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UnStrung (Unwind Dystology #1.5)

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How did Lev Calder move from an unwillingly escaped Tithe to a clapper?

In this new ebook original short story, author Neal Shusterman opens a window on Lev's adventures between the time he left CyFi and when he showed up at the Graveyard.

Lev's experiences on a Hi-Rez, an extraordinarily wealthy Native American Reservation introduce him to a teen with remarkable musical tal
ebook, 60 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jul 07, 2012 Julie marked it as to-read
An UNWIND novella?!

Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I'm not going to go into any sort of summary or recap for UnStrung because there isn't much to break down when it comes to reading something the length of a few short chapters. If you're interested in why I think this series is badass, check out the summary for Unwind, the first book in the series. The description alone sells the book.

Reading UnStrung didn't do much except to stir my enthusiasm for the upcoming book, as was probably the point. At first, I didn't understand why this "h
Aug 26, 2012 Maggie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
So I've basically arranged my reading (and sleeping) schedule around the fact that UnWholly comes out on Tuesday, and I've been saving this novella for today. And.... meh. I don't know if I was influenced by the fact that I know it wasn't Neal Shusterman who wrote this, or if the story just isn't up to Unwind standards, but I was neither over or underwhelmed. Did Frankie Landau-Banks say I could be whelmed? Then I am whelmed. I don't think it's a MUST READ for Unwind fans the way Ferragost is a ...more
Well, well, well. Neal Shusterman. We meet again.

I apologise profusely for my ridiculously slow progress on Unwholly. I am enjoying the story, but I think my copy has been reclaimed by the monster under my bed, since I remember it fell on the floor one night, and it wasn't there when I woke up the next day. Anyway!

With the beauty that is an Amazon gift card, I downloaded Unstrung, which is one of those odd little '0.5' novellas that are supposed to fit in between canonical events. I know Julie K
Guys, this comes out the day before my birthday.
Thank you, book gods.
Ash Wednesday

This was about a whole bunch of rich People of Chance (i.e. Native Americans) protected from the Unwind Accord are living their own personal dramas when a certain Lev Calder dropped in and sought asylum. One such drama Lev caught himself in is with a sixteen year old boy, Wil, with a marvelous talent for playing the guitar who only wants to be appreciated by his tribe... but isn't because it's considered selfish on Wil's part to expect so.

Okay, beyond their walls kids are running for
This one is really difficult to rate, because, although it does shed light on a very important decision a character makes in the first book and sets a bridge between the developments of the stories in both books, it felt... off. I really don't know how to explain it. First off, it is obvious Shusterman had very little to do with the writing of this short story. He might've plotted it, but filling it in went to the other author and, while she did a decent job at sounding like him, it didn't read ...more
How did Lev Calder move from an unwillingly escaped Tithe to a clapper?


I figure this would tell me but...maybe I missed it?

Don't get me wrong, I liked the story. It gives us another side and another view of unwinding. The People of Chance have different laws and of course different problems and I appreciated having this glimpse. However, I'm not sure how that changed Lev into the boy who pops up again in Unwind. Where did all the anger come from? When did he decide clapping was the answer? I du
Duffy Pratt
This type of book is a tough sell for an author. It tells the story of what happened to Lev from the time he left CyFi to sometime before he appeared in the Graveyard. As such, it fills a hole in the story arcs in Unwind. But was there a need to fill such a hole? If so, then the author is pretty much admitting that he blew it when writing Unwind. If not, then what's the point of having this story.

Ultimately, I suppose its just for fun. And I also suspect that he let this story be released becaus
Tyler Barnes
What happens whenever you make a short story between the first and second books in a series? You get a 1.5 book! After he split up from Connor and Risa in Unwind , Lev went on a journey where he met a person who called himself Cy-Fi. Eventually, the two of them split up and then many parts of Lev's story was lost and confusing in the rest of Unwind . That's what this book is about.

After many people and critics asked him about Lev's story, he got so many comments that he decided to write this boo
Oh, my...Shusterman calls this 1.5 for a's a story within UNWIND...a story from Lev's point of view that covers time from his leaving CyFi until his appearance at the Camp. He ends up in an Indian reservation...supposedly safe ground from AWOL bounty hunters. There he exposes his initial ignorance and prejudice of native ways, to a deep respect and reverence. He meets Wil, a gifted guitarist who is suffering through real identity concerns...where does he fit in? How can he contribute ...more
Rachel Lightwood
I don't know what I expected with Unstrung, but it wasn't this. It was completely pointless! I know that these sorts of in-between novellas are usually written to occupy the fans until the release of the next sequel but seriously? This was just... meh. Maybe it was just my dislike of Lev or my confusion with the entire Slot-Mongers introduction that prohibited me from liking this but I just couldn't get into it. Thankfully it was blissfully short and easy to fly through. It wasn't anything speci ...more
Somehow managed to make me cry in 60 pages. Thanks, Neal.
I really don't usually get this emotional over books, but something about Neal's style and stories can really do it to me.
Great little novella, even though the plot felt a little rushed. You should probably read it before unwholly, but if you have already read unwholly I wouldn't worry. I read unwholly before I knew unstrung existed, and it really made the same point, just in a different order. It's really just a choice of which book you c
Sep 11, 2012 kari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 5-star, 2012, ya
I just want to lie down and sob for an hour or two. Be back to write a review when I've composed myself.
So. *deep breath*
This story tells a little more about Lev, what happens after leaving CyFi and there is more added to why he comes to feel the way he does, why he becomes so filled with hatred that he is willing to sacrifice himself. I was not expecting what happens in this story at all.
I hope there will be some tie in to the overall arc of what happened here.
This was a wonderful surprise. I'm really glad Neal decided to write this to help bridge the time gap for Lev. I'm also really glad he included some incite into the ways of life of Chance Folk as well. My only criticism is that I wish it could have been longer. The peacefulness of the reservation seems like a million miles away from the madness going on outside it's walls. I also would have loved Una and Wil to have had more of a story as I was really starting to love their characters.
WOW 11 chapters of AWESOMENESS Even brought me to tears. We know now..why this book is thus titled. we know now based on the brief synopsis of UnWholly, this short book will have major implications. and I wonder... how we seen Risa interact with Conner when he got Rolands arm.. how we will see Una interact with Cam in the upcoming book..

