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The Unwanteds By Lisa McMann SimonJones,

  • Title: The Unwanteds
  • Author: Lisa McMann SimonJones
  • ISBN: 9781442344884
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Audiobook
  • The New York Times bestselling 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 thirteen year olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted Wanteds get schooling and train to join the Quillitary Necessaries keep the farms runThe New York Times bestselling 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 thirteen year olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted Wanteds get 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 Artim 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 Artim that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
    The Unwanteds The New York Times bestselling 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 Ea

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    1. Has anyone else seen that recent episode of The Simpsons in which Lisa wants to be a writer, and Bart and Homer come up with a scheme to group write a YA novel by throwing in every element that all YA novels seem to have these days That s what The Unwanteds felt like to me It had a dystopian future, some magic, a kindly all knowing mentor Dumbledore esque , not just one but two sets of twins each complete with one good twin and one evil twin , a war between good and evil, even a hint of a love s [...]

    2. Without knowledge that life can be different, there can be no desire to change it In the land of Quill, all thirteen year olds are sent to the annual Purge where they will be divided into Wanted and Unwanted For twin brothers Alex and Aaron, this day is especially daunting as they are both now thirteen and reluctant to separate Or at least Alex is and would like to believe his brother reciprocates this sentiment.On the day of the Purge Alex is unsurprisingly categorized as Unwanted and his brot [...]

    3. The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter Someone tell me how and I ll reconsider my being against thatI love fantasy I love someone telling me in a book that there is a giant tiger wolf bird guarding a castle and there are no questions asked I love it because as illogical and unlikely it would seem, no one gives a crap because, how cool would it be You re too busy dreaming about this massive creature, interpreting what animal is visible in the combination, to think, What the Those don t exist GOLD S [...]

    4. I bought The Unwanteds last year after having loved Lisa McMann s other books, Cryer s Cross and Dead To You The cover was beautiful, the synopsis was interesting and there were even critics raving on how the book was like Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games I figured that with all those credentials, The Unwanteds ought to be a pretty awesome read, but it seems I was horribly, dreadfully wrong.NarrationThe omniscient and omnipresent third person narration is awful That kind of narration has to b [...]

    5. Picked this up for my tween grad school project because I am asked for this series all the time at my job at the library But this turned out like The Lightning Thief for me and meh.This is just one of those books that ain t for me I gave it until 200 pages in and I m DNFing with no rating because I just don t care.Full review below In the land of Quill there is a ceremony when its children turn thirteen they are placed as Wanted, Necessary and Unwanted The Wanteds go on to higher level, importan [...]

    6. Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers thebooksmugglers 2011 08 jREVIEWFirst Impressions Thea When I first laid eyes on The Unwanteds and read the novel s intriguing summary, I was hooked and knew it was one of my MUST GET OR DIE titles at BEA this year As a long time lover of both dystopias and fantasy, the blend of these two seemingly incongruous components always wins me over I m a little chagrined to say, however, that while The Unwanteds is an undeniably fun book featuring some wonderful [...]

    7. May I just say how clever the premise for this book is Everyone with a single ounce of creativity is Unwanted and executed, and everyone who s athletic or intelligent stay and are deemed Wanted That is single handedly the most clever premise I ve read in a long time That s true fantasy, a whole world spawned from just a single question McMann doesn t fall flat of what I expected from this wonderful idea In fact, I didn t even know what this was going to be about until I read the Introduction I w [...]

    8. On the cover of this book, it says the Hunger Games meets Harry Potter OK, the plot is a bit like that In fact, the base plot in this book has potential Unfortunately,the author never ever meets that potential.The writing is bland, the characters are flat There is no emotional engagement with the characters as such there is no suspense because ultimately, who cares what happens to any of them Not to mention that there is a complete and utter lack of world building Sorry, but my verdict somewhere [...]

    9. I m between three or four stars on this one As I m not really the intended audience, it could be a four, but for me, it just didn t quite make the cut.I liked McMann s world building She creates both places here with imagery that brings them to life The characters are a bit difficult for me I didn t feel any real connection to any of them, wasn t moved by their stories I think for me to really enjoy this I needed to care and I found lots of their behavior a little bit irritating Alex does many [...]

    10. Love this series There was a hint of wind coming over the top of the stone walls and through the barbed wire sky on the day Alexander Stowe was to be Purged First sentence Fear and a suspicion of strangers is, I m afraid, a characteristic of many humans Mr Today Fighting against Quill s bigotry, which says brains and brawn are better, or important, than creativity Mr Today Survival depended on shrewdness and good judgment as well as skill AlexThis is a stupendous fantasy, dystopian story that y [...]

    11. I kind of snuck this one in under the radar I read it, but never put it up in my status box I didn t mean to, I just never got around to updating my status box before I finished it Anyway, enough about my laziness.Unwanteds is a YA fantasy scifi novel set partially in a 3 years from now future dystopia The main cast of characters are four 13 year olds, and out of them, the main character is a boy named Alex They grew up in Quill, a nation that values pure intelligence and physical strength, and [...]

    12. I m just really not interested in finishing this book not because there s something heinously wrong or that the writing is crappy but it s because I m just not vested in the characters, the plot, or even the world building.The characters of this book are pretty much indistinguishable from one another or are very flat and shallow without much meaningful depth in their so called flaws The whole themes of creativity versus academic and so on seems heavy handed and almost didactic The whole brainwas [...]

