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Three teens fight for their lives and each other in this breathtakingly suspenseful first book in the twisted, New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman.

After America’s Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement. According to their Bill of Life, human life may not be terminated from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. But between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, the child may be gotten rid of by their parent through a process called “unwinding.”

By repurposing a teen’s organs and other body parts in living recipients, the unwound child’s life doesn’t technically end. According to society’s leaders, unwinding leads to a healthier and safer community, as troublesome and unwanted teens are used for the greater good.

Curtis is a rebel whose unwinding was ordered by his parents. Rita, a ward of the state, has been slated for unwinding due to cost cutting. And Lev, his parents’ tenth child, has been destined for unwinding since birth as a religious tithe. As their paths intersect, they start to fight for their own destinies. But do they stand a chance of escaping their fate or proving their lives are worth saving?

(c) Gaby Gerster

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves. Visit Neal at StoryMan.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.

  • California Young Reader Medal Nominee
  • Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
  • Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Iowa Teen Award
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • Beehive Award Master List (UT)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
  • Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Gateway Readers Award Final Nominee (MO)
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award Nominee
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award List
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee (MD)
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award
  • Evergreen High School Book Award (WA)
  • Nutmeg Book Award (CT)
  • ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Young Adult Reading Program Reading List Selection (SD)
  • Children's Sequoyah Book Award (OK)
  • Isinglass Award Nominee (NH)
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (Top Ten)
  • Green Mountain Book Award (VT)

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