FICTION

Undivided

480p. (The Unwind Dystology: Bk. 4). S. & S. Oct. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781481409759; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481409773. LC 2014003060.
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Gr 9 Up—In the final book of the "Unwind Dystology," everything comes full circle. Shusterman expertly reminds readers about the characters and their current situations without distracting from the current plot. Teens gain information on all of the key players, and each well-crafted narrative moves at a refreshing pace. Connor and Risa are together again in Sonia's house, with Grace in tow. They have found a way to change people's minds about unwinding by providing other options. Lev is on the reservation but cannot contain his need to fight for what he feels is right. Cam is back with Roberta, and though they try to affect his thoughts and memories, they cannot suppress his genuine contempt for Proactive Citizenry and his creators. Starkey and his storks, on the other hand, are leading a revolt that only makes things worse for the unwinds. Characters old and new are integrated into the story line, providing insight and closure. Shusterman generates a lot of thought-provoking topics for discussion. The story is intriguing: a wonderful end to a unique and noteworthy series.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Shusterman's dystopian epic concludes with a multi-front showdown among the forces arrayed for and against "unwinding." Shusterman draws the series' tangled threads into line while deepening his portrayal of a society grown economically, medically, and politically dependent on unwinding. This impressive juggling act is grounded by emotional beats that recall the characters' formative moments. Ambitious, insightful, and devastating--a fitting conclusion to a provocative series.
Shusterman's dystopian epic concludes with an ambitious, multi-front showdown among the complex forces arrayed for and against "unwinding" -- the legal (and lucrative) harvesting of unwanted teens for their body parts. Teen rebels Connor, Risa, and Lev; "rewind" Cam; anti-unwinding terrorist Starkey; various corporate interests; and a few adult allies -- most significantly, one woman with a technological blueprint that could end medicine's dependence on unwinding -- play crucial roles. Shusterman draws the series' tangled threads into line while deepening his intelligent portrayal of a society grown economically, medically, and politically dependent on unwinding. It's an impressive juggling act, grounded by emotional beats that recall the characters' formative moments (Connor's parents, for instance, take on renewed significance). Attention to character detail aside, UnDivided is ultimately about the big picture, taking a large-scale view of the unimaginable losses that any new world order must address and building on the thesis that it takes not one person or group or revelation but multiple forces working in tandem to effect true revolutionary change. Real recent news articles about the present-day scientific and policy realities presaging Shusterman's imagined future punctuate the narrative, adding to the book's discussion points and highlighting its immediacy and relevance. Ambitious, insightful, and devastating -- a fitting conclusion to a provocative series. claire e. gross

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