    13. just finished reading this as a read aloud to my 4th graders, and they absolutely LOVED it I was keeping my fingers crossed for this one When I first heard Lisa McMann was writing MG, I couldn t be excited, and the premise was exactly what I d been looking for in a read aloud for my 4th graders I picked up the book yesterday at Barnes and Noble, and was surprised at the length, since her YA books are usually much shorter I plowed through this book just like I have with all her others, but this [...]

    14. This was a good book It has combined elements of dystopian and fantasy mixed into it to create a very fun and light read I did find the story to be a just a little to predictable but nonetheless I had a fun time reading it and am ready to continue on with the series

    15. This book is great I thought this book would have a lot of action but it does not It has a lot of questions that will make you question This book is about this 4 kids name Alex, Samheed, Lani, and Meghan who are unwanteds Which means that they will have to go to the Death Farm What they didn t know about death farm is that it is a magical place This is when it is all gets confusing and you start to question The end will surprise you So if you like getting surprised then this book is for you.

    16. AAHHH OH MY GOD I LOVED IT I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK AND YES, I AM GOING TO CONTINUE WRITING THIS REVIEW LIKE A CRAZED FANPERSONTHING Actually, I m not I read this book because it was on the list for the middle grade Oregon Battle Of the Books OBOB, pronounced oh bob as declared by Howard Street Charter School OBOB team Amber Pugsterminds If you have questions about that, just ask.And I loved it I have to admit that I really did LOVE IT Lisa McMann wrote the story in such a way that i [...]

    17. The Unwanteds is an amazing book where I was on the edge of my chair for the turn of every page I enjoyed the fact that there was never a dull moment, and it was so hard to put down The characters were amazing and very well built I will remember every memorable saying from, Quill prevails when the strong survive To some of the deadly spells like, Die one thousand deaths I would recommend this book for people who like action, adventure, and far away magical lands with winged cheetahs I also loved [...]

    18. I very much enjoyed this book I am not an huge fan of dystopia but I found this book engaging and entertaining I have to say I am curious to see what will happen in the next book which I hope to check out from the library soon because it seemed to wrap up nicely I enjoyed this book.

    19. I think what really ruins this book for me is my age If you want to enjoy The Unwanteds, you d have to look at it from a middle grade perspective And so if you can enjoy reading something without overly analyzing things, if you re not an inherent skeptic, if you can momentarily disregard things like logic and human nature and politics and other such worldly antics, then I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.The Unwanteds is the story of a group of people, known to their secluded nation home b [...]

    20. This book was my first EVER middle grade book Yes yes I AM that girl who has never read Harry Potter While I watched all the movies I just never had a real desire to read the books, but I ll tell this book just grabbed me From the title, to the synopsis, to the coverI just needed to see what was behind the cover And what I found was amazing This book takes you the into a sad, gray, bleak world or Quill From the first pages you can t help but feel sorry for these people For these kids who get pun [...]

    21. In order to truly rate this book, you need to separate yourself and put yourself into the shoes of the target audience An adult looking at this novel will probably think it is just a Harry Potter knock off with a bit of Hunger Games thrown in And in many ways that is true, but it is much than that I see the Unwanteds as a a stepping stone for children readers into complex worlds and other genres It has a dystopian theme that isn t found in Harry Potter, but it has a flow to it that makes it a [...]

    22. Totally failure of a review but here we go I read the book like 4 months ago so the review may be forgetting things A couple of my friends told me I had to read this series and I was very reluctant about it I decided to leave it on my TBR list for the time being When Christmas came around one of the friends who reccomended the Unwanteds series for me bought the first three books and gave them to me for Christmas I have to admit, they were lying on my bookshelf for a couple of months before I dec [...]

    23. I gave this a try because I wanted to see what McMann could do with an MG and a fantasy lite one at that, after the mess of her Wake and its sequels Which showed promise A bit This was for me an extremely juvenile book And I do not use that term in a pejorative sense Only that I think it will appeal mainly only to MG readers I tried and was put off by the tarty, treacly magical world the kids get shipped off to and the fact that everyone they left behind so willingly accepts a system that suppos [...]

    24. AMAZING Perfect mix of being an outcast who can do nothing, to defending a magical place in which all outcasts live I love the magic in it And by far my favorite character is Lani.

    25. This book was very good The creativity was amazing Artim sounds like a super fun place to live especially compared to Quill The book has lots of action, creativity, a tiny bit of romance, etc The other books in this series look sortove dark so I don t think I will read them, but this one was great

    26. I recently re read the Percy Jackson series it is one of my absolute favorite series no matter how old I get and I was looking at similar series and I found this one I actually really liked this book I loved the whole twin thing, it was so unexpected to me but refreshing I think what I liked most about this book was that it wasn t exactly like the PJO series or other popular series they have a wide range of similarities It introduced a few new perspectives that kept me reading Alex Stowe is a gr [...]

    27. Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadTooThe setting is the future in a place called Quill Life there is not easy, especially if it is decided that you are an Unwanted At the age of thirteen, it is determined that each citizen is in one of the following groups Wanteds, Necessaries, or Unwanteds The Wanteds are a privileged group given the opportunity for higher education and positions of power in society The Necessaries are just that they provide the necessary services required [...]

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