and Lev....... brings such a deep intense depth to this book in which i can relate to.
Wendy F
What a good sad short for this trilogy. What made Lev so full of vengeance that he wanted to be a clapper? Well, this'll do it.

So sad.

(view spoiler)?
Raeleen Lemay

It was interesting to see a different side of the Unwind world, but overall this novella didn't really feel all that necessary.
I loved Unwind, which I read last year, so in order to stick with the genre challenge theme I thought I'd continue with more dystopian novels this month. Of course, UnStrung is more of a novella (I read it in about an hour) but it's the next in the series and now my appetite is whetted for the next full book in the series, UnWholly.

Shusterman has quite a fantastic world built up here, and I strongly recommend you read Unwind before you read UnStrung. He doesn't explain anything about the world i
Chris Johnson
I was unaware of this "1.5" short story in the Unwind world, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. This checked in at around 50ish pages on my Nook, and it was a decent read that ties together what happened to Lev after he and CyFi split from each other.

The story centers around Lev and a new character Wil. Lev has ended up on a reservation that is protected from the Unwind laws that the rest of the country is bound to. Think of it like the Indian reservations we have around the US, an
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Well, the last line of the synopsis doesn't lie! This is a must read if you loved Unwind. Do not, however, read it unless you have read Unwind. It will give away too much and probably won't have the same impact.

I cannot say how much I love this series. It is so fantastic. It's different from anything I have ever read. Dark, disturbing, and gripping! As I read Unwind, I did find myself wondering what happened with Lev. I always wondered what was going on in his head. When he arrived to the facil
This was the first thing I read this new year so I figured I should write a review about it. I'm a big fan of the Unwind series so this was a good way to start the new year.

This novella was good. I wished it was longer though because the ending felt abrupt for me. I expected it to be longer with the way the story was going. It's like all this stuff happens and then this happens for an ending and it's like.... That's it? I wanted more. I expected more. I think a few pages more would have helped
2.5 stars — spoilers

A short story taking place at some point between Lev leaving Cyfi and arriving at the Graveyard. For the bulk of the story, Lev spent his time at a Hi-Rez (a wealthy Native American reservation) recovering from injuries that he got whilst escaping the Juvies/police. There were a few interesting parts such as 1. Insight into how the Hi-Rez's live and the fact that they refuse to 'unwind' any of their children 2. Finding out about the illegal parts pirates kidnapping children t
I was expecting Lev meeting the clappers and not a situation that made his resentment against the world more tangible, but it was an experience. Reading about the new character Wil made me hate this new set world even more than I already did. It's fictional, I know but I hate it. I think I was hoping for more of Lev's emotions to be shared but it was more like a trip to another group of people who did some other unbelievable shit. Animal abuse might not sound as bad as human unwinding but damn, ...more
Keith Chawgo
This is a difficult one to rate.

If you are a fan of "Unwind" then this is a little side story that is a bit interesting but doesn't really add or subtract from the original story. It is more of a curiousity piece.

The characters are well put together though for some reason they never really gelled for me. The Indian/Native American background added a bit of shading to the proceeding but it all felt a little disjointed. I know that Neal Shusterman wrote this with someone else and to be honest, it
[Da] Neil Wing
It's been a long time after I've finished reading Unwind and I'm quite relieved that I still remembered what happen there. There is an instance that Lev just appeared in Graveyard after he has been separated to Connor and Risa and this short story told me (will tell you) the missing scenes of the book-- what happened to Lev; where did he go.

I found it fascinating and interesting that this book delivered me to another world of unwinding. In the place where Lev has been gone, they used animal part
This certainly wasn't what I was expecting when I picked up this "missing story". According to Unwind, I was sure that here we would see how Lev met the clappers and how he decided to become one himself. But Neal Shusterman surprised me.
What we see here is not the process of becoming a terrorist, but the motivation. It's pure in its own way, coming from the depths of one's heart. In my opinion everything Lev feels or is made to feel is ridiculously pure. That is maybe because he is raised to be
Anticipating the long-awaited sequel to the book Unwind, I was eager to read this short story about what happened to Lev after he left CyFi and arrived at the Graveyard. I’m so glad the author decided to give this little treat for the fans of the book that will now be a trilogy! I thought Unwind ended perfectly well as a standalone novel, but I sure am more than happy for the continuation. This little teaser, small in quantity, but big in quality, is actually really good! And you even get to tak ...more
I love this series. It is thought-provoking in ways that most teen novels are not. The characters don't always feel like real teenagers, but I'm ok with that, as I find real teenagers to be annoying more often than not. :)
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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