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(Unwind Dystology #4.5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,212 ratings  ·  338 reviews
In the New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology—Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided—Neal Shusterman thrilled readers with the story of a society that deals with its out-of-control teens by “unwinding” them—transplanting more than 99% of their bodies into other people.

In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Miche
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Simon & Schuster (first published December 12th 2015)
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“That’s the problem with unwinding—it’s not about problem kids, it’s about problem adults.”

I'm starting to get emotional and I'm sure that by the end of this 'review' I'll be tearing up. These books are everything to me. I may have tons and tons of titles on my favorite-books shelf, but it's unlikely that I find something better than this series. It's just that good.

And this collection of short stories lived up to my expectations!!!!

*Wipes away a tear* I never imagined I'd get so attached to
In a nutshell: A thrilling collection of short stories set in the Unwind world, following various characters

Unwind is one of my favourite series. It's definitely in my top 5 (ah now I'm starting to stress over what my top 5 even is) and it's also my mum's favourite series, which I like pointing out in case people still scoff at the potential for adults to enjoy YA too. I'd heard that Neal Shusterman was writing some Unwind short stories, but I hadn't expected them to be released so soon so actua
Elise (TheBookishActress)
The world is full of bad ideas that turn into wonderful things.

Some of these stories were so unnecessary, but I LOVED them anyway. There was some good worldbuilding and character snapshots. So many good things to say! In general, the first few stories didn't do it for me, but the later stories really did. This series is so incredible and I'm glad I picked this up. Can't believe I'm still emotional about books I started reading in sixth grade.

Unschooled - ★★☆☆☆
Eh, backstory for my least favorit
Kelly Brigid ♡
Jul 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
What??? A figment of my imagination actually came true!?

Aimee Meester
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH SO. The Unwind series is my heart and soul, so you can only imagine how thrilled I was about this collection of stories. I was not disappointed. *flails*

UnSchooled: NELSON BACKSTORY. In typical Shusterman fashion we opened with a bang, and also something I didn't know I desperately needed until now. This one is short, but it really illuminates a part of the Unwind world we haven't seen yet. Nelson is just...ew, but one of the most layered antagonists I've ever read and this was perfe
Kendyl S. 8B
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't really enjoy this book as much as the other ones because it didn't contribute to any of the main characters stories after the fourth book. This book also ended on a cliff hanger which I hate because this was the last book in the series so I will never know what ended up happening with these other characters. There were also some gruesome parts of the book that I did not like.
May 26, 2015 marked it as to-read

“Connor Lassiter’s fight to bring down Proactive Citizenry and find a suitable alternative to unwinding concluded in UnDivided. Now Connor, Risa, and Lev are free to live in a peaceful future—or are they? Neal Shusterman brings back his beloved Unwind characters for his fans to see what’s left for those who were destined to be unwound.” ~ from the official description on simonandschuster

I need this like air! :D
Karen’s Library
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
Even though it's been a couple of years since I last read the Unwind series, I was able to step right back into that world with ease and catch up to all my favorites! As usual, Shusterman's brain comes up with the most bizarre of ideas, and I read a couple of these stories with horrified fascination. We get a glimpse of our favorites, Rysa, Conner, Lev, Cam, Uma... And also insight into Grace, Hayden, Argent, Nelson... And there are a few brand new characters that show us more of the Unwind worl ...more
Rachel Kirtlan
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
I thought these stories were a great addition to the Unwind world. I love that we got to see some characters in a new light, as well as being introduced to some new and interesting characters. Overall, this was a great collection that added more depth to this exciting series.

