A riveting middle-grade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”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... show more
A riveting middle-grade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”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.
Publish date: August 30th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Edition language: English
Series: Unwanteds (#1)
"There was a hint of wind coming over the top of the stone walls and through the barbed-wire sky on the day Alexander Stowe was to be Purged." - First sentence "Fear and a suspicion of strangers is, I'm afraid, a characteristic of many humans." - Mr. Today "Fighting against Quill's bigotry, whic...
I really wanted to like this book. But listening to the audio version it just dragged. I can see why children would enjoy this series but as an adult I found it boring and was quite uninterested in the characters and the plot. Alex is an unwanted. Definitely not where hoped to be especially since...
They must think kids are stupid... A cross between Harry Potter and The Hunger Games? Pa-leez. If I hadn't been buddy reading this book with my son, I wouldn't have finished it. And I NEVER don't finish. Very poor writing, dimensionless characters, ridiculous plot. Won't be reading the next one,...
The quote on the front of the book says it is a combination of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, but the beginning and the scenario on one side of the fence seems much more The Giver to me with the lack of connections within families and the designation of people for certain categories when they tu...