Study Guide

Unwind Rules and Order

By Neal Schusterman

Rules and Order

You know the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the one that begins "We the People"? It promises to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves." No document is perfect (the Constitution should promise hot coffee and free donuts to all), hence the Bill of Rights, a.k.a. the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

In Unwind, we're introduced to the Bill of Life, a new set of laws that seems to dismantle everything the Constitution set out to achieve. Under the Bill of life, there is injustice, chaos, turmoil, and a severe lack of liberty. And it doesn't guarantee donuts, either.

Questions About Rules and Order

  1. Why is 18 the cut-off for unwinding? Why not 19? Or 16? Explain what this means about the world of the book.
  2. Could the Bill of Life be revised in a way that you would approve of, or does it need to be scrapped altogether? Be specific and support your argument with evidence from the text.
  3. Are Connor and Risa "felons" for running away from being unwound? Why or why not? What is a felon?

Chew on This

The government tries to regulate morality with its Bill of Life, but there's no way for a law to dictate what is right and what is wrong.

The laws in Unwind exist to take away rights and protections from people who need it most.