suitcase and flown to Switzerland. Well, given the length of this trip, space constraints, and my mercurial ways, they also had to be relatively thin, paperback, and fast-paced, but you get my point.
Alas, from the very first c You are not going to believe me, but I came to this book with open arms. Alas, from the very first chapter, I was wrinkling my nose.
He has gotten into some fist fights at school and has bouts of anger, but is fundamentally a good kid. I like him well enough. Unwinding is an interesting, if poorly explored, idea. But the selection of candidates is where I start to rebel. Your children may frustrate and exhaust you, but deep down, there is this primal urge to see them survive and thrive.
Even childless me can think of dozens of examples of family and friends loving their offspring despite rough patches. Heck, my sister drove my mother bananas during her teenage years. We were only a mile from home and it was a scenic walk through pastures, yet it sure left an impression on twelve year old Cassy sitting in the back seat.
Never going to happen! However, Shusterman portrays them as a middle class, respectable household making a socially acceptable decision. In fact, they have another son that they adore. The sad thing is this stumbling block was easily removable. Imagine that due to a government regulation aimed at population control, you can only have one child pass the age of twenty-one.
With such a brief explanation, Shusterman would have appeased me. I accept that during a nasty divorce, the two embittered sides would rather dispose of their child than let the other gain custody.
I completely buy that a state ward would be unwound due to limited space and budget cuts. My other quibble is the lack of effort Shusterman showed in establishing his world. I know the setting is the United States sometime in the future several decades? The people still use cell phones, drive cars, and eat chicken. At one point, Shusterman makes a lame attempt to suggest advancement by displaying iPods at an antique store.
Oh, look at those cute, pink iPod Nanos! I think my grandmother used one of those! Perhaps my critique of his imagination is unfair. The cover and premise led me to believe this would be science-fiction. I would now assign it to the dystopian category. Even if all the above is outside the scope of what Shusterman wanted to accomplish, I still feel entitled to more about who gets the organs from the unwound.
Who coordinates the transplants? How are recipients prioritized? Do they pay for organs? Are there cosmetic transplants or are they allowed for only medical necessitates? The one nod I will give Shusterman in this regard: Why bother trying to understand heart disease when new hearts are so readily available? We are privy to an actual unwinding surgery and it is chilling to watch a character being dissembled. Ultimately, though, the ending is sprinkled with more underdeveloped tidbits.
It is possible to remove tattoos nowadays! Have they forgotten how? Shusterman attempt at depth fails, as well, when he takes on one of the most challenging and philosophical questions of all time: Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a book which uses a similar device to address a similar question and whose subtle touch I found to be far more effectual. View all 67 comments. Sep 26, C. Drews rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm torn here, struggling whether to recommend this book or shout to you never to pick up this book because you will not sleep again!
This is a horror, thriller dystopian and I cannot say loud enough that this is not a book for everyone. I believe you need to read a book before you can say you hate it. But, honestly, I think you need to be aware that this is a horror before you go into it. When does life start? When does it end? And who should be allowed to end it? The book is full of real questions — questions people ask today and struggle to come up with answers.
At first I struggled to figure out if the author was for or against abortion. Now I realize, I struggled to figure it out because the author was careful to write, with detail and precision, both sides to the story. There are always 2 sides in a story. Instead of aborting unborn children, this futuristic government has made laws to protect their lives.
Instead, a child — between the ages of 13 and 18 — can be unwound. Unwinding is like organ donating. They take your organs and give them to people who need them — cancer patients, car-accident victims, sick, mangled or disease ridden people.
The question in the book is: Yes, I worded that right. And if you think this book is based entirely on speculation: But it has been known to happen. Another theme that runs through the story is the phrase: Stop and think about that for a second, eh? After you read this book, you will never I repeat, never say that phrase again. I have to add in here, too, that the writing of this book is brilliant.
Considering I want to write a little like that, I was excited to try it out. The flow of sentences, the dialogue, the humour, the plot, the character development: The author hooked me in with his brilliant, real characters. Next his style of writing. Then the themes of his book. Between all that, there was no way I could avoid some serious thinking. It makes you think.
About unwanted children, and futuristic governments, and the horror of mind-manipulation. One thing that really struck with me was the unwanted children part. So many children are unwanted. In our day-and-age, babies are aborted. Whose fault is that? How do we treat them? This book throws questions in your face and demands you think about them. I loved the characters Connor and Risa best of all; Lev kind of annoyed me until the end.
They were real and tangible and they developed with such ease that I was left feeling gobsmacked. The author has an implicit way with crafting characters. And the plot was breathtaking — full of twists and turns. It wasn't so much the description, but what wasn't described that left you reeling. And the ending…saying it was brutal and torturous and so effortlessly written would be an understatement. The ending will change your mind.
You will be moved. You will be challenged. You will cry if not outside, inside. This is a disturbing book. It will play in your mind for days. But you know what? I think books like these are important — extremely important.
View all 16 comments. Apr 09, Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing Recommended to Dan by: The Amazing Emily Scherrer. In a dystopian near future, teenagers Connor and Risa are sentenced to be unwound. When their paths cross with a tithe named Lev, they flee the world they know and become fugitives. But how long can they run before the past catches up with them? Imagine a world where abortion is illegal but it's perfectly acceptable to have disagreeable children unwound, that is, disassembled and their organs given to waiting recipients, when they are between the ages of 13 and 18?
