Lev Tash’ne, known as Lev Calder, is one of the three protagonists in the book Unwind by Neal Shusterman. At thirteen, he is the youngest among the three “unwinds,” with fifteen-year-old Risa and sixteen-year-old Connor being the two others.
In the story, Lev is sent to be “unwound,” meaning his organs will be harvested to be used by others. In the novel, people believe that since 99.4% of the body of an unwind is utilized, the unwind does not really die—instead, they live on in others.
At the start of the story, Lev is aware that he is destined to become a “tithe,” or a religious sacrifice. Because Lev is the tenth child in his family, and his family sacrifices a tenth of everything, he understands that their sacrifice unfortunately includes him. He is ready to go to harvest camp for the unwinding, but on his way there, Connor kidnaps him. As Lev travels with Connor and Risa, he grows closer to the two. He begins to question his life purpose as an “unwind” and to resent his parents, who seem to love God more than they love him. When Lev questions his faith in God, Pastor Dan tells him that he does not have to lose his faith in God in order to lose his faith in the morality of unwinding.
Lev becomes a clapper—essentially a suicide bomber—but changes his mind about detonating the explosives in his body at the last minute so that he can save Connor. The police arrest Lev. Pastor Dan later pays him a visit in his cell, and Lev asks if he will be unwound. Pastor Dan tells him that because of the explosives injected into their bodies, clappers cannot be unwound. Even though the doctors have managed to get most of the explosives out of Lev’s system, some of the explosives can never be washed out.