The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds

Book - 2011
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Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret--behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.

But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, c2011.
ISBN: 9781442407688
Branch Call Number: J MCM
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jessica_M_ Apr 16, 2018

Harry Potter fans will be captivated by this magical series. Each year, thirteen year olds are sorted into categories that will decide their future. But what happens when twins Alex and Aaron are separated into different categories? Check-out book one to find out! Best for readers ten and older.

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movieangel May 17, 2018

McMann has created such an interesting world with this book! The extremes of a dull, militant society and a colorful, magical one create a lot of interesting problems and relationships. I can see how there is still a lot more to uncover in the rest of the series.

Mar 23, 2018

got me hooked on the first page!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 08, 2018

really nice book

Jan 12, 2018

Really good series. Would recommend it to anyone! It is One of my favorite series!!!

Jan 07, 2018

Best series ever. I've been trying to think of a better book that I've read but i don't think there is one and i don't think there ever will be.

Dec 27, 2017

the series is better than harry potter

Nov 28, 2017

I picked up the book one year and never got around to finishing it. Seemed a little slow and choppy in the beginning. I just started again and continued to the second book and WOW! If I had any doubts before, they were utterly destroyed by the amazing writing and plot line of the series as it continued.

Oct 11, 2017

This book is so amazing! The creativity in it is endless! This book is one of those kinds where you can never ever put it down. (I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put the book down!) Reccommended to people of age 10 and(/or) above. Hats off to Lisa McMann!

Aug 05, 2017

This book is among my favorites!

Aug 03, 2017

This book was probably the first book that really got me into the love of reading. I loved the message I got from the book; how even if you feel unwanted or different there's a whole other world of people just like you, and that you shouldn't hide your creativity and imagination. This book gave so many twists and turns, that overall gave me an emotional roller coaster, being scared, to intrigued and everything in between. This book created a world in my mind I would love to be in! I loved the characters the author had created, and the relationships they had with each other. I have to fully agree with Kirkus Reviews that it is a mix of Hunger Games and Harry Potter. It made my mind whirl with all the possibilities of what could happen next, and boosted my own imagination to think of living in the wonderful world! I loved the overall plot of this book, and it is a novel I will definitely read again, 5/5 stars!
Also, just as a side note, all seven of the books in this series are amazing and they all really develop the story and plot!
- @MyWeekIsBooked of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Feb 01, 2017


Jul 01, 2016

Creativity is a gift, but in Quill it is a crime

Jun 28, 2016

"So tell me, how does it feel to be Eliminated?"

Jun 28, 2015

Time holds hope for many impossible things.


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Jul 01, 2016

Quill is an island where creativity is considered a crime. There is three main ranks in Quill. The high priest, wanteds, necessaries and the unwanteds. The High priests is Justine, she rules Quill, Wanted's goes to universities and learns math, military tactics etc, necessaries do labour work and the unwanteds gets sent to their death on the day of purge… so everybody thought. There are no holidays in Quill except on the day of Purge. At age 13, those kids are going to be judged between a wanted, a necessary and an unwanted. Alex Stowe and Aaron Stowe are twins. Alex is being sent to Death farm where the unwanteds die and Aaron is going to be a wanted. When Aex along with the the Unwanteds are at the death farm, Marcus Today saves them all and teleports them to Artime a place of freedom, where people can learn magic, express themselves, all the things a normal person would do. Artime has now been discovered and the war has started, will Artime manage to defend themselves from the wrath of Quill and will Alex have the strength to fight Aaron his twin brother.

Jul 25, 2013

In this society, creativity is frowned upon. small infractions of the law can turn you into an Unwanted, a child who is eliminated at thirteen. Alex and his twin are separated at the choosing, for one is Wanted, the other an Unwanted. But nothing is how it seems, for instead of losing his life, he finds a new one full of magic and wonder. The country must be saved from the mysterious powers that are ruling it with cruel force.


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Nov 09, 2016

Other: Very intense and dramatic dont read it if you are a crier

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