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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that UnDivided is the fourth and final volume of Neal Schusterman's Unwind "dystology." Set in a world where "harvesting" the organs of rebellious teens is normal, it raises compelling questions about medical ethics and free will. UnDivided contains scenes of violence, often involving guns and knives, not to mention the "clappers" who are able to cause explosions with their own bodies. In two scenes, characters are put into an automated organ-harvesting machine while still conscious. There are a few scenes with sexual content, most of it implied rather than described. Starkey, one of the villains, has impregnated three of his followers. Risa and Connor spend an evening sleeping in the same bed, although it's open to interpretation whether they actually have sex. Strong language includes "damn," "hell," "bastard," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and "ass."
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What's the story?
After years of being on the run from the authorities who want to "unwind" them for their valuable organs, Connor, Risa, and Lev finally find effective ways to fight against Proactive Citizenry and the Juvenile Authority. They are given new hope with the discovery of a 3-D printer capable of manufacturing human organs, thereby making the unwinding process obsolete. But powerful forces conspire to suppress this technology, and each of the teens must convince others to rise up and demand justice.
Is it any good?
The complicated plot strands that run through the previous three volumes of this sci-fi saga are expertly played out and tied up in UNDIVIDED. Author Neal Shusterman keeps the narrative moving at a brisk clip, continually raising the stakes and making sure that the various conflicts are choreographed for maximum impact.
Favorite characters achieve their goals against incredible odds, and despicable villains receive their comeuppance in satisfying ways. Readers who have persevered through four volumes will feel rewarded.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the media emphasizes aspects of teen behavior. Do you think newspapers, TV, or social media portray teen life in realistic ways?
How do giant corporations manipulate the media and affect public policy?
What aspects of health care might lend themselves to abuse? What kinds of ethical problems might surround procedures such as organ transplantation?
- Author: Neal Shusterman
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Superheroes, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Science and Nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: October 14, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 480
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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