Study Guide

Unwind Chapter 2

By Neal Schusterman

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Chapter 2


  • Risa Ward is an orphan in a state home, but she has a talent for piano.
  • She's trying to remember how to play a sonata and she's afraid of screwing up, probably because it's really hard to fit a Hyundai on a piano.
  • After her performance, Risa is told that she's going to be unwound. Someday her hands may play piano at Carnegie Hall, but "unfortunately the rest of Risa won't be there" (1.2.72).
  • She's loaded onto a bus for transfer to the unwind center.
  • But there are two kids fighting in the middle of the highway. When the bus careens off the road to avoid them, Risa manages to jump out of the bus and run.

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