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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Oct 07, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

In the future abortions are illegal, but between the ages of 13 and 17 parents are able to unwind their children – send them to a facility that harvests their entire body for transplant in other people. Some are sent because they are unruly and another type of “unwind” is a “tithe”, one who grew up knowing they would be unwound and part of a religious type mentality. Conner is sent to be unwound and decides to runaway. As he causes a commotion on a freeway, he kidnaps Lev (a tithe) and is joined by Risa (an orphan) both headed to an unwind facility. There journey takes them to a school, where they are turned in by Lev as he still has the beliefs of unwinding as an honor. He realized too late that he made a mistake. Conner and Risa make their escape to an underground system that saves children fated for unwinding. They are shipped from one place to another until they wind up at an old airplane graveyard where over 400 other children are. Once they hit age eighteen they will be safe, but things don’t go smoothly with the mistrust of the “The Admiral” who runs the place, a bully named Roland, the mysterious deaths of some of the leaders, and Lev showing up. A riot and the rescue of their leader lands them straight in an unwind facility. All things come together there for a dramatic ending.

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