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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Unwind has been my first dystopian story (if I remember well). To be honest, I could go back and underrate so many books I've read over the past years, because after re-reading this one I know for sure: there is no place for them on the same shelf as 'Unwind'.

It totally blew my mind - then and now.
It has the most complex world building, the strongest characters, the most emotional, exceptional and believable plot. The thing is... I could see all this happening - the unwinding, the greed, the terror of it all, everything. It feels this real. It makes sense. It is horrible, still I can't take my eyes off it.

I might write down a few thoughts after I am done with the whole series, 'till then I will leave you with my old short review.


It's hard to talk about this book because there is nothing left to say.. it says it all by itself.

From the first page the 3 main characters (Connor, Risa, Lev) have some emotional (almost heartbreaking) stories to tell about before and after meeting each other, and you can not 'not care' about their destiny, about what might (or will) happen to them.
Without noticing you start to know them all, to feel their pain, their struggle and you keep reading every page hoping with them that they will make it in the end, that they will be safe on the next stop, that they will get to have their 18th birthday and be free again.

Neal Shusterman created a new frightening world where you are worth as much as your body does, a world where a parent doesn't just punish a child by sending him to his room, or taking his phone.. in this world parents can make you exist only through the parts of your body, inside other people's bodies. And what can be more frightening that existing by not existing anymore?

"Unwind" is that kind of book that you enjoy reading, and can't let down, that kind of book that will keep you thinking after finishing reading it, that will make you understand how much your life is worth living.
I just keep thinking about how lucky I am that I live in a better world, that I can decide about my life, that I can still change what I did wrong, that I can just 'be'.

I liked the characters whom are smart and strong, I loved the twists of the story, and the hidden messages between the lines just touched my heart from time to time.

It's a wonderful biter-sweet story about life, love, friendship and hope.

Later Edit:
If you loved this book, you should check out the short movie by MainStay Productions!

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Quotes Ari Liked

Neal Shusterman
“Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Neal Shusterman
“...One thing you learn when you've lived as long as I have-people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I'm pleased to be in the light.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Neal Shusterman
“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.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Neal Shusterman
“I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Neal Shusterman
“You see, a conflict always begins with an issue - a difference of opinion, an argument. But by the time it turns into a war, the issue doesn't matter anymore, because now it's about one thing and one thing only: how much each side hates the other.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Neal Shusterman
“What if . . . what if . . .
"What if it's a harvest camp after all?" says Emby. Connor doesn't tell him to shut up this time, because he's thinking the same thing.
It's Diego who answers him. "If it is, then I want my fin gers to go to a sculptor. So he can use them to craft something that will last forever."
They all think about that. Hayden is the next to speak.
"If I'm unwound," says Hayden, "I want my eyes to go to a photographer — one who shoots supermodels. That's what I want these eyes to see."
"My lips'll go to a rock star," says Connor.
"These legs are definitely going to the Olympics."
"My ears to an orchestra conductor."
"My stomach to a food critic."
"My biceps to a body builder."
"I wouldn't wish my sinuses on anybody."
And they're all laughing as the plane touches down.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Neal Shusterman
“Would you rather die, or be unwound? Now he finally knows the answer. Maybe this is what he wanted. Maybe it's why he stood there and taunted Roland. Because he'd rather be killed with a furious hand than dismembered with cool indifference.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Reading Progress

September 24, 2010 – Shelved
September 30, 2010 – Started Reading
September 30, 2010 –
page 159
45.04% "this book is great so far :D"
October 1, 2010 – Finished Reading
January 19, 2011 – Shelved as: characters-named-mari-ari-ariana
June 1, 2011 – Shelved as: dystopia
June 16, 2011 – Shelved as: alternating-pov
June 16, 2011 – Shelved as: emotional
October 18, 2014 – Shelved as: best-of
November 2, 2014 – Shelved as: movie-to-be
December 2, 2014 – Shelved as: male-approved
March 20, 2015 – Shelved as: by-color-blue

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message 1: by Ari (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ari Thanks, I think (too) that it fits the story pretty well :)

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