139 "Neal Shusterman" Quotes And Sayings

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Unwind, The Skinjacker, and Unwind: The Complete Trilogy. He is also the author of the story collections Heartworm and The Summer Prince. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Beth.

Conner Lassiter. Scheduled to be unwound the 21st of November-until you went AWOL. You caused an accident that killed a bus driver, left dozens of others injured, and shut down an interstate highway for hours. Then, on top of it, you took a hostage AND shot a Juvey-cop with his own tranq gun."..." He's the Akron AWOL?! Neal Shusterman
So the gods must mean something else, ” said Jix.“God, not gods! ” insisted Johnnie.Nick threw up his hands. “God, gods, or whatever, ” said Nick. “Right now, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Jesus, or Kukulcan, or a dancing bear at the end of the tunnel. What matters is that we have a clue, and we have to figure it out.”“ Why?” Johnnie asked again. “Why does God — excuse me, I mean ‘the Light of Universal Whatever’- why does it just give us a freakin’ impossible clue? Why can’t it just tell us what we’re supposed to do?”“ Because, ” said Mikey. “the Dancing Bear wants us to suffer. Neal Shusterman
Happiness is not a state of being. Happiness is a...
Happiness is not a state of being. Happiness is a vector, it is movement. Neal Shusterman
Then, in spite of everything, he began to smile. So much of his existence in Everlost had been full of despair. Despair, and a fear of losing what he had. But Allie was not lost, she was just there across the river, waiting for him to find her. Nick was not lost either--not entirely. It was then that Mikey McGill realized something. It must have been his sister who first called this place Everlost, because by naming it so, it stripped away all hope except for a faith in her, and the "safety" she could provide. Well, Mary was wrong on all counts, because nothing in Everlost was lost forever, if one had the courage to search for it. Mikey held tightly on to this shining truth as he and the golem sunk into the earth. Then with all the force of his heart, his mind, and his soul, Mikey McGill began to dig. . Neal Shusterman
When I touched that boy, I felt something. Something awful. Something I can’t describe.”“ We all felt it, ” Nick said.“ You may have felt it, but I caused it.” Then both his eyes seemed to go far away. “Something changed out there. I don’t know what it was, but something in the world changed because that kid didn’t deserve what I did to him–and the powers that be know that I did it.” Nick watched as a tear fell from his Everlost eye and disappeared through the living world table.“ What if, ” said Nick, not even sure what he was going to say yet, “what if you were that kid and you were told you could change the world, but you would have to sacrifice yourself to do it?” Clarence chuckled at the thought. “I believe that question was already asked a long time ago, and that creepy kid did not look anything like Jesus to me.”“ But you do think that something changed.”“I don’t know whether it’s good or bad.”“ What if it’s neither?” suggested Nick. “What if we get to make it one or the other? . Neal Shusterman
Hope in the shadow of fear is the world's most...
Hope in the shadow of fear is the world's most powerful motivator. Neal Shusterman
How easy is murder when one calls it by a different name? How much easier is it for the conscience to condone “reaping” than “killing”–and when one knows that death isn’t the end, does it stop the killing hand for fear of retribution, or does it simply make it easier to kill, because, if life continues, how can murder be murder at all? Neal Shusterman
Cities are never random. No matter how chaotic they might seem, everything about them grows out of a need to solve a problem. In fact, a city is nothing more than a solution to a problem, that in turn creates more problems that need more solutions, until towers rise, roads widen, bridges are built, and millions of people are caught up in a mad race to feed the problem-solving, problem-creating frenzy. Neal Shusterman
...the Statue of Liberty's got this invitation: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your reeking homeless--'' Huddled masses, ' said Ira. 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.'... Okay, fine. So like everybody in the old countries says, 'Hey, I'm a huddled mass, ' and they all wanna come over. Neal Shusterman
And, " added Mikey. "she's my sister." The others looked at him for a moment, and broke out laughing." Yeah, yeah, " Squirrel scoffed, "and the McGill is my cousin." Now Allie burst out laughing, which made Mikey more annoyed." If the McGill was your cousin, " Mikey said, "I can guarantee he'd disown you. Neal Shusterman
Mooooon! ” said the Ogre. “Tranquility …” Then he pointed at the full moon. “Neil Armstrong walked in a sea of Tranquility.” Then he added, “It’s made of cheese. But you have to take off the plastic before you put it on a burger.” Mickey sighed.“ What’s his story?” the wraith asked.“ He’s chocolate, ” Mikey said. Neal Shusterman
The fear of not living is a deep, abiding dread...
The fear of not living is a deep, abiding dread of watching your own potential decompose into irredeemable disappointment when 'should be' gets crushed by what is. Neal Shusterman
If someone had told Allie that she would commit a premeditated act of murder, she would not have believed it. She would have spouted off all the reasons how she could never be capable of such a thing–that no matter how dire the circumstances, she would find a better way. She was so naive, so arrogant to think that the laws of necessity and unthinkable circumstance could not apply to her. She could tell herself that this was an act of mercy, but that would be a lie. This was an act of war. An act of terrorism. It was nothing less than an assassination. If I do this, Allie told herself, I am no better than Mary. I will have sunk to the worst possible place a person can go. After this moment, I will be a cold-blooded killer and it can never be taken back. So the question was, did Allie Johnson have the strength to sacrifice all that was left of her innocence if it meant she might save the world? . Neal Shusterman
There is nothing to fear but fear itself,
There is nothing to fear but fear itself, " the captain announces from the helm, "and the occasional man-eating monster. Neal Shusterman
We're roughage,
We're roughage, " Tyger said. "If we don't cause a little intestinal distress, no one knows we're there. Neal Shusterman
I was asking if unwinding kills you, or if it leaves you alive somehow. C'mon–it's not like we haven't thought about it." (...)What do you think, Connor?" asks Hayden. "What hap­pens to your soul when you get unwound?" Who says I even got one?" For the sake of argument, let's say you do." Who says I want an argument? Neal Shusterman
My artwork isn't evolving, it's deconstructing, and I don't know why. Neal Shusterman
Perhaps that is the greatest crime of conquest--that a civilization is denied the right to evolve beyond its own embarrassment. Neal Shusterman
Your friend Mikey knew what my touch could do, but he didn’t tell me. He turned me into a murderer. Worse than a murderer.”“ I think, ” said Nick, “they call that manslaughter or wrongful death, don’t they? I mean, when it’s an accident or out of ignorance, or something.” Clarence turned to Nick, studying him with his Everlost eye. “You’re a lot smarter than you were back in the cage, ” Clarence said. “You look better too. Back then you were a thing, now you’re almost a person.”“ Thanks . but ‘almost’ is still ‘almost.’”“Yeah, well, we’re all almost something. Neal Shusterman
I always hear people talk about 'dysfunctional families.' It annoys me, because it makes you think that somewhere there's this magical family where everyone gets along, and no one ever screams things they don't mean, and there's never a time when sharp objects should be hidden. Well, I'm sorry, but that family doesn't exist. And if you find some neighbors that seem to be the grinning model of 'function, ' trust me - that's the family that will get arrested for smuggling arms in their SUV between soccer games. The best you can really hope for is a family where everyone's problems, big and small, work together. Kind of like an orchestra where every instrument is out of tune, in exactly the same way, so you don't really notice. Neal Shusterman