A Reading Group Guide to UnWholly
By Neal Shusterman About the Book
This novel picks up a year after Unwind.
Connor now runs the Graveyard, where kids who run away rather than be unwound can stay safe. Risa is head medic at the facility. But Starkey, a new kid, is undermining Connor’s leadership. Meanwhile, Cam, a teen built exclusively of Unwind parts and groomed by a mysterious organization, falls in love with Risa. When a terrorist tries to kill Lev, he goes on the run with Miracolina, another tithe. At the climax, they all know their only hope is the Graveyard, but they don’t know it’s about to be raided by the Juvie Police. Discussion Questions
1. If you were a citizen in the world of this story, which group would you support: the Anti-Divisional Resistance (ADR), opposing Unwinding and supporting AWOL kids; or Proactive Citizenry, a group whose purpose is “to do good in this world” as they define it, by promoting Unwinding as an integral part of life? Now try to envision what circumstances might make you switch sides.
2. Starkey is an incredibly manipulative character who uses a legitimate issue he cares about (protecting Storked kids’ self-esteem) to also gain power for himself. What are some real-world examples of legitimate issues that are often manipulated for personal or political gain?
3. Connor fails to realize