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Unwind: Plot Summary
Unwind: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Unwind: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Neal Shusterman
Historical Context of Unwind
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- Full Title: Unwind
- When Written: 2006
- Where Written: California
- When Published: 2007
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Literature; Dystopian Fiction; Science Fiction
- Setting: Ohio, Arizona, and Mississippi, sometime in the near future
- Climax: Lev chooses not to clap, saving Happy Jack Harvest Camp from being blown up.
- Antagonist: Roland; the Clappers; the Bill of Life; the individuals who legalized Unwinding
- Point of View: First Person, narrated by various characters
Extra Credit for Unwind
Overtime. While in Unwind the unwinding process takes only three hours, organ transplant surgeries today can take up to 16 hours for a single organ. Hearts, lungs, and intestines represent the most complicated and lengthy surgeries.
Paid Gig. Shusterman wanted to be a writer since he was a child, but it only began to feel like a real possibility to him when he was in ninth grade. At that point he was in dire need of extra credit, so his English teacher offered him extra credit to write a story per month.