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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model
ebook, First, 290 pages
Published October 17th 2014 by Kendra C. Highley
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Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Possible Spoilers????
Okay, so here it goes.

I don’t usually write reviews, but the feeling I got after this one…..I just had to. My initial thoughts compared to how I felt when I ended it were so different.
First off, I hate beginning a book. I love reading but, beginning a new book is like starting a new relationship. You have to get to know the characters and the plot. You then have to care about said characters and the goal they are working towards. However I love beginning a series because you
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

“’This is the place where we fix bad puppets…It’s time to remind you who’s pulling the strings.’”

Lexa lives in a world of larceny and trickery—it’s the only life she’s known. After arriving on Turpin’s door seven years earlier, high on stims and no memory of where she came from, she became one of the best and has a record of never getting caught. Suddenly, her world turns on its axis, and she finds herself having to trust a boy she has only dreamed about—literally—and being treated like
Sharon Absher
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free to do a honest review.

What can I say this book had me hooked from the start. I had a hard time laying it down as it is a real page turner. It is about Lexa who is a thief and after she breaks in and steals the wrong chip finds that she has put herself and her "family" in risk. Lexa founds out that she is a bolt which is a artificial that is half human and half machine. So when she finds Quinn and starts to have memories she has to wonder if the feelings she has for

This review can also be found on my blog.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


It started off slow but now I realise it's alright because Highley was on to a whole lot of secret revelations and action. I'm really glad she managed to keep the suspense going on throughout the end after that frustrating start.

The plot is very promising. I
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lately I've been reading a lot of books without reading the synopsis and this was the latest one. Within the first chapter, I knew I would like it.

Lexa is 17 and a thief. Found wandering the streets as a child, high on drugs and with no memory of who she is, she was taken in and trained by Turpin, the man she calls boss. She is very good at getting into and out of places undetected, until the day she almost gets caught. Hired to steal something already considered confidential, they soon learn t
Lexa is a 17 year old girl who doesn't know where she came from and was addicted to stims. She turned up at Turpin's as a ten year old girl, high on stims and doesn't remember anything from her life previously. They take her in at Turpin's and use her as a thief for their clients. When Lexa finds out something about herself after doing a job for Turpin it changes her life completely and she is left fighting for what she believes in and for the ones she loves.

It started well and it did a good job
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Disclosure: The e-book version of the book was sent to me for an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own.

It's more like 3.5 stars, very close to the fourth... the ending just wasn't satisfying enough and it seemed hurried (if any of you wander why not four stars). But I read the books in two evening - could've done it in one day if I had the time because once you get hooked on the story it's hard to put it down.

This is the first book in a series and it felt like a great start, setting th
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book! It was really amazing! And first Kenrda C. Highley book that isn't a Matt Archer book, so something new! I really enjoyed Lexa, and I can't wait for the next book, that deals with the injustices that her people face!

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I enjoyed both of these so much! I actually read Unstrung first, but I firmly believe that is the way that it should be read, because then Quinn, and the twist about Lexa, aren't out there first. Unfinished might be chronologically first, but Unst
Zunaira Ghazal
Lexa was a strong, caring and extremely human character. I think her character was well developed, well portrayed and extremely well written. She was—as intended—the heart and soul of this book.

This reminds me a little of the MILA 2.0 series by Debora Driza. But while I found Mila to be annoying while she clung to her humanity, Lexa was kind of a delight to read. Maybe because she was kind of already kickass or maybe because she didn't trust random boys who offer help. She had her wits about her
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lexa Pate leads an interesting life for a seventeen year-old. Instead of going out on dates and hanging out with her friends, Lexa makes her way in the world by stealing things from high security facilities. One day, Lexa finds out something that completely re-shapes how she understands her place in the world, and nothing is ever the same again.

One of my favorite genres is dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games, the Divergent series, et cetera. I had not realized when I first started reading th
Kristen Otte
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unstrung is the first in a new YA series from Kendra Highley. Unstrung is a sci-fi, dystopian novel where artificial humans were created to be a new workforce. As the technology increases, these artificial humans or "Bolts" have become more and more human. Lexa, the main character, is on a crusade to free these bolts from their slavery.

I enjoyed this novel. The pacing of this story was great–it really kept the plot moving. I found myself intrigued at the greater story arc about the bolts and th
Becca Andre
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could NOT put this book down. Yes, a lot of folks say that in book reviews, but in this case it's the honest truth. Unstrung hit my sweet spot. It had everything I like in a story: great characters, action, and romance.

Unstrung is a near-future dystopian novel that explores the plight of the artificial human population in this story's world. The main character is a wonderful mix of confidence and uncertainty as she deals with the current problems facing her, and those from her forgotten past.
Rachel Cotterill
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
17-year-old Lexa has been a thief for about as long as she can remember, creeping through the night and stealing from the corporation that rules the city. But when she unwittingly steals schematics that turn out to describe the latest generation of artificial humans, she and her confederates are looking at serious trouble. At the centre of the story are the Bolts — engineered humans who with every iteration are becoming more and more human in their emotions, while retaining super-human levels of ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great read that is outside of my normal reading. Really enjoyed the thrill this book takes you on. Makes you really think if this could happen in the future. But who can you trust? Or can you trust anyone? This book is really fast paced and will keep you on edge!

