The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
After Lev is separated from Connor and Risa, and after his journey with CyFi (but before his arrival in the Airport Graveyard), he finds himself in the land of the Native Americans, specifically the Hi-Rez which is a wealthy Native American reservation. He is befriended by Wil, a young Native American with an extraordinary musical talent. This tragic story leads Lev to do what he does near the end of Book One.
Things have changed since the events of the first book, and as agreed, the government has lowered the age limit for when a teen can be unwound to 16 years old. However, there’s still a lot that Connor, Risa, and Lev have to deal with in the aftermath of the events of Book One.
Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.
Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.
With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.
A few accolades from Goodreads readers:
Wow. This is one of those books I have to think about for awhile before I can give my thoughts. – FloeticFlo
All in all, if you’re looking for a good dystiopan novel and don’t mind a little scare, then this is the book for you. Unwind will leave you thinking, what if this happened to our world, or what if this happened to me? – Marium
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