Unschooled: 3.5
Unfinished Symphony: 3.5/5
Undevoured: 3.5/5
Unclean: 5/5
Unstrung: 4/5
Unnatural Selection: 5/5
Uncomfirmed: 4.5/5
Untithed: 4.5/5
Rewinds: 5/5
Unknown Quantity: 4/5
Cassie  R. (cassie-loves-reading)
First off I loved this addition to the Unwind series. The Unwind series is one of my all time favorites so I was ecstatic when I found out that another book was being released full of short stories. These stories didn't disappoint me either. One of my favorites was Unfinished Symphony which is where we learn more about Risa's backstory. This story broke my damn heart and kindled a rage in me that cannot be suppressed. Next in line for a favorite is Unnatural Selection, this story is easily the c ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Probably 2.25-2.5 stars. Very uneven collection of 10 short stories, that suffer from "contributions" by co-authors. The book provided a few backstories, but sadly the sequels avoid revealing much about the three main characters: Connor, Risa, and Lev, perhaps because Shusterman may write a fifth installment? Personally, I liked the story set in Thailand because it did not have to integrate with the dystology and the one about Cam and the rewinds on Molokai. Maybe it's the tropics?
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Even Neal Shusterman's fans might not know that UnBound was far from his first published collection of short stories. The mid-1990s brought us Darkness Creeping and Darkness Creeping II. The years 1996-2000 added Mindquakes: Stories to Shatter Your Brain, Mindstorms: Stories to Blow Your Mind, Mindtwisters: Stories to Shred Your Head, and Mindbenders: Stories to Warp Your Brain, each of which ranged from good to great even by the sky-high standard Shusterman set for himself. Then came UnBound in ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do not give in to the urge to extinguish oneself in the waters of the world, but instead be a light above those waters to help guide the way.

This book is not like what I had expected. I was expecting a kind of sequel or prequel. This book is neither and both at the same time. It’s not part of the Unwind series but it contains a collection of short stories surrounding the series. There’s some prequel stuff about the first days of unwind accord, just after the heartland war was over. There’s also
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Unschooled is about the feral teens before the war is over and Unwinding begins. It also shows how a character you know from the series discovers his true path in life.

Unfinished Symphony shows how Risa was picked to be unwound from a different point of view.

Undevoured is a story about Roland before he was an AWOL unwind and tells why he got his shark tattoo.

Unclean is a story about two or three characters that weren't in the series but are in the world. It shows one of the many ways people trie
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

This is a fantastic collection of stories and, while they may not all provide closure per se, they do give us a further glimpse into the lives of the characters we loved in the Unwind series. Some of the stories seemed to be put together rather quickly -- i.e. scattered with grammatical/spelling errors, but I was willing to overlook it because of how utterly absorbing this world is. And disturbing. Have I mentioned that?

Favorite stories of the bunch-- UnStrung (duh), UnDe
Megan Peet
3.5 stars

----- Before Reading -----


I actually have really mixed feelings about this since I loved the ending of the last book, but what the heck, I'm definitely going to read it and I bet it will be amazing.

----- After Reading -----

I have some mixed feelings about this book. For the most part, I feel that it was unnecessary, but it's always fun to revisit this world. I wasn't super enthralled by the first several stories but I really liked the last few. My biggest regret
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very uneven collection. Plus, the description is a lie: "Find out what happens to Connor, Risa, and Lev now that they’ve finally destroyed the Proactive Citizenry"? No, we do not.

The book includes prequel, midquel, and sequel stories, but the sequel stories only give speculation about the trio rather than showing them. And the ending especially makes it seem like Shusterman wants to make a 6th installment of this "trilogy." Mmm.

By story:
Unschooled - I guess it's somewhat interesting to see a bac
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

Pages/Length: 320pgs
Genre: Young Adult; Dystopia

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: N/A
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 9
Characters: 9
World Building: 9
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 9

In Dept

Best Part:
Most of it!
Worst Part: I need more!!!
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Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: I need more books in this series for real. Like a 10yrs down the
I’m going to keep my review of “Unbound” short and sweet, as I don’t want to give away who has their own individual stories to those who are fans of the excellent “Unwind” dystology. If you aren’t a fan or haven’t read them, what are you doing here? Shoo. Go read them and then come back. Otherwise you won’t appreciate, much less understand, anything about this book.

