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Unwind, Neal Shusterman

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Unwind
Title
Unwind
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Neal Shusterman
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eng
Summary
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive
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Award
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), High School, 2010.
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award), 2010.
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, Teen category, 2011.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), Intermediate Books, 2010.
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for High School, 2010.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2008
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2008
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: Top Ten: 2008
Review
  • Gr. 6-9 Following in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Shusterman uncorks a Modest Proposal of his own to solve a Pro-Life/Pro-Choice dilemma. Set in a future in which abortions are outlawed but parents have the option of signing over their 13- to 17-year-olds to be used as organ donors, the tale focuses on 16-year-old Connor, who falls in with other prospective Unwinds and finds a temporary refuge (thanks to a clandestine organization with its own peculiar agenda) before being captured and sent to Happy Jack Harvest Camp. Though laced with intrigue, betrayals, and narrow squeaks, the story is propelled less by the plot (which is largely a series of long set pieces) than by an ingeniously developed cast and premise. But even readers who gravitate more to plot-driven fiction will find this present-tense page-turner thrilling, though it's guaranteed to leave some feeling decidedly queasy—despite the (improbable) happy ending. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 10-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 4, p45)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up— An unsettling futuristic novel set after the Second Civil War. Connor Lassiter, age 16, runs away from his suburban Ohio home after discovering that his parents have scheduled his "unwinding." His body parts will go to other people who need them. He will be both terminated and "technically" kept alive, only in a separated state. The constitutional amendments known as "The Bill of Life" permit parents to choose "retroactive" abortion for children between the ages of 13 and 18. Connor meets another Unwind, Risa, and they kidnap Lev, who is a Tithe (the 10th child born to a single family with the express purpose of being unwound). Their escape and survival stories interweave as they struggle to avoid harvest camps. Luckily, an underground network is helping Unwinds escape to safety. There is evenhanded, thoughtful treatment of many issues, including when life starts and stops, consciousness, religion, free will, law, trust and betrayal, suicide bombers, and hope. Initially, the premise of parents dismantling their children is hard to accept; however, readers are quickly drawn into the story, which is told in a gripping, omniscient voice. Characters live and breathe; they are fully realized and complex, sometimes making wrenchingly difficult decisions. This is a thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely, especially to readers who enjoy Scott Westerfeld's Uglies (2005), Pretties (2005), and Specials (2006, all S & S).—Amy J. Chow, New York Public Library --Amy J. Chow (Reviewed January 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 1, p126)
  • Shusterman's Everlost (2006) dealt with death and children with a sense of innocence, redemption and even humor. None of that is present here. In a time not far distant, life is deemed to be sacrosanct from the instant of conception until the age of 13. From 13 to 18, however, parents and guardians have the opportunity to have children "unwound." Technically, life doesn't end, but every part of the child is "harvested" to be parceled out and passed on to the highest bidder. In this gruesome age of organ harvest, readers meet Connor (doomed to be unwound by his parents), Risa (doomed as a ward of the state due to overcrowding) and Lev, a tithe, conceived for the express purpose of being unwound and "donated" to society. Their story of escape and struggle to survive in a society that lauds itself on the protection of life, but which has reduced human body parts to market commodities, unrolls against a bleak background of indifference, avarice, guilt, regret, loss, pain and rebellion. Well-written, this draws the reader into a world that is both familiar and strangely foreign, and generates feelings of horror, disturbance, disgust and fear. As with classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, one can only hope that this vision of the future never becomes reality. (Science fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2007)
Awards note
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie), 2010
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List, 2009-2010.
  • Tayshas High School Reading List, 2009.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
229325
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DLC
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Shusterman, Neal
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • UG
  • 6-8
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
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True
Series statement
Unwind Dystology
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
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  • Fugitives from justice
  • Survival
  • Revolutionaries
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Survival
  • Revolutionaries
  • Science fiction
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Revolutionaries
  • Survival
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Unwind, Neal Shusterman
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Control code
ocm74964176
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
335 pages
Isbn
9781416912040
Lccn
2006032689
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)74964176
Label
Unwind, Neal Shusterman
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm74964176
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
335 pages
Isbn
9781416912040
Lccn
2006032689
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)74964176

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