Study Guide

Unwind Life, Consciousness, and Existence

By Neal Schusterman

Life, Consciousness, and Existence

Would your kidney revolt against you if it came from your husband's mistress? If you had a uterus transplanted from your own mother, does that mean you'd give birth to your sister? There are all sorts of weird organ transplant stories (seriously—you can Google it), and we can only imagine what new stories might exist in the world of Unwind. In this world, they insist that you remain "alive" through your organs, which makes anyone about to be unwound ponder what exactly it means to be alive.

Questions About Life, Consciousness, and Existence

  1. Does consciousness remain "in a divided state" (1.2.64) after a person has been unwound? What evidence in the book supports your claim?
  2. Did your opinion on the unwinding process change after the scene in which Roland is unwound? Why or why not?
  3. How does the Bill of Life cheapen life? Does it do anything to enhance life experience? If so, what? If not, why?

Chew on This

Connor and friends ponder philosophical questions about life and existence the closer they get to the point where their own lives may end.

It's possible that there is no scientific evidence of people remaining "alive" after being unwound, and they just tell people that to make them feel better about having their children unwound.