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.
This book is disturbing and just holy crow! These people think it's okay to unwind their children if they don't want them or if they are bad kids. And what is unwinding you ask? It's where they take all of your body parts, EVERY SINGLE ONE, and use them for other people. AND your body parts are still a part of you, but only your brain can still think inside of another body but the parts can still do things the other kid did, like playing an instrument etc.
"See, brain bits work okay, but they don't work great," CyFi explains. "It's like puttin' spackle over a hole in a wall. No matter how well you do it, that wall ain't never gonna be as good. So my dads made sure I got an entire temporal lobe from a single donor. But that kid wasn't as smart as me. He wasn't no dummy, but he didn't have the 155. The last brain scan put me at 130. That's the top 5 percent of the population, and still considered genius. Just not with a capital G. What's your IQ?"
AND... YES THERE IS ANOTHER AND... they only numb you while they are doing this! They don't put you all the way under, they want to make sure your still functioning. I had the wonderful time of reading a kid going through this. I didn't like the bully that this was happening to but still. There is a moral to this story, if your a bad kid and your parents sent you to boot camp, JUMP FOR DAMN JOY!
The three main characters of the story are Connor, Risa and Lev. Connor's parents put in the order to unwind him because he was always getting into trouble. Risa was in the system and they needed to make room for more kids at the home. And Lev was a tithe to God. I still can't get over some of the stuff I read in this book. I loved the book though, don't get me wrong.
Connor and Risa break free and are on the run. Connor grabs Lev and take him with them. Lev isn't happy about this because he thinks he's supposed to be a tithe, but when his pastor tells him to run he starts to understand. They all get split up for a bit and Lev runs into another kid called CyFi (nickname) and this kid isn't on the run because he's not an unwind. He's actually wanted by his father's and he's a stork kid. <--- Get to that in a minute. But CyFi is on a mission because he has part of the brain of another child and that child wants to get something done. I cried at this part because it's so horrific :-(
At some point they all end up in a plane graveyard where an ex military man takes care of unwinds.
They live here for a short period of time because some kids start some stuff and there is a riot and people are killed. Sigh, it was all stupid actually. I did like the Admiral, he did a lot to help these kids because he and his ex-wife made the mistake of unwinding their child. They changed their mind but they were too late so he dedicated his life to helping others.
Oh yeah and the stork babies are babies that are left on your doorstep and you are allowed to keep them. Abortion is illegal but you can put a baby on a doorstep and they can keep the child forever or decide to Unwind it later.
Needless to say this book was very disturbing and creepy but I really did enjoy it. I haven't read anything else like it!
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