Characters: Unwind

The characters of the Unwind series:

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    The Main Three 

Connor Lassiter

"Yes, it is an answer. Maybe it's the best answer of all. If more people could admit they really don't know, maybe there never would have been a Heartland War."

One of the three main characters, Connor was signed by his parents to be unwound because of his trouble-making nature. He plans to runaway with his friend and crush Ariana, but she backs out at the last second. Connor gets caught, but manages to escape and meets Risa while rescuing Lev.

  • Anti-Hero -> The Hero
  • The Beard/Undercover as Lovers: Connor and Risa pretend to be in a relationship during most of the story so they won't get separated.
  • Berserk Button
  • Boy Meets Girl: Connor meets Risa.
  • Brown Eyes
  • Character Focus
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Delinquent
  • Doorstop Baby: Connor and Risa take care of one for a while.
  • Eye Scream: Lost his eye - and his arm - during the Clapper incident at the Chop Shop.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Connor gets worried when he notices Roland repetitively flirts with Risa and helps her out a lot (giving her his food, offering her his blanket) and even questions her about it, the first thing he says being, "You're not actually falling for him, are you?" We all know he's jealous, though.
  • Hot-Blooded: This trait of his is why the Lassiters signed the order to have Connor unwound. Over time, though, Connor learns to control his temper and it cools down into Tranquil Fury.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Connor doesn't get into fights if he's alone.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Impulsive and quick-tempered, but ultimately cares about his best friends.
  • Love Hurts: When Ariana backs out at the last second to kick-AWOL with Connor.
  • Love Triangle: A mild, implied one between Connor, Risa, and Ariana. Connor, Risa, and Roland could possibly count too.
  • Meet Cute: Meet Risa.
  • My Fist Forgives You: To Lev
  • Morality Chain: Risa seems to be that for Connor.
  • Official Couple: Connor and Risa.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • The Rival: Roland.
  • Scars Are Forever: Lost an eye, received scars on his face, and lost an arm from the Clapper incident at the Chop Shop.
    • And the arm he got transplanted with while he was unconscious? ... It was Roland's arm.
  • Second Love: Risa.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Connor and Risa from time to time.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Cam in the last half of UnSouled.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Connor finds Roland cornering Risa in the restroom, Connor acts like nothing is wrong and says that Risa and he broke up. This deflates Roland, who leaves the scene. Connor is secretly furious at Roland for harassing Risa (and holding his temper being perhaps the hardest thing he ever had to do), but followed Risa's previous advise to him to not take any bait that Roland hands him.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • True Companions: Risa and Lev.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Connor, Risa, and Lev.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Ironically, Connor is tranquilized by Lev to get him out of the battle because he wants to stay and defend the Graveyard at the end of the second book. At the start of the first book, Lev is rescued from being unwound against his will by Connor.

Risa Megan Ward

"Don't I have a choice in this?

One of the three main characters, Risa is an orphan at Ohio State Home 23, StaHo for short. After making several mistakes during her piano recital, Risa is one of the 5% population of the teenagers there that are going to be unwound to cut the orphanage's costs. She escapes the bus taking her to the Harvest Camp and ends up meeting Connor and Lev.

Levi "Lev" Jedediah Garrity, né Calder

This is what I was born for. It's what I've lived my life for. I am chosen. I am blessed. And I am happy.

One of the three main characters, it was in Lev's religion to become unwound - as he is the "tithe." Along the highway, Lev is kidnapped by Connor as a hostage, but impulsively rescues Lev when he gets tranqed by a bullet meant for Connor.

    Introduced in Unwind 

Sonia Rheinschild

"Maybe, maybe not. One thing you learn when you've lived as long as I have—people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I'm pleased to be in the light."

An elderly woman who shelters Unwinds. She works with Hannah in protecting Unwinds. Nicknamed "Dragon Lady" by Hayden and Mai.

  • Cool Old Lady
  • The Reveal: At the end of the second book, Sonia is revealed to be the wife of Janson Rheinschild, who invented the technology which made unwinding possible.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Undivided Nelson sets her shop on fire and she dies.

Roland Taggart

"Consider yourself lucky."

One of the three Unwinds that Connor and Risa meet when finding shelter with Sonia, Roland was going to be unwound because he beat up his stepfather for beating his mother; his mother took his stepfather's side instead. An intimidating adolescent who is both feared and respected, Roland sees Connor as a threat.

Hayden Upchurch

"Let's take a poll—would you rather die, or be unwound?"

One of the three Unwinds that Connor and Risa meet when finding shelter with Sonia, Hayden came from a wealthy family, but when his parents had a divorce, they fought over the custody of Hayden, leading to an alternative choice - to have Hayden unwound rather than to have one of the parents have Hayden. A bit of a jokester, Hayden befriends Connor.

Hayden briefly takes over the Graveyard after Connor and the others take the Admiral to the hospital. He continues to work at the Graveyard to help Unwinds like himself.


