Author Shusterman, Neal
Language English
New York: Simon & Schuster/BFYR, 2014


Three teens band together in order to sway the government to repeal all rulings in support of a procedure in which unwanted teenagers are captured and are unwound into parts that can be reused for transplantation.

Subjects :

  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • Fugitives From Justice Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Death & Dying
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction
  • Revolutionaries Fiction

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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 5.6
Interest Level 6-8
Title Point Value 25

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Reviews :

Schneider, Abby (BRB Missouri)
Shusterman has done it again. People who read the first three Unwind books will love this exciting, terrifying, thrilling conclusion. People who have not read the first three Unwind books should do so immediately. Teenagers in this dark, but frighteningly realistic, storyworld live in fear of being unwound, or torn apart into body parts for organ transplants. In this installment, Cam and Risa find a device that could be the end of unwinding, if they could only expose the technology to the world without leaving themselves vulnerable to unwinding. Lev is also trying to end unwinding, by involving the Chancepeople, who want nothing to do with politics but might be strong enough to end unwinding forever. Cam has been purchased by the Marines and Starkey continues blowing up harvest camps all over America, killing thousands of doctors and causing more hatred and fear towards teens. This book is gripping and elicits a mixture of engrossment and revulsion. It's brilliantly written and there's never a dull moment. Readers who like dystopias, suspense, action, strong characters, and underground revolutions will love this book, as will fans of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series.
(ISBN: 9781481409759)

Jennifer M. Miskec (VOYA)
In Undivided, readers are reunited with Connor, Risa, Lev, and the rest. Tensions come to a head as Lev works on persuading the Ar pache council to allow kids who are trying to escape unwinding to live as refugees on Chancefolk land, and Cam continues his search to expose Proactive Citizenry--the despicable company responsible for unwinding--in hopes to bring it down in the process. Starkey, with his army of storks called the Stork Brigade, continues to terrorize harvest camps across America, while Connor and Risa try to figure out ways to make the organ printer work. Hot on Connor and Risa s trail is Nelson, the ex-Juvey cop hell-bent on seeing Connor unwound. When Nelson finally captures Connor and takes him to be unwound by his black-market contact, Risa is devastated and desperate. With a twist ending that takes the reader by surprise, Shusterman finishes off the series with an unlikely reconciliation between Connor and Cam. Teen readers have been waiting for the conclusion to the UnWind Dystology. The popularity of this series is warranted: it is smart, it is dark, it is riveting, and the characters are drawn with respect. Furthermore, Shusterman s series transcends the dystopian fan base. Libraries without books one through three should get them. Those who already have them, start the waiting list now. VOYA CODES: 5Q 5P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2015, Simon & Schuster, 384p., $18.99. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster/BFYR (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2014])

Kirkus (Kirkus)
The grisly conclusion to the Unwind Dystology. Times have changed for Connor, Risa, Lev and company—the heroes and heroines of a brave fight to prevent the government from harvesting the organs of unruly teens. Chilling propaganda pushes the Marcella Initiative, a law that would allow the government to unwind teenagers without their parents' permission. Also, Connor and his team find an "organ printer" that could be the answer they need to stop the unwinding atrocities around the globe, and egomaniacal Mason Starkey continues to attack harvest camps across the country with bloodthirsty vengeance. Meanwhile, a gang of evil, elite black-market organ harvesters pursues Connor with deadly intent. Shusterman's finale might be the best one in the series since the first: He cuts straight to the chase with the plotting and creates horrifically heinous supervillians to keep it moving and ensure readers are glued to the edges of their seats. His settings are also dead-on, so to speak: In one iconic, symbolic scene, the Statue of Liberty's arm is replaced with another, and readers can't help but wonder if this is the future. Everything culminates in an action-packed, heart-wrenching conclusion guaranteed to chill readers to the bone. 2014, Simon & Schuster, 480 pp., $18.99. Category: Dystopian adventure. Ages 12 to 15. © 2014 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2014.)

John Peters (Booklist)
The battle for hearts and minds and teenage body parts winds to a dramatic close in this finale to Shusterman s darkly satiric UnWind Dystology. As megalomaniac rebel Starkey ramps up attacks on harvest camps, where teens are sent by the ever-more-powerful Juvenile Authority to be physically unwound, patchwork chimera Camus discovers that he is a prototype for an army manufactured from spare parts, and former volunteer subject Lev looks for a way to spur the Ar pache and other Chancefolk tribes to rebel. Meanwhile ruthlessly hunted rebels Conor, Risa, and Grace look for ways to publicize a long-suppressed technological advance that will make unwinding unnecessary. Folding in actual, chillingly relevant news stories, Shusterman expertly brings together a series of crises, betrayals, escapes, self-sacrifices, and desperate ploys, culminating in a massive march on Washington and sea changes in both government rhetoric and public opinion. A true page-turner like the previous books, this is predicated on the truth that major social change comes not from a single significant act but a confluence of smaller ones. Grades 6-9
(PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2014.)

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Series :

Unwind dystology-4

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Simon & Schuster/BFYR, 2014

Media Type: Language Material
xii 372 pages ;
PZ7.S55987 ([Fic])
ISBN: 9781481409759,

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