That's the basic premise beh In a dystopian near future, teenagers Connor and Risa are sentenced to be unwound. That's the basic premise behind Unwound and it's not as farfetched as I want it to be.
Is forced organ donation really that far outside of what happens today? Unwind is a fast-paced YA novel dealing with the ethics of what happens to unwanted children and the consequences. Shusterman introduce such concepts as unwinding, storking abandoning unwanted children on doorsteps , and tithing people raised specifically to be unwound. The characters drive the story forward at a cheetah's pace. Connor, the lead, gets most of the time, as does Roland, his bullying nemesis.
Lev and Risa, while important, don't shine as much as the approaching conflict between Connor and Roland. While I thought I knew how things would turn out, there were quite a few unexpected wrinkles along the way, like CyFy, the Graveyard, the Admiral, and the Clappers. I don't really want to get into specifics for fear of revealing to much of what happens.
Suffice to say, I found Shusterman's writing very suited to the tale he was telling and the worldbuilding was superb. Much like The Handmaid's Tale , the world seemed alien at first glance but really isn't that far removed from our own, making it all the more chilling. It's a five star read, the only complaint I can think of is that I wanted it to be longer.
View all 14 comments. I would give this to a young-un in a heartbeat. I mean it in the best possible way when I say that I can see this book as the basis for a highly popular t. Let me tell you a few more things about this place: Every part of an unwind IS actually still alive, and has the personality of the person it used to belong to.
Also, every part of your brain contains your full personality. The three characters collide on their way to a harvest camp and begin a dangerous flight toward safety. Folks, we are far FAR crueler to our children than this!! With all of the topics loosely tied to this book eg, abortion, child rights, and so forth , I kept expecting it to have a message or a platform of some kind.
I kept expecting it to become tied to reality in some way — even some small aspect — that I could latch on to. I think that the closest it came to that was Lev and the clappers. I think that he is the most developed of the characters and displays the most growth out of everyone. About halfway through this book I realized something: And I was doing okay with that. And yeah, there are so many crazy suppositions and ideas in this world that I was having an extremely hard time buying into ANY of it.
BUT, taken as a simple story with most of the real gruesomeness of the world white washed out, and with characters that are like heroes in training, I could appreciate it in a certain way.
But then…a certain scene happened. A certain scene that was just so over the top callous, gruesome, and horrific and in such a completely unrealistic, highly manufactured way that it felt like the absolute cheapest of cheap shots. I do not appreciate being manipulated! And it really felt like it went downhill quickly from there: Unfortunately for me, they all felt entirely manufactured and so unbelievable that I was basically just praying for this book to end.
As the credits roll to a close, he stands scarred and stoic in front of a ragged band of teens: I would totally watch that show. View all 57 comments. Jan 02, Justin rated it really liked it. First of all, lemme thank the Huffington Post and people I respect on Goodreads for leading me to this book.
I googled "best dystopian novels of all time in the world ever" or something along those lines I'm not the best googler in the world and HuffPo was one of the links I clicked on, and this book was on the list, and I recognized the cover, and I was a little skeptical but read some reviews, and one thing led to another, yada yada yada And this was a really thrilling, thought-provoking p First of all, lemme thank the Huffington Post and people I respect on Goodreads for leading me to this book.
And this was a really thrilling, thought-provoking piece of young adult dystopian literature that really hooked me from the beginning. I had a hard time putting it down. And now I'm going to explain to you how this book felt like a roller coaster. It starts off with that slow uphill climb as you're introduced to the characters. You meet the three main protagonists first, learn about their families and their backgrounds, get to know new terms like unwinding and storking, yada yada yada And then, holy moly!
This thing takes off from the top of the incline at rapid speed, and I just had to put my hands up in the air and scream with glee because I'm having such a great time on this thing! I never want it to end! The twists and turns! This is not what I expected, but it's still so great!
So that's how it was like a roller coaster. Slow and steady in the beginning, and then it never lets off the brakes until the very end. Neal Shusterman born November 12, is an American writer of young-adult fiction. Shusterman was born and raised in Brooklyn , New York.
Even from a young age, Shusterman was an avid reader. At age 16, Shusterman and his family moved to Mexico City.
During his years there, he wrote a popular humor column for the school paper. Within a year, Shusterman had his first book deal, and a screenwriting job. He currently lives in Southern California with his four children. Unwind has won more than 30 awards, and is now in development with Constantin Films as a feature film series.
Unwind Dystology Series. 4 primary works • 10 total works. Book 1. Unwind. All three thrilling books in Neal Shusterman’s Ne The Complete Unwind Dystology: Unwind / UnWholly / UnSouled / UnDivided. by Neal Shusterman. · Ratings · 38 Reviews · published · 2 editions.
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award/5(K).
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. Check out the Unwind Movie Site! The Unwind Dystology is a series of science fiction novels by him which includes Unwind (), UnStrung () (digital novella), UnWholly (), UnSouled () and UnDivided (). The Schwa Was Here This is a book which caters to the young adult audience.
"Unwind" is a very good, fast paced science fiction/dystopian series. (I read many YA dystopians this is by far in my top 3) I do warn you it is disturbing at one point or another throughout the series/5. Unwind (Unwind Dystology Book 1) - Kindle edition by Neal Shusterman. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Unwind (Unwind Dystology Book 1)/5(K).