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Neal Shusterman

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in Brooklyn, New York, The United States

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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 movie script.

In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Lib

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Average rating: 4.22 · 1,046,844 ratings · 132,823 reviews · 87 distinct worksSimilar authors
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

4.33 avg rating — 248,876 ratings — published 2016 — 88 editions
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Unwind (Unwind, #1)

4.17 avg rating — 217,134 ratings — published 2007 — 34 editions
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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scyth...

4.41 avg rating — 140,062 ratings — published 2018 — 71 editions
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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3)

4.21 avg rating — 97,492 ratings — published 2019 — 2 editions
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UnWholly (Unwind, #2)

4.25 avg rating — 55,864 ratings — published 2012 — 64 editions
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4.03 avg rating — 38,964 ratings — published 2018 — 46 editions
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UnSouled (Unwind, #3)

4.23 avg rating — 31,974 ratings — published 2013 — 46 editions
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Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)

3.96 avg rating — 33,051 ratings — published 2006 — 53 editions
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Challenger Deep

4.14 avg rating — 27,168 ratings — published 2015 — 51 editions
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UnDivided (Unwind, #4)

4.46 avg rating — 24,776 ratings — published 2014 — 11 editions
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“Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

“In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn't a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”
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“I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.”
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Vote for the book you'd like to read soon, for a discussion opening JUNE 1st. NOTE: Do not vote unless you can commit to reading and discussing if your book wins. No vote and runs, please. Good luck choosing!

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
1993, 345 pages, 4.15 stars
$8.26 Kindle, cheap used paperback, at library

"In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.

When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind."
  3 votes, 27.3%

Zone One by Colson Whitehead
2011, 259 pages, 3.26 stars
$11.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback, at library

"In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety—the “malfunctioning” stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.

Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world.

And then things start to go wrong."
  3 votes, 27.3%

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
2016, 435 pages, 4.36 stars
$8.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback, at library

"Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own."
  2 votes, 18.2%

Dry by Neal Shusterman
2018, 390 pages, 4.06 stars
$10.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback, at library

"The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive."
  2 votes, 18.2%

Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds
2019, 192 pages, 4.13 stars
$3.99 Kindle, $13.49 paperback, may be at library

"Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future. Alastair Reynolds unfolds a time-traveling climate fiction adventure in Permafrost.

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an ageing schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head... an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own – one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.

Does she resist... or become a collaborator?"
  1 vote, 9.1%

Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel
2018, 492 pages, 4.09 stars
$4.99 Kindle, $13.29 paperback, NOT at library

"How far would you go to change humanity's fate?

Jared Cartwright has spent the last two years delving into the twisted, scarred wastelands of an earth ravaged by nuclear war. The rich and powerful have taken to the oceans and skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and leaving the rest of humanity to fend off the mutated creatures that roam the earth.

To face his new reality, Jared must become an apex predator if he hopes to survive. He must evolve beyond human limitations to confront those that left mankind to die.

Jared's quest takes a new turn when he discovers dragons are real. "
  0 votes, 0.0%

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
1963, 306 pages, 4.17 stars
$6.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback, at library

"Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding 'fathers' of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he's the inventor of 'ice-nine', a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three ecentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Felix Hoenikker's Death Wish comes true when his last, fatal gift to humankind brings about the end, that for all of us, is nigh..."
  0 votes, 0.0%


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message 15: by Sarah

Sarah Thank you so much for accepting!!! I loved "Challenger Deep" and the Unwind series so much. :)

Scarlett Thanks for accepting. I'm so happy I cried blood.

message 13: by Megan

Megan I'm so happy to be friends with you so I can express how much I love the whole Unwind dystology! They're all flawless and I've read them like 3 times and love them more each time. I read the Skinjacker series a couple years back, so I'm going have to revisit those. I also was given Bruiser by my friend since she knows my love for your books and I'm so excited! Your writing is superb and your mind works in amazing ways.

message 12: by Emily

Emily Scott I hope this doesn't sound too corny, but thank you for writing the Unwind series. You know a series is good when a student comes in to library and asks for a good book and the first words out of her mouth is "Have you read the Unwind series?". (Happened numerous times with my middle school and now my high school libraries) It's our high school librarian's favorite series! I couldn't tell you the amount of jealous looks I received when I walked through the halls with Undivided, when it wasn't yet available for students to check out (I'm a student library aid). Or the struggle I had to go through to finally get a hold of Unsouled. There was SO many holds on that book. I guess I just wanted to say that the Unwind series was a big part of my life? (I've been reading the series since 8th grade and now I'm a senior) and I would also like to thank you for accepting my friend request.

message 11: by Ashley

Ashley Thanks for accepting my friend request. You are in my top three favorite authors, and it really means a lot!
I seriously cannot wait to read UnSouled when it comes out! Congratulations on all of your amazing books, and keep writing!

message 10: by Riya

Riya Thanks so much for accepting my friend request!!! Unwind was just amazing, and I just got Unwholly- I'm honestly dying to read it. Such an amazing series!

Ashley Thank you for accepting my friend request.

message 8: by Lei (last edited Feb 25, 2013 01:57PM)

Lei Thanks for accepting my friend request!! You are one of my top five favorite authors and I have read every single book of yours that I can get my hands on! You are an amazing author and your writing always makes me crave for more!

My favorite book that you have written is Unwind, though the Skinjacker trilogy is a close second. I love your concepts with these two books; you are extremely original:) I also really like your Dark Fusion series, especially Red Rider's Hood. Any chance of any more of those books coming out anytime soon? I just love the idea of twisting fairy tales that way! Amazing! Another favorite of mine is Bruiser. That book just made me think so much about the meaning of love and sacrifice.

Anyway, I extremely enjoy your books!!! I wish I could become such a masterful storyteller just like you:)


☆∞Love Frances∞☆ Unwind was brilliant! When is Unwholly due out?

Kat (idangerous) Thank you for accepting my request! I'm currently reading Red Rider's Hood after reading Bruiser and so far Red is really good!

Mgdrox99 Unwind was an amazing book. I just finished the first Skinjacker book and I checked out Everwild and Everfound. Your an amazing author. I love your books and so does everyone at my school.

message 4: by Amy

Amy Thank you for accepting my request :) Unwind was beautiful and I can't wait to read more!

Chels (farewell autumn) Thanks for the friendship, Mr. Shusterman. I loved Everlost so much! I´m waiting for Everwild to come out in my country :)

Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* Thanks so much for accepting my friend request! I absolutely loved 'Unwind' and can't wait to read some more of your work! :)

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Tash Thank you for accepting my friend request!

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