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Risa Megan Ward is a fifteen year old teenage resident at a StaHo (state home) orphanage in Ohio. She became a ward of the state home when her parents “storked” her directly after she was born. Risa is a very skilled piano player, but was scheduled to be unwound to cut orphanage costs and because the orphanage felt she had already met her full potential. During a private conference with the headmaster, she feels like “her membership in the human race was just revoked.” After growing up in an orphanage, she is inherently distrustful of people, but on the inside she is very emotional and caring. Risa is also extremely smart, resourceful, and tough girl who can take good care of herself. During their escape she manages to get food, clothes, and to get out of many sticky situations. She is very knowledgeable about taking care of young babies and wounds. She becomes a medic in the Graveyard because of her experiences at the orphanage. Risa sees a great change in Connor when she helps him control his emotions and to think rationally about the situation instead of just fighting.

Unwind By:Neal Shusterman

CHILLS. Everywhere. This is fantastic, really made made me want to read the book! I'm going to add it to my list of endless Need to Read Books!!!By:LightNeverFades


Connor Michael Lassiter (the “Akron AWOL”) is a sixteen year old boy whose parents signed the unwind order because of his constant fighting and getting thrown out of several schools. His escape and shooting the JuveyCop with his own tranqulizer gun creates a legend about the Akron AWOL, with stories that continue to become more elaborate with each telling. Connor doesn’t admit to being the Akron AWOL until Roland discovers it at the harvest camp. Connor changes from being an uncontrolled fighter to a person who contains his rage enough to rationalize and see what’s hidden in many dangerous situations. He finds an unexpected loyalty to the Admiral, the leader of a runaway unwind camp where he is staying, when they discover the bodies of The Goldens, some of the Admiral’s favorite Unwinds.


Levi “Lev” Jedediah Calder is, at thirteen, the youngest of ten children. He is described as angelic, with blond hair and blue eyes. Unlike Connor and Risa, Lev has a good relationship with his family. They are a very religious family and very loving towards each other. Unfortunately, however, as the tenth child in the family Lev is a “tithe,” which means that he is slated to be unwound as a religious sacrifice. Lev’s family gives one tenth of everything—including their children—as a sacrifice to the church. At the beginning of the novel, Lev understands his role as a tithe and is willing to give himself for unwinding. He always knew that he would be unwound, and understood that it was his life purpose. On his way to the harvest camp, however, Lev is abducted by Connor. The events which follow cause Lev to question every aspect of his life, especially his unwinding. As the story continues, Levi begins to feel that his parents love Jesus more than they love him, which causes him to feel more and more hatred towards his family for wanting to tithe him. He also starts to steal things and begins to trust others. He is also shown to be clever and honorable when he bargains a diamond bracelet for money. His honorable quality keeps him alive at the end of the story.




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