The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds Series, Book 1

eBook - 2011
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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...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781442407701

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AStevenA
Oct 18, 2019

On the front cover of this book the review says, "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter." Fortunately, it's not a good description. This book is a fantasy, so it has magic, but it's not like Harry Potter. So even if you don't like Harry Potter, this book is fine. If you do like Harry Potter, I recommend this book anyway.

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GreenNinjaGirl
Aug 31, 2019

I own this entire series and I've been rereading it!! It's taken me 4 days but it's worth it!!! 12+ In Quill creative die and intelligent strive. After all their motto is "Quill Prevails When the Strong Survive" Their culture is separated into 3 levels Wanteds get all the luxury and education they could ask for and successful jobs for the future. Necessaries spend their lives producing and caring for the Wanteds. And Unwanteds, the creative, die. Thrown into a lake of boiling oil. Alex Stowe is Unwanted he's known that since he was 10 so when he's 13 he'll be sent to his death. But his identical twin Aaron is a Wanted and lives as one of the most successful Wanted's of his generation. But when Alex doesn't die and a kindly mage named Mr.Today saves him and shows him the truth behind Quill and the power creativity has Alex wishes Aaron could share the good fortune. But Aaron can't know Alex and the other thousands of Unwanteds are alive and hiding in a secret land called Artime practicing magic! Otherwise it could start a war between the 2 countries! But Alex isn't sure he can resist, and he's not sure to what lengths Mr.Today will go to to keep everyone he loves out of harm. This 7 book series follows the adventures of these 2 boys and their lives in a backwards culture.

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AJGrant129
Jan 15, 2019

This book was great, I liked it better than Harry Potter actually! You will not be able to put this book down, it has some really good morals and encourages creativity. I liked how the kids got to make their own spell components, it made me want to be an Unwanted!

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hermione934
Dec 27, 2018

This was a little hard to get in to at first, but once I got in to it I didn't want to put it down!

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FishcakeUdon
Sep 22, 2018

Really good I got glued to it on the first chapter! Ship lex

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Emilyandalex
Sep 02, 2018

I absolutely loved this book and it is one of my favourites. I would definitely recommend this book to others. At first I did not like the look of the book because it was not what I typically read, but once I started it I was hooked, and I could not stop reading.

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joe_aug
Jun 04, 2018

great book but kinda slow

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.

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egailo2
Mar 08, 2018

really nice book

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Ben_JAM_In
Jan 12, 2018

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

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ryancai
Oct 12, 2019

and yet the stupidity of intelligence

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ryancai
Oct 12, 2019

And yet the world remains

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PianoGuy159627
Feb 01, 2017

Artimé

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biz101
Jul 01, 2016

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

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yellow_whale_97
Jun 28, 2016

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

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samheschl
Jun 28, 2015

Time holds hope for many impossible things.

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biz101
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.

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Green_Dog_886
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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brown_bear_1383
Nov 09, 2016

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

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