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What is your life worth? Imagine a future in which those who are pro-life and those who are pro-choice have fought a second civil war over the sanctity of life. They end the war by compromising on a "Bill of Life" that states all pregnancies must come to term; however, parents and guardians have the right when their child is between the ages of thirteen and eighteen to abort them. The child does not die though. Each and every part of the child is kept alive; thus they are technically still alive, just in separate pieces. This process is known as "unwinding." Once the unwind order is signed, no changes can be made; even if the parent changes their mind, it is irreversible.

Connor discovers his own unwinding order after investigating tickets he finds, tickets to the Bahamas for everyone in his family, except for him. Connor is a good teen, but like many teens, his emotions can get the better of him and his parents have a hard time controlling him. Risa is a ward of the state of Ohio and the orphanage is overcrowded. She tries to convince the headmaster of her worth, but bungles her chance when she makes five mistakes at her piano recital. Lev rejoices in his destiny at a party solely dedicated to celebrating him and his life. Lev's family is extremely devoted to their religion; Lev, as the tenth child in his family, is destined to be a human tithe, a human sacrifice. Lev enjoys the attention this brings and is happy to fulfill his destiny.

These three teenagers meet when Connor decides to go AWOL and escape his unwinding order. The book develops through their, and others, alternating viewpoints of what happens to a teenager once the order is signed. Connor, Risa, and Lev's journey to their future follows their growing recognition of what their life means to them.

Shusterman teases the reader with just enough information to keep going, but continues to build this disturbing view of the future as the storyline develops. Mysterious references to clappers and storked babies are explained more fully later in the book and these people round out the unsettling forces at work in this troubled society. This very thought-provoking book would not leave my mind for days, or truthfully weeks, after reading it. This book has made the rounds of the youth services division and one of my co-workers still gives me grief over the books weeks after reading it. Not for the faint-hearted, especially as the reader learns more about the unwinding process, this disturbing novel will pluck at your mind and have you wondering what your life is worth.


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How many chapters in the book unwind?

The book "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman has a total of 53 chapters.

What book by Neal Shusterman is your favorite?

either everlost full tilt or unwind

When was the bookunwind published?

"Unwind" by Neal Shusterman was first published on November 6, 2007.

Who is Akron AWOL in the book unwind by Neal shusterman?

Akron AWOL is a character in "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman, part of the graveyard that Connor, Risa, and Lev encounter. He is a troubled and unpredictable Unwind who has the ability to control others by projecting his feelings onto them. He plays a significant role in the story as a foil to the way the other main characters approach their situation.

What is your favorite Neal Shusterman book?

Unwind definitely. By the way, the previous answer was incorrect as Neal is still alive and I actually had the chance to meet him today.

How many parts is in unwind book?

"Unwind" by Neal Shusterman is divided into three parts. Each part follows different characters as the story unfolds.

What is the birth name of Neal Shusterman?

Neal Shusterman was born on November 12, 1962.

Why did neal shusterman write the book UNWIND?

Neal Shusterman wrote the book "Unwind" to explore ethical dilemmas surrounding society's treatment of children and the concept of bodily autonomy. The story presents a dystopian world where parents can choose to have their teenagers "unwound," or harvested for body parts, to address overpopulation and societal issues. Shusterman wanted to provoke discussions on the value of life and individual rights.

Did Neal Shusterman die?

No, Neal Shusterman did not die.

Will there be a sequal to neal shusterman's book unwind?

Yes, there is a sequel to Neal Shusterman's book "Unwind" called "Unwholly." It is the second book in the series and continues the story of the characters in the dystopian world where teenagers can be "unwound."

Are there any similes in unwind by Neal shusterman?

Yes, "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman contains similes to help create vivid and descriptive comparisons. One example is "your parents. It's like they're playing chess, and you're the pawn they sacrifice to win the game."

Who are all the Goldens in the book Unwind by Neal Shusterman?

In the book "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman, the Goldens are a family of ten children who are unplanned siblings and were saved from being unwound by their parents. They are very close and protective of each other, forming a strong bond as a family unit throughout the story.