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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling 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 13-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the army. 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 Artime. 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 Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
©2011 LIsa McMann (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-24-16


This book is full of action and things to think about. It can be enjoyed by adults as well as kids. It has several twists and turns that neither young or old will see coming. Furthermore most people are not totally evil or totally good. Grey characters make for a more true to life story, even though it is a fantasy. Some bad people can change to good. There are some great lessons for all to learn. The lessons are shown, not told. This book is preach free.

Narrator is very good and I will continue the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 10-03-11

A pleasant surprise...

The characters were well thought out, and the dialogue engaging. The main theme of the story certainly was serious, but the book didn't have any graphic content that I wouldn't allow a 4th grader or up to hear. I was pleasantly surprised because I don't usually enjoy futuristic, fantastical stories.

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5 out of 5 stars
By emma on 12-02-13

a great listen for kids

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unwanteds to be better than the print version?

kept the kids rivited in the car, didn't hear a peep on a long motorway drive. in fact, they were desperate to get moving again to hear more! I'd call this a "page turner"

What other book might you compare The Unwanteds to, and why?

it would appeal to the Harry potter type audience, eg boy discoveres a magic world he never new existed - and turns out to be quite special!

Which character – as performed by Simon Jones – was your favourite?

the old man is definitely my favorite!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when the children are sent away and considered "unwanted", and the lack of reaction from the families

Any additional comments?

a nice story and a good read to keep the kids entertained

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