Unwind by Neal Shusterman (PDF - Online Reading - Download - Summary - Review)

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Unwind is a 2007 dystopian novel by young adult author Neal Shusterman. It takes place in the United States in the near future. After the Second Civil War was fought over abortion, a compromise was reached allowing parents to sign an order to "uncoil" their children between the ages of 13 and 18, i.e., take them to "harvest fields." and dissect them into body parts for later use. The reasoning is that since 99.44% of the body is used, Uncoilers don't technically die because their individual body parts are still alive.

Summary

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, parents can "uncoil" their child, whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted to different donors, so technically life doesn't end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, under the guardianship of the state, is not enough to stay alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be uncoiled. Together, they may have a chance to escape and survive.

Review

Three teenagers fight for their lives and each other in this breathtaking and suspenseful first book of Neal Shusterman's twisted New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology series.

About The Author

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. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves.

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