Highly recommended for fans of the “Unwind” series. You won’t be disappointed.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provide
Neal Shusterman is simply a brilliant writer of science fiction. It is only because of writers of his caliber that I even read sci-fi at all. Unbound continues the philosophical idea of a society that believes in "unwinding" children, or throwing them away.

This book has little short stories that has quite a few characters and what they are up against: unwinding, parts pirates selling parts of the unwanted kids, inhumane experimentation on AWOLS, as the psycho doctor performs surgeries that creat
Kasandra Mavrigiannaki
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I obviously loved this one too!

I LOVED READING MORE ABOUT ALL THE CHARACTERS. I felt warm and bubbly whilst reading about the characters again because I honestly love every single one of the but now I feel empty be
May 舞
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Unnatural Selection, Rewinds, and Unknown Quantity are the reason this book is getting four stars. They were very unsettling! (^o^)v
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I wanted Risa and Connor but the book was still awesome!

Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I knew when I saw a new book by Neal Shusterman it was going to be good. He creates characters that you feel for. Not just slightly feel for, but characters that rip your heart out even if you dislike them. I was super excited when I saw this was a part of the Unwind series. Although the ending of Undivided was basically flawless, I didn't want to let go of Connor and Risa and Lev. After reading the series three times through, they became some of my favorite characters ever. However, I saw in re ...more
K.A. Wiggins
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Normally I wouldn't review a story collection all that highly, but this felt like such a natural supplement/extension of the series that I barely noticed the format. Shusterman juggles so many characters and perspectives with such excellent transitions in voice, that this prequel/sequel collection felt seamless. Cool world-building backstories seem like a behind-the-scenes peek, while the post-book-4 bits are fun and add a little more dimension. Must-read for fans of the series.
Since this is a collection of short stories, I will rate each story individually. I really did enjoy this book, though, and I'm sad there isn't anything else in this series for me to read.

4 stars.

This was one of the shorter stories that wasn't multiple chapters long. It's about the childhood of a certain character we love to hate(though I didn't realize it was him at first) and it gives a glimpse of the days before the events in Unwind. I felt like it was interesting and well written
Aj Sterkel
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, the covers changed! I am pleased. No more creepy cover critters for this series! I hope that the new covers encourage more people to pick up these books.

UnBound is currently the last book in the Unwind Dystology. (Is Dystology even a real word? I still haven’t figured that out.) Whatever a dystology is, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m sad it’s over. I’ll miss this world.

UnBound is a collection of stories and novelettes set in the Unwind universe. A lot of these stories have spoilers for
This book was so good. I'm so glad we got to see more of the Unwind world. Some stories stood out more than others, but overall the book was good. I was really into it and some stories were pretty creepy and disturbing. I forgot how intense and scary this world was. Loved being able to visit it again. I was only disappointed that we got no short story of Connor. I thought it was a given that he was going to be there because he's the main character. Maybe another book of short stories is in order ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, fiction-ya
4 Stars

As with any short story collection, there are some that are incredible, and some that are just "eh".
At the beginning, at least for me, a lot of the stories were "eh". Some felt random and thrown-in, and some of the characters' motives felt a little petty in my eyes.
But I was glad I read all of this, because the stories seemed to progressively improve until they were amazing.
My favorites were definitely "Rewinds" and "Unstrung", but "Unnatural Selection" creeped me out to a level that
Storm Arashi
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unmatched by any YA novel, unbiased and unchallenged Neal Shusterman brought us the amazing Unwind Dystology.

This is for the record not a continuation of the direct story of Connor Risa and Lev. This is more of a companion book that sets to flesh out the world a bit more, show what's going on between everything and show some of our favorite side characters... And the most hated villains too.

What can I say?

He hasn't written a book I haven't utterly adored.

Pick it up if you're not ready to untang
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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

Other books in the series

Unwind Dystology (4 books)
  • Unwind (Unwind, #1)
  • UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
  • UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
  • UnDivided (Unwind, #4)
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