The Unwanteds : The Unwanteds

  • by Lisa McMann
  • Narrated by Simon Jones
  • Series: The Unwanteds
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Jim "The Impatient"

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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- Laurie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio