UnSouled (Unwind Dystology Series #3)

UnSouled (Unwind Dystology Series #3)

by Neal Shusterman


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Teens fight for their humanity in this thrilling third book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running towards answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. He knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, their paths will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442423701
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Unwind Dystology Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 26,065
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

Read an Excerpt


  • “They signed it. The Heartland War is over.”

    Janson Rheinschild closes the front door, throws his coat on the sofa, and collapses into an armchair, as if all his joints have become internally undone. As if he’s been unwound from the inside out.

    “You can’t be serious,” Sonia says. “No one in their right mind would sign that hideous Unwind Accord.”

    He looks at her with a bitterness that isn’t meant for her, but it has nowhere else to go. “Who,” he asks, “has been in their right mind for the past nine years?”

    She sits on the arm of the sofa as close to him as she can get and takes his hand. He grasps it with a sort of desperation, as if her hand is the only thing keeping him from the abyss.

    “The new chairman of Proactive Citizenry, that narcissistic weasel Dandrich, called me before they made any official announcement, to let me know the accord was signed. He said that I should know first ‘out of respect.’ But you know as well as I do, he did it to gloat.”

    “There’s no sense torturing yourself, Janson. It’s not your fault, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

    He pulls his hand away from her and glares. “You’re right—it’s not my fault. It’s our fault. We did this together, Sonia.”

    She reacts as if he’s slapped her across the face. She doesn’t just turn away from him. She gets up and moves away, beginning to pace the room. Good, thinks Janson. She needs to feel a little bit of what I feel.

    “I did nothing wrong,” she insists, “and neither did you!”

    “We made it possible! Unwinding is based on our technology! Our research!”

    “And it was stolen from us!”

    Janson gets up from his chair, unable to bear even one sedentary moment. Sitting feels like acceptance. It feels like admitting failure. Next he’ll be lost in that armchair with a drink in his hands, swirling the ice to hear it clink, feeling the alcohol numbing him into submission. No, that’s not him. It will never be him.

    There’s some shouting in the street. He looks out the living room window to see some neighborhood kids being rowdy with one another. “Ferals,” the news now calls them. Feral teens. “Something must be done about the feral teens this war has created,” the politicians bleat from their legislative pens. Well, what did they expect when educational funding was diverted to the war? How could they not know public education would fail? With no schools, no jobs, and nothing but time on their hands, what did they think these kids would do other than make trouble?

    The mob in the street—barely a mob at all, numbering only four or five—passes without incident. They’ve never had trouble at their house even though theirs is the only home on the street without window bars and an iron security gate. On the other hand, several of the security doors on the street have been vandalized. These kids, they may be lacking in education since the school closures, but they’re not stupid. They see distrust all around them, and it makes them want to deliver their anger all the more. “How dare you distrust me?” their violence says. “You don’t know me.” But people are too wrapped up in their own fearful security measures to hear it.

    Sonia comes up behind him now, wrapping her arms around him. He wants to accept her comfort, but can’t allow himself. He can’t be consoled or find a sense of peace until he’s undone this terrible wrong.

    “Maybe it will be like the old Cold War,” Sonia suggests.

    “How do you figure?”

    “They have this new weapon,” she says, “unwinding. Maybe just the threat of it is enough. Maybe they’ll never actually use it.”

    “A cold war implies a balance of power. What do these kids have if the authorities start unwinding them?”

    Sonia sighs, finally seeing his point. “Not a chance in hell.”

    Now at last he can take some comfort that she understands. That he’s not alone in seeing the murky depths to which this new law could lead.

    “It still hasn’t happened,” she reminds him. “Not a single feral teen has been unwound.”

    “No,” Janson says. “Because the law doesn’t take effect until midnight.”

    And so they decide to spend the rest of their evening together, holding each other close like it’s the last night of civilization. Because in a very real sense, it is.

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    UnSouled 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
    i_luv_twi More than 1 year ago
    When I finished the book, it had me guessing why the Unwind series was only  a trilogy. I discovered the author is releasing a fourth book this summer.  He is an amazing writer, and this series so far has been amazing. Everything about the series is literally perfect. Recommended for anyone.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Highly recommend
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The third book of the Unwind Dystology is just as captivating as its prequels. Shusterman masterfully continues his unsettling tale, never shirking to ask unanswerable questions of morality,and its affect in consumerism and capitalism. An amazing read that no one, teen or adult, should miss out on.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The book was very good
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book kicks off where UnWholly ends, where Connor is on a quest to find Sonia Rheinschild and bring down Proactive Citizenry. It has many moments that will catch you off guard, and will keep you wanting to read more. It is not as exhilarating as UnWind, but it is better than UnWholly (in my opinion). Definitely worth buying if you've read the previous books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Its an amazing book. :)
    Yume-Kai More than 1 year ago
    Often times books lose their way or characters get stale as a series continues. Not here. Characters get richer, plot twist, and you are turning the page as quickly a you can to see what happens next. I cannot say enough good things about this series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is one of my favorite books.
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    Obsessed with all the books.
    224perweek More than 1 year ago
    Good story but.................nothing pertinent to the story really happened. I mean, a lot happened. It was a good read but you could easily skip over this book and continue with book 4 and not really miss anything.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    If you reed the first book, you have to reed the other three books, because it's so interesting and emotional. I love it. Every penny that you spend in this book is worth it.❤
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was awesome! Like the first book I could not stop reading it. I love that we find out where Lev went after he left Sci fi but before he showed up at the grave yard. How life gave him a big curve ball that also lead to him to becoming a clapper. We also get better in site into how unwinding happened and it's effects on the world. We also see what effect storking has on unwinding.
    Where_Stephanie_Reads More than 1 year ago
    This book was a great follow-up to Unholly. I originally got this for Christmas but had been distracted for a while on til now. It was worth the wait because I enjoyed the book. The book was intense, and crazy at the same time. I also like learning more about Lev's travels during unwind where he was before he got to the Graveyard. I also like seeing Cam getting more parts in this book and showing us what's it like to be both different and a freak. I hope he gets more respect in the book. The other part that adds to the suspense was founding out the story of creators of the Unwinding. This book also makes us think as well.
    jv-0426 More than 1 year ago
    Loved all 4 books of the series. Great idea, great story.
    willclark- More than 1 year ago
    I really enjoyed this book I thought Neal Shusterman did an amazing job of deeply developing the characters and creating an interesting story. I really liked the idea of Camus Comprix it was very thought provoking. I really liked this whole series so far. I was a little disappointed by the ending it was quite anti-climactic. However I am really looking forward to read the final book of this series. I would highly recommend this book to all dystopian book lovers like me. It was an easy read but very interesting at the same time
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    MyndiL More than 1 year ago
    I was once again sucked into this wonderfully horrifying world that Shusterman has created.  Following Lev, Connor, Risa and now Cam and Grace through the terrifying adventure they must endure to try to end the injustices that this world has made common.  I know how I feel about Connor and Risa and I've come to like Grace as a character almost as much, but Lev keeps throwing me for loops and I'm not sure how to feel about Cam even now.  This is definitely a story that will draw you in and rock your world.  Any fans of Shusterman or the dysopian genre should give this series a read for sure.
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    A must read for all ages. Intelligent and thought provoking.
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    Great series! A must read for everyone.
    MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
    “UnSouled”, the third book in the brilliant Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman, is the best in the series thus far.  It takes the existentialist themes to an entirely new level. It’s difficult to review “UnSouled” without giving away major plot developments, so please excuse the generalities found in this review. There are many difficult questions that can make the reader uneasy, as they should, because there are no real answers.  What is a soul?  Can only God create it?  What control do we have over what makes us who we are?  All of these questions are presented so well, with arguments from different points of view, that I believe “UnSouled” should be taught in upper level english classes as the perfect example of existentialism. The plot is engaging, and it flows perfectly from the previous book, “UnDivided”. Nothing seems forced and the progression of society seems natural.  Character development is deep and well-executed.  The issue of human rights, and to what degree should society interfere with those rights with criminals, adds another dimension to an already excellent book. I recommend “UnSouled” for all readers who like books that aren’t afraid to make them uncomfortable.  It’s wonderful and definitely worth the ride.