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Everyone knew that an unwind order was irreversible, so screaming and fighting wouldn’t change a thing.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  incapable of being reversed
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irreversible irreversibility irreversibly
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  • Everyone knew that an unwind order was irreversible, so screaming and fighting wouldn’t change a thing.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Though I am fully aware that it was an act of desperation after the sun flares, releasing the Flare virus as a means of population control was an abhorrent and irreversible crime.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Once I take that irreversible step of confronting him, it’s pretty much game over.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The procedure is irreversible.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • Ten million people were now transparent worldwide, the movement irreversible.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • People grumbling about their hopeless governments, about the elemental and irreversible dysfunction of their countries.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • As for the rest of 12, people are either dead, which is irreversible, or protected in 13.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Death was irreversible, he suspected, and he began to think he was going to lose.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Then, on June 16, 1939 (the date was like cement now), just over six months after Liesel’s arrival on Himmel Street, an event occurred that altered the life of Hans Hubermann irreversibly.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I hadn’t even considered the irreversible spoiling of Methuselah’s innocence, which just goes to show I have much to learn.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • Instead, his innocent mistakes turned out to be pivotal and irreversible, his name became the stuff of tabloid headlines, and his bewildered family was left clutching the shards of a fierce and painful love.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Yes: his decision was irreversible.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • And I’m a little scared that if I accidentally think, I wouldn’t mind an endless nap, it will happen and be irreversible, like the way my grandparents used to warn me that if I made a funny face as the clock struck noon, it would remain like that forever.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • And this is irreversible.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Do you wish to continue a struggle that consists of clinging to precarious ledges in a sliding descent to the abyss, a struggle where the hardships you endure are irreversible and the victories you win bring you closer to destruction?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Be warned: if you are too heavy-handed with the ingredients you will put the drinker into a heavy and sometimes irreversible sleep, so you will need to pay close attention to what you are doing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Space hurls outward, falconswift, mounting like an irreversible injustice, a final disease.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • An unsatisfactory equation between an exodus and return in time through reversible space and an exodus and return in space through irreversible time.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Now at the hands of Diomedes there might soon have been a ruin of Trojans; irreversible rout, and Ilion crowded like a shepherd’s pen, had’not the father of gods and men perceived it.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • When he recognized in himself the irreversible symptoms that he had seen and pitied in others, he did not even attempt a useless struggle but withdrew from the world so as not to infect anyone else.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Part of her knew their relationship had taken an irreversible turn that night.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Oh, not in a matter of hours or even days or weeks, but that the course was irreversible.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • But there’s a gap and everything in those pages tell me it’s irreversible.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I think first of all that he felt the whole Church of Reason was irreversibly in the arena of logic, that when one put oneself outside logical disputation, one put oneself outside any academic consideration whatsoever.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The sun and the city have struck up an irreversible alliance.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …of painful toil have laid up for the race of men, than shreds and patches of feeble literature and false history, with much futile information about Saxon and other kings of doubtful example, but unhappily quite without that knowledge of the irreversible laws within and without her, which, governing the habits, becomes morality, and developing the feelings of submission and dependence, becomes religion,—as lonely in her trouble as if every other girl besides herself had been cherished…
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • If the damage was permanent and irreversible? I held myself tightly together.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Have I made an irreversible mistake?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • She was ground down and eventually beaten so badly that she suffered irreversible brain damage.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • I wake up feeling different, like something inside me is changing, something chemical and irreversible.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Even that isn’t irreversible.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • In reality, Ebola had not yet made a decisive, irreversible breakthrough into the human race, but it seemed close to doing that.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Computermen sent up to install Mike were on short-term bonus contracts—get job done fast before irreversible physiologlcal change marooned them four hundred thousand kilometers from home.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Lelia cried easily, but back then in our early days I didn’t know and each time she wept I feared the worst, that it meant something catastrophic was happening between us, an irreversible damage.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • It was as if she had just discovered the irreversible process.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • His niece always arrived in her nightgown, her hair wet from the shower, and sat at the foot of his bed to tell him happy stories, because, as she put it, he was a magnet for other people’s problems and irreversible disasters, and someone had to keep him posted about spring and love.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Canada already sponsors the Micronutrient Initiative, which supports iodization of salt, but there is far more work to be done—and it is appalling that so many girls will suffer irreversible brain damage when by one estimate a mere $19 million would pay for salt iodization in the countries that still desperately need it.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Lainie came and stood next to me, sort of collapsed against my haunch in a way that meant she was irreversibly bored.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • His voice lowered and he repeated: "A poison—so subtle, so insidious …. so irreversible.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • A certain restlessness disappears," he squeaked, "in favor of irreversible serenity."
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "I can’t believe that the process is irreversible.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Irreversible, terminal things.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • "Work out how long they can stay on this course before it’s irreversible.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Irreversible logic, a killer’s survival logic demanded that after taking out the backup the Jackal had to race away as fast as humanly possible.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I had a thought that I should rush him now, while he was preoccupied with the casual study of the alien terrain where his spirit had broken up into irreversibly fragmented parts.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I have heard that an early inoculation to’the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It was part of the countdown, rigid, irreversible, prelude to his departure.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • When I pointed out that he was riding close to invisible line where irreversible physiological changes could set in, he grinned and told me not to worry.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • She drove more or less automatically until a swift boy in a Mustang, perhaps unable to contain the new sense of virility his auto gave him, nearly killed her and she realized that she was on the freeway, heading irreversibly for the Bay Bridge.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
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