"We get sent to the harvest camp and they cut us apart, that's what happens next."

One of the three Unwinds that Connor and Risa meet while finding shelter with Sonia, Mai was going to be unwound because her parents tried to have a boy and instead had another girl for the fourth time.

Mai becomes a Clapper after the death of her boyfriend Vincent and kills herself when she activates her detonator.

Cyrus "CyFi" Finch

"Ain't no one gonna tell you what's in your heart. You gotta find that out for yourself."

A young Umber who Lev accompanies to Joplin after Lev betrays Connor and Risa, Cy is friendly and optimistic.

It is later revealed that when he had surgery and recieved a 1/8 lobe of a brain from an Unwind, that Unwind - named Tyler - still believes he is alive and at times takes control over Cy's body to steal. Cyrus is going to Joplin for the sake of Tyler, and they both (sort of) concile with their respective parents.

Zachary "Emby"

"Wait till you're the one who's dying and see how you feel about it!"

One of the boys in the same crate as Connor and Hayden when they're sent to the Graveyard. Nicknamed the Mouth Breather.

The Admiral/Admiral Dunfee

"I'd like to be the first to welcome you to the Graveyard."

The Admiral is in charge of the Graveyard, where he protects Unwinds until they turn eighteen. Rumors spread that he's only after parts of the Unwinds for himself, but the Admiral is genuine about helping the Unwinds.

    Introduced in UnWholly 

Camus 'Cam' Composite-Prime/Comprix

The first teen built entirely of the parts of other unwinds, specifically the best and the brightest parts of each one used. He's constantly struggling with the memories of the other kids that he carries in the various parts of his mind. Has a crush on Risa because one of the kids he was made from knew her from the state home.


The head of the project that built Cam. She also blackmails Risa into getting a spine transplant and doing ads supporting unwinding.

Mason Starkey

Starkey is a stork who is rescued and sent to The Graveyard. He is bitter and angry because storks are treated as second class citizens most of the time. He also feels that Connor isn't doing enough to actually stop unwinding and wants to take things to the street.

J.T. Nelson

The juvey cop turned parts pirate whom Connor tranq'd in the first book. Nelson wants revenge because he was left a laughingstock by the incident. Now he kidnaps and turns over runaway AWOLS and won't stop looking for Connor.

  • Character Focus
  • Dirty Cop: Before becoming a parts pirate.
  • Jerkass: Betrays his partner and leaves him to suffer a horrible fate, tries to burn down a store filled with AWO Ls, kidnaps children to kill them and sell their organs, yeah, this guy is a major dick.
    • When he is unwound without anaesthetic in Undivided, the computer program lampshades it by calling him "Jerkass Dirtbag" instead of his real name.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Argent.


A tithe born to help her sick brother. She was rescued by the tithe deprogramming group that takes in Levi. She resists the deprogramming, convinced that her purpose was to help others and that the group disrupted that. Eventually, she escapes and goes on the run with Levi, who's tired of the hero worship he's getting in the mansion.

  • Character Focus
  • Unwanted Rescue: Although it is unclear what Miracolina wanted to be done at the end of the book given that, techinically, her parents never signed the unwind papers, Miracolina is excited to be a tithe, and is very angry at being "rescued" by the Anti-Divisional Resistance.

Trace Neuhauser

A 23 year old AWOL air force boeuf at the Graveyard who acts as Connor's head of security and strategic adviser. Is later discovered to be working for Proactive Citizenry to spy on the Graveyard, but he still believes in helping the unwinds there and thus doesn't give away the most important information he knows.

"Bam" Bambi

    Introduced in UnSouled 

Argent Skinner

Grace Skinner


    Introduced In Undivided 


  • Affably Evil: Acts like a very nice man to his soon to be victims, treating them like guests, stands by them as they are unwound acting as a father figure to them, lets them pick what music they would like to listen to as they are unwound, ETC.
  • Cool Plane: The Lady Lucrezia.

    Minor Characters 


"Sure. Sure I do. I could leave here. If you asked me."

Connor's friend and crush in the beginning of the novel. Connor and Ariana planned to kick-AWOL together, but Ariana backs out at the last second because of she is the maid of honor at her sister's wedding and because of school.


"Hi, you must be new! I'm Alexis, and this is Chase."

A girl who Connor and Risa meet on a school bus. She has a baby son named Chase.


"Unwound. I'd rather be unwound."

One of the boys in the same crate as Connor and Hayden when they're sent to the Graveyard. He is the quietest of them.

Hannah Steinburg

"Don't tell me your names. Don't tell me anything, so if they question me afterward, I won't be lying when I say I don't know."

A teacher who helps Connor and Risa escape the school and find shelter with Sonia, who shelters Unwinds. Hannah volunteers to take in the baby that Connor and Risa were briefly caring for.