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2.99908003679853 out of 52.99908003679853 out of 52.99908003679853 out of 52.99908003679853 out of 52.99908003679853 out of 5 3.00 (3,261 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: August 2011 ISBN: 9781442344877
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochy Hutchins | 1/14/2014

    " Love! I have another favorite series. <3 can't wait till book two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/12/2014

    " My 6th grade niece loaned me the book. She had loved it, and I enjoyed reading what she had liked so much. I did prefer it to Hunger Games. Even though kids end up fighting in this dystopia too, at least they use creative, art-based weaponry that most often has only a temporary, stunning effect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 1/7/2014

    " awesome creative and unforgetible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 12/14/2013

    " I loved it. It was action packed and adventurous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 12/10/2013

    " I was intrigued by the premise and enjoyed it initially, but the meandering plot, syrupy aspects, convenient but illogical plot contrivances wore on me. Still, it's a gentle-ish fantasy for middle grade readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/16/2013

    " Fantastic! Any middle grade student would love this - especially boys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Boaz | 11/8/2013

    " Pre-read this book for Landon, and I really enjoyed it. Book 1 of what is to be a 7 book series. I have book 2 on hold at the library. It is described as Harry Potter meets Hunger Games, and that seems pretty accurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabbie | 11/1/2013

    " I loved this book. It really was a mix of Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Easy read, but very interesting plot. If you're a fan of Harry Potter and/or Hunger Games, I would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Przybylowski | 10/15/2013

    " I found this book creative. It was full of magic and reminded me a lot of Harry Potter in it's own way. It was a pretty sort read but still good. I found it interesting how the author created violence without death. I found it a great read for any age to comprehend and full of excitement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 8/25/2013

    " Interesting dystopia concept of separating young teens into wanteds and unwanteds. Characters take unexpected actions. Begs for sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 3/25/2013

    " Absolutely fantastic book - a must read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trevor | 1/12/2013

    " Hunger Games/Harry Potter-lite. Not bad but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sir Kittykinz | 6/3/2012

    " It it sort of like a mellowed down Hunger Games in a Harry Potter world. It was lamely unsatisfying, and was dull and lifeless. Oddly, I finished it. P.S. what kind of bad guy (High Priest Justine) dies in the first book??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/9/2012

    " Dystopian fantasy. Grand adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandyce Barber | 12/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this read. A quick start, an intriguing plot. I got caught up quickly and was captured by the characters and story. Good recommendation for students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay (Shannon) | 10/14/2011

    " This book was like a vacation for me at a time when I really needed one. It was so much fun to read and I wanted to just melt into the pages and live within that magical island. I can't wait to get my hands on the second one in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Yates | 8/30/2011

    " Excellent book. I'm ready to read book two to find out what happens. Recommend to everyone. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for kids and teens, including the middle grade dystopian fantasy series the Unwanteds. She lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an audiobook narrator and winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.