Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simltaneously providing much-needed organs for transplanting might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.
Cam is made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds; he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles to find identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.
- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers |
- 416 pages |
- ISBN 9781442423671 |
- October 2013 |
- Grades 7 and up |
- Lexile 860L
Reading Group Guide
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.
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 until too late how he is being manipulated by St see more