Unwind is the first book in the Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman. The 2007 novel takes place somewhere in the near future. The story focuses on the lives of three young teenagers set to be "Unwound", and their fight to stay alive.

Plot Summary

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thireen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not talented enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape - and to survive.


Shusterman says the idea for Unwind came to him when he heard a news story about a scientist who claimed that "within our lifetime, 100% of the human body will be viable for trnasplant", reports about rioting teenagers in Britain, and reports about how strongly people feel on either side of the issue of abortion. Unwind is a novel that imagines not a technological future, but a sociological future.

Film Adaptation

In 2010, the film rights for Unwind were sold to Tasty Films and ContagionFilm. The film is in the very early stages of pre-production and casting has not yet begun. Novel-author Neal Shusterman drafted the screenplay.

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