*Received For An Honest Review*
Sep 09, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Coming October 17, 2014!

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Stan Hutchings
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stan by: Unfinished (prequel)
"Unfinished" in "Star Rebels: Stories of Space Exploration, Alien Races, and Adventure" is a prequel. I enjoyed the concept and the writing, so I bought "Unstrung". It would be good to read "Unfinished" first; that's what motivated me to read "Unstrung". So hold on for a wild ride; there's lots of action, suspense, emotions (even among the Bolts), and a thrilling conclusion.
In a dystopian future, Turpin, Lexa and Jole steal secrets from the new government: Triarch and the Quad. They steal more
Stan Hutchings
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Unfinished" in "Star Rebels: Stories of Space Exploration, Alien Races, and Adventure" is a prequel. I enjoyed the concept and the writing, so I bought "Unstrung". It would be good to read "Unfinished" first; that's what motivated me to read "Unstrung". So hold on for a wild ride; there's lots of action, suspense, emotions (even among the Bolts), and a thrilling conclusion.
In a dystopian future, Turpin, Lexa and Jole steal secrets from the new government: Triarch and the Quad. They steal more
Peter Bruyns
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Probably.

I believe this author. Mrs. Hindley has hit on the likely way that humanity will allow itself to be improved as the old method of leaving our children outside overnight has fallen out with the Spartans. Seriously, the story is good, the meaning is serious and I'm hooked. Now for the next one!
Jenny Koch
DNF @ > 50%

I really wanted to like this. I loved the short story Unfinished in another anthology enough that I hunted this book down the next day. Unforutantely I ended up hating the heroine and disliking the melodramatic plot line. I also found the writing to be a bit stilted.
Chava Nechama
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New to me author!

Real mesmerizing plot! Complicated characters not all black and white except for the really really evil villain. Complicated love and family story as well! Can’t wait for next in the series!
Karen Bainbridge
Unstrung by Kendra C Highley is going to set the standard for this sub-genre of the dystopian kind, with a highly entertaining adventure in the near future. Lexa Pate,17, our heroine is a most proficient thief but she has just had a close call with her latest job stealing a microchip for a undersecured laboratory until she is trying to leave and now back with her 'adopted' family, Turpin and Jole. They find out that she's stolen the wrong chip! This one contains all the information about buildin ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
- I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review-

Unstrung is set in a dystopian future where the normal ways of living have disintegrated and been rebuilt by the help of artificially created humans-known as Bolts-created to do the menial work that no-one else wanted to do, created to serve humans unquestionably.

The story follows Lexa, who is a teenage professional thief with no memory of her childhood. A job goes badly wrong and she is forced to confront a lot of truths abo
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I liked: I really liked how all the little hints thrown in about Lexa and who she really is gets thrown in without being too obvious when they happen. Lexa herself is a fierce girl who I really liked as a character, she grew on me fairly quickly and I found that while she is a thief for a living, the fact that she can't lie was brilliant. It was very, interesting that she couldn't lie despite her line of work and what she was doing to live in her city. Quinn was also interesting as a charac ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good book! I am excited to read the next book in the series. It is different then what I normally like but that is a good thing.

By the age of ten years old, Lexa was hooked on drugs, eating out of dumpsters, unable to recall her life before that moment and all alone. she lucked out and was taken in by a man who stole from others for a fee. Lexa became a great thief. Life was good until they took on a job to steal plans for a engineered human (robot) from the most powerful woman in the
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, favorites
What an great book! I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this one... futuristic, thieves and genetically-engineered super humans? Weird. It was a really good story though and I was hooked. This is the first book in a long time that I've had to force myself to put it down at 1am and go to bed instead of reading late into the night.

Told from the POV of Lexa, a 17-year-old thief. She is a recovering addict and makes a living with an small group of people who are in "acquisitions" Things quick
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it

I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and I completely forgot about it since I had exams and papers to prepare. Then, I remembered I had to read this for a specific date and I couldn't keep pushing off the time where I'd have to read it. As I started, like someone else here already stated too, it was hard to get into, but what book isn't, eh? So I kept reading and the more I read, the more intrigued I felt about what was going to happen to the main character, Le
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

This book was so much better than I thought it would be. Lexa is a 17 year old who can break into any building and retrieve almost anything for her boss / father figure Turpin. She works with her best friend Joel as well. They are quite the trio.

Lexa is plagued by dreams that don't make any sense to her. She keeps dreaming about a little girl in a white room. She keeps getting flashes of this girl over and over. She cannot understand them. Lexa cannot remember where she came
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book started a little slowly for me. It could have just been me, I had been having a couple of rough days. But it soon picked up and then I couldn’t put it down. This is a story of a cat-burglar named Lexa. It’s set in a dystopian future, where everything is composed of a city-state type of government. Lexa doesn’t like the current regime that puts out androids to take the place of many humans in the work force. She was sent in to steal a particular set of plans only to find out that the chi ...more
Marie Wingate
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book! I went into this with an open mind, and the story starts around Lexa and her "job" as a 17 year old thief, and I was just thinking, "let's see where it goes", especially given the book blurb and how much I'd liked the sound of it. Well, it definitely went somewhere! It's not that it had a slow start, or that the beginning of the book wasn't good, just that it really ramps up as you go on, with new characters coming in, and involvement in a much larger plot.
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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate

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