YMMV / Unwind

  • Crapsaccharine World: The Harvest Camps, being decorated and organized in a manner which are supposed to make the unwinds feel safe and at home. Obviously, these are horrific places where the unwinds know their fate, but the Harvest Camps are decorated with pastel colors and many other cheery decorations to cover up their true nature. Risa even describes her experience there as "Hell disguised as Heaven."
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome
    • Grace running back into a burning building to save the printer, all the while calculating how low her odds of survival are and not caring in the least. And then getting it safely to a company that will use it for good. Hell yes.
    • When all the random events come together and people begin to wonder, "What have we done?"
  • Jerkass Woobie: Roland is a manipulator, a bully, and all-around bad news. He's also a kid whose mother consigned him to unwinding for beating up the stepfather who was abusing her. And it's impossible not to feel for him in his last scene, as he's unwound.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Roland beyond qualifies for this, with his scheming and manipulating the social mechanics of the group to his benefit.
    • Mason Starkey is an even better at this, manipulating an entire army of "Storks" to do his bidding.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In Undivided, Nelson either crosses it when he betrays Argent and takes half of his face, or when he tries to burn down a store filed with AWOL children.
    • Starkey saving the escape jet for the storks, leaving the bio-raised Whollies and wards to distract the Juvie cops.
    • Any parent who sends their child to be Unwound probably crosses it by default. No matter what you call it, it's sending a teenager to their death. Especially Hayden's parents.
  • Narm: Connor being unwound in Undivded is an absolutely brutal scene...with the brief exception of "Funkytown" being played. Hopefully that particular nit of Soundtrack Dissonance doesn't make it into the movie...
  • Paranoia Fuel: Clappers. They could be anyone, anywhere, and the only difference is that their blood is volatile, so they explode if they clap hard enough. (Hence their name)
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Connor's recounting of the storked baby that nobody wanted that eventually died of exposure. Everybody at the funeral cried, even those who didn't find it on their doorstep.
    • Connor writing the letter to his parents, to be delivered when he turns 18. He starts it with I hate you, but he ends it with I love you.
    • CyFi pitifully holding the items he stole under the subconscious influence of Tyler's right Temporal Lobe.
      • CyTy begging Ty's parents not to unwind him, and breaking down into tears when they promise.
    • Chapter 61. Roland's unwinding. The infamous chapter that everyone talks about. People either cry buckets, or are left numb and sick.
    • Hayden's memories of his parents' divorce and decision to unwind him in UnWholly.
    "If thatís the way you want it!"
    "If thatís the way YOU want it!"
    "Donít put this on me!"
    They signed the unwind order just to spite each other, but laugh, laugh, laugh, Hayden, because if you ever stop laughing, it might just tear you apart worse than a Chop Shop.
    • Connor having to kill Starkey. Connor finally giving in is painful enough, but then he tries to strangle Starkey and fails several times. Eventually he realizes that (because Roland wasn't a killer) he can't do it with Roland's arm...but he can do it with his own.
    • Roland's mother getting the letter he wrote at Sonia's antique shop and imagining that he'll come home some day.
  • The Un-Twist: The later books threaten the repeal of Cap-17 and/or the passage of a "shelling" law that would allow for the involuntary unwinding of criminals, both of which would add the tension of Connor and Risa being eligible for unwinding again. Neither one comes to pass.