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Haley Fox

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Transcript of Unwind

UNWIND By Haley, Tien and Matt Themes:

1.In order to survive they have to put asides their differences and work together as a team.
2. The kids have to hide from the authorities. They have to get to the safe house and live there until the are 18. Then the "Unwind" order are not in effect when they are past 18.
3.When survival instinct kick in, people do things that are immoral or irrational. For example, Connor uses Lev as a human body shield even though Lev is still alive.

*Standing up for what you know is wrong
1.Sonia and the Admiral knows that unwinding a human being is a terrible thing. Therefore, they try their best to help the kids stay alive until they turn 18.
2. Hannah the school teacher helped Connor and Risa escaped the police. She knows that these two kids need her help in order to survive. she also think that unwinding kids are a terrible thing to do.
3.At the end of the book, Connor becomes the leader of the "Grave Yard".

*Trusting other people
1. They have to trust Sonia to be able to have a chance to hide in her basement.
2.When they were locked up in the ice cream truck, they have to trust their life to the driver not to take them to the juvey cops.
3.They have to trust the Admiral to not give them up to the authorities after they arrived at the "Grave Yard". The book "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman is an inspiring fictional piece about three teenage kids who have the courage to stand up for injustice. Connor, Risa and Lev are signed over to be unwound, which is a process that was constructed after the Heartland war that takes apart "unwanted" kids to give all of their body parts to others that need them. Being unwound is not a process that kills these kids. In fact, it keeps them very much alive but in a divided state. Connor, Risa and Lev each have their own reasons for being unwound, but they all come together with one common goal, to survive. Quotes 1. "...One thing you learn when you've lived as long as I have-people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I'm pleased to be in the light."
-This quote really explains life that the pro-unwind community fails to address. In reality, this is how life really is; people move in and out of bad and good periods in their life but being forced to be unwound fails to give these kids the opportunity to move into a good period in their life. 2. "You can be anyone you want to be now."
- This is a quote that Pastor Dan said to Lev. This is a huge advancement in the plot because this is the moment that Lev realizes that he can become more than just a tithe. He can live his life and be whoever he wants without anyone else telling him who he is without any fear of judgement. 3. "Unwinds didn't go out with a bang - they didn't even go out with a whimper. They went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fingers."
-Fear of the unknown may be the biggest fear among all people. It is also a major theme in this book. No one knows what happens to an unwind, where they go to get unwound or what happens after. This quote I believe symbolizes the unknown in this book. One day, your friend could be sitting next to you in class and that could be the last day that you see them, you never know. This is a lot of what this book is about, uncertainty and survival. 4. "Which was worse, to have tens of thousands of babies that no one wanted or to silently make them go away before they were even born?"
-This quote represents the ethical premise in this book. This book was written concerning the abortion controversy and this quote directly states the controversial sides of the argument. This statement made by Risa further advances the conflict in this book of having thousands of unwanted babies or looking the other way when they are quietly eliminated. Summary 5. "It's amazing that something as simple as a kiss can overpower the worst of worries"
-This quote is extremely important to the advancement of the plot of this book because it explains the growing romantic relationship that Risa and Connor have. They start the book not liking each other not much at all, but they progressively like each other more and more. Neal Shusterman Unwind In our opinion, we should include this book into the english curriculum. It should specifically be added to the Junior/Senior curriculum due to the disturbing nature of the book. Many books that are already in the English currulum are somewhat uninteresting and boring. "Unwind" will be a great book in the curriculum since its offers suspense and action adventure. Action adventure will keep the reader on constant alert. Thus making it easier to get into the book. This novel also allow the reader to choose side between the government and the runaway. Readers will have to rethink considerably to acknowledge whether or not unwind a human being is ethical. Furthermore, the novel will keep the student interested, and more willingly to read everyday. This book will make English classes more interesting and more fun to participate. All about Neal Shusterman

Neal grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He began writing at an early age and spent his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City. He went on to UC Irvine, where he made the swim team and wrote a very successful swim humor column. Right off the bat he had his first book deal within a year of graduating. He was also hired to write a movie script too. Since, Neal has made his mark as a screenwriter, television writer, and novelist. Neal has film directed two short films that have won him the CINE Golden Eagle Award. He has also wrote music and stage plays including book and lyrical contributions to "American Twistory." He has even created games like "How to Host a Mystery" and "How to Host a Murder" for teens. As a screen and tv writer, Neal has written for "Goosebumps" and "Animorphs," and he also wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie "Pixel Perfect". As of now, Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios. Some other books Neal has written include: The Eyes of Kid Midas, Everlost, Unwind, The Shadow Club, Downsiders, and many more. He says his own children are a constant source of material, support, and editorial suggestions. When Neal was a child he wanted to be everything including a writer, actor, doctor, rock star, artist, architect, and film director. A teacher of his said he couldn't be a jack of all trades, he insisted that he was going to be a jack of seven trades, and a master of three. But his ninth grade teacher was the one who really inspired him to become a writer by giving him monthly extra credit for extra papers. Evaluation of the Book

The three criterions that all good books have are as follows: Action-packed, originality, suspenseful. Unwind gets an A+ in the originality category because it is about a futuristic time in the world where bad kids get unwound. Which literally entails killing the kids and separating their body parts to use for other kids that don't have these body parts. The novel is about these "bad" kids trying to survive on the run, until they are 18 years old and the law doesn't apply to them anymore. How much more original can you get than that. As for the action-packed category, this book also deserves and A. The book starts with the three main characters, Conor, Risa, and Lev. getting their unwind orders and the stories behind how they got them. Then it goes into how each escape their situation. Lev gets brought into Conor's escape plan while Conor runs from the juvey-cops. Risa leaves the bus that carries her to her unwinding when Conor's escape causes the bus to overturn. Conor runs away from home and the juvey-cops chase him. Lev also tries to turn the other two in to the juvey-cops because in the beginning off the book he wants to get unwound and the others stopped him from bcoming unwound. They also hide out underneath an old ladies store, known as the "dragon lady" in the beginning of the story. Other great action-packed moments are the numerous battle scenes in the abandoned plane graveyard, and the Happy Jack Harvest Camp. As for the book being suspenseful, it is that and much more. Many scenes come to mind like when they all almost get caught on the highway, in the school. Also the struggle for power between Roland and Conor, and the many confrontations between the admiral, leader of the airplane graveyard, and other awols are very suspenseful as well. Overall I'd give this book an A in the suspense category as well.
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