Discussion Q's

Discussion Questions for Unwind by Neal Shusterman

My book club decided to read Unwind for our meeting this month.  Here are some questions that the library gave me, as well as some I came up with on my own.

  1. Did you like the multiple points of view or were there too many of them?
  2. What did you think of the world-building in this book? Did you feel you understood how the world worked or was there missing information?
  3. When do you think this book takes place? What are some indicators that it doesn’t take place in the present day?
  4. Did you identify with Risa, Connor, or Lev more throughout this book? Why?  What traits do you have in common with them?
  5. In the course of the book, Connor and Risa get separated from Lev, who travels for a time with Cy-Fi. Why do you think the author chose to do this?  What do you think this achieves?
  6. If you were in an accident, like Risa was, and could either be cured completely using body parts from unwound teens or live with a major disability for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Would your answer change if it were a loved one in this situation instead of you?
  7. One of the things the kids in this book discuss is, “If every part of you is still alive but inside of someone else, are you alive or are you dead?” They also wonder if consciousness can exist even if it’s spread out, and if the soul remains intact.  What do you think?
  8. What did you think was the most disturbing part of this book?
  9. Was this story realistic? Could you see something like the Bill of Life actually being passed in the future?
  10. Do you think this book added anything to the Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice debate? If so, what?  Do you think the author leaned more toward one side or another or stayed neutral?

Hope these help your book club have a great discussion!

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