Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (August 30, 2011)
Buy the Book: Amazon
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.
A few words to describe Lisa McMann's The Unwanteds: whimsical, funny, creative, original, genius.
This is a book you can't help but enjoy. You start it and you can't really stop. To bad for me, cause I conveniently chose a very busy to start this book.
I sit here, writing this review, and can't get the word whimsical out of my head. I feel like it is one to describe The Unwanteds best. I feel like I should be using it a lot more here... For example, I could say that this book was whimsically brilliant, with whimsical characters, and the whimsicality of it was overwhelming. This is very refreshing in a book; it was a well-written dystopia but didn't have depressing themes or saddening scenes. (That rhymed; unintentional.) Yes, there were some tense parts of the book, and there were times of fear for the characters, but it had an overall happy theme that not battles, betrayals, or fiendish people could diminish. And there comes in the refreshing sense. Although good, many of the books I've read lately don't have this and I guess that's kinda what makes it refreshing.
I very much recommend this book to any fans of dystopia fantasy, or fantasy in general. It is a very good book that left me wanting a sequel. Go pick it up when it's released on August 30!