The Unwanteds

Author(s): Lisa McMann
Series: Unwanteds Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Aug 30, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.33 hours)
Product Number: Z100135170
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442344877
Narrator/s: Simon Jones
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A riveting middlegrade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter." 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.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Lisa McMann
Product Number EB00579790
Released: Sep 29, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Aladdin
ISBN: #9781442407701
Text - Hardback
Author(s): Lisa McMann
Product Number 160037
Released: Sep 20, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781442407688

Professional reviews

"Narrator Simon Jones expertly takes on the world of Quill, in which teenagers are classified as "Wanted" or "Unwanted" and expected to refrain from showing any emotion or creativity. Jones's deliberate pacing builds tension as twin brothers Alex (Unwanted) and Aaron (Wanted) await the yearly "elimination" of the Unwanteds. Jones's characterizations--from the scared, conflicted Alex and the cold, confident Aaron to the various members of this secret magical world--are a big part of the mesmerizing effect of this story. His skilled storytelling ability makes each twist and turn compelling as the brothers find themselves in a battle--in which they must fight each other. E.A.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"