Author: Neal Shusterman
Michelle Knowlden
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Published By: Simon & Schuster
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UnStrung is a 2012 science fiction novella by young adult literature authors Neal Shusterman and Michelle Knowlden. It is an e-book companion story to Shusterman's 2007 novel, Unwind.


How did Lev Calder move from an unwillingly escaped tithe to a clapper?

In this new e-book original short story, author Neal Shusterman opens a window on Lev's adventures between the time he left CyFi and when he showed up at the Graveyard.

Lev's experiences on a Hi-Rez, an extraordinarily wealthy Native American Reservation, introduce him to a teen with remarkable musical talent... and whose gifts are destined to end up in the hands of another. And it is this teen's heart-breaking story that inspired Lev to choose the clapper's path.

Pulling elements from Neal Shusterman's critically acclaimed Unwind and giving hints about what is to come in the long-awaited sequel, UnWholly, this short story is a must for fans of the series.


A short while after leaving CyFi, Lev is still haunted by their time together, finally concluding that he does not want to be unwound. He then climbed up a rez wall in Colorado and soon awakes inside a Hi-Rez, a rich ChanceFolk reservation, that provides sanctuary for some AWOL children, as the ChanceFolk tribes never signed the Unwind Accord.

There, he was taken in and sponsored by the Tashi'ne family, a very highly regarded family in the reservation.[1] With the help of the family, Lev was petitioned to the Tribal Council to be allowed to stay.

There, Lev meets Wil, the son of the woman who took him in. Wil is a therapeutic musician, whose guitar playing "heals" the souls and spirits of certain listeners. After being in the presence of Wil's playing for two hours, Lev introduced himself, also revealing that he is a tithe to him and finally left the room for lunch. After helping Wil with the dishes, Wil tours him around the rez.

Lev is introduced to Wil's uncle Pivane, the man who found Lev after he fell from the rez wall.

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