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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa McMann Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Unwanteds Series Release Date:
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy makes her middle-grade dystopian fantasy debut.

When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill: each year all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination.

It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate—until he discovers that instead of a “death farm,” what awaits him is a magical place called Artimé. There Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artimé that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imagination runs wild in this creative adventure.”

    Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fantasy readers will be drawn to this plot…Don’t expect this to stay long on your library shelves.”

    Library Media Connection

  • “McMann has created a world of magical whimsy.”

    School Library Journal

  • The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter…Blending elements from two popular genres, this is sure to be a double hit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Reading Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds was like discovering a brilliant, lost children’s classic—except it’s never going to be lost, because readers will never, ever forget the magic they'll experience in its pages.”

    James A. Owen, author of Here, There Be Dragons

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Howard | 2/10/2014

    " LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like it says on the cover, the HUNGER GAMES meets HARRY POTTER in a stunning way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Graham | 2/3/2014

    " Not bad. A fun little book, perhaps a little out there, and I don't think the cover blurb is a whole lot of accurate. But a good kid's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann Shisko | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! Good character development and a fast-paced plot and the magical world of Artime created by Mr. Today reminds me of a good-guy Wizard of Oz! Great for the middle school age group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana Judd | 1/26/2014

    " The Kirkus reviews really described this book best when they said it was "the Hunger Games meets Harry Potter." But it's also so much more than that, and so much better for it. In the land of Quill, when children turn 13 they are split into three categories: the wanted who go on to university and the military, the necessaries who become garbage collectors, cooks, mechanics and such, and the unwanteds who are sent off to their death. This book follows Alex Stowe after he is proclaimed an unwanted, and his brother Aaron who is a wanted. Alex and the other unwanteds discover what has really been happening to all the others that have supposedly been sent to die: they have secretly been sent to a magical sanctuary where they learn arts and expressing emotion. The Unwanteds focuses on loss and friendship and what it really means to be part of a community and to care about people. I really loved this book and would recommend it basically to anyone. Lisa McMann has created a world that you want to believe exists, where people are safe. She has created a world where people can express themselves and be exactly who they are, where this is not only accepted, but encouraged. I think every kid who has gone through middle or high school wishes that they could be in Artime where differences are praised instead of belittled. This book teaches its readers that are gifts not only make us different and special, they make us important and valuable. People need to share their gifts in order to make their community stronger. It is a story masterfully woven. "

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