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The Unwanteds

– tekijä: Lisa McMann

Sarjat: The Unwanteds (1)

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In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 58) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Rating: 79% (3.75 stars) ( )
  melonah | Jan 9, 2021 |
The Unwanted series is about two twins that are very different from one another. One twin wants to rule the world and take over Quill. The other one an unwanted and his name is Alex. When you are born in quill you can not be creative or talk out. You could not speak words like that is stupid and you could be unwanted. Alex gets taken away from his brother and parent s and is sent to the Death Farm. There he finds out that quill is bad and gets rid of anybody that is creative. Alex is able to learn Magic and warrior training.

I like the book because the love have Marcus was able to save hundreds of unwanteds from quill without anybody knowing. I love how all the characters work together to stop the impossible and make a better life for themselves.
  AReimer.ELA4 | May 26, 2020 |
This book is the awkward love child of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, with a bit of City of Ember thrown in. It is so very flawed- the writing contradicts itself, the magic is entirely too easy and without any rules, it is all told and rarely shown; I could go on and on. However, the story was compelling enough that I missed my train stop going to work one day. I often find prophecy-driven stories to be a bit problematic. In this book, I like that any set of twins could have set the events of the story in motion, and it just happened to be Alex and Aaron.

I don't expect the flaws to be a problem for any upper-elementary or middle school readers, and will probably gladly hand it out. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
There are three categories of people in Quill: Wanteds (strong and important), Necessaries (they keep everyone fed and take care of maintenance), and Unwanteds (people who have shown creativity). When the day of the purge comes, Alex Stowe is upset because he has long guessed that he is going to be purged as an Unwanted. His twin brother, Aaron, is a Wanted. Alex can’t believe they will be separated. Unfortunately, all of the Unwanteds are going to be eliminated because of various things they have done wrong in their lives. Alex drew in the sand, another girl strung words together in a way that wasn’t speaking, another girl told stories, and the list goes on and on. Quill is not a place for such behavior! When the bus takes the Unwanteds to the place they will be eliminated, they are introduced to a world unlike any they have ever seen. A world in which creativity, dancing, singing, music and all of the arts are not only expected, but embraced. The amazing Mr. Today is a magician who has created Artime, a vibrant world, where just about anything is possible, unless the people of Quill ever find out about it. But who would tell? Is it possible for a world like this to live and prosper while Quill is so miserable right next door? Would it be better for Alex to have his twin right there with him? Is it possible to sever the ties between twins? What will happen if the head of Quill finds out about this world? Reading this book will make your imagination soar!

When I read The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann I didn't have any idea what to expect. I really enjoyed the world she created in Artime and think it would be fun to spend some time there. Magical spells and creativity blend some of my favorite things! I liked that the characters all seemed very real, not only did they have things I could connect to, but they also had traits that I might not of liked very much, making them seem all the more realistic. There were parts of this book that I didn't want to continue reading because I was afraid of what was going to happen. I did keep reading of course because I also needed to know what happened. There is definitely a lot of suspense! I would recommend this book to kids in fourth grade and up who like books about other worlds and fantasy adventures. This is my first book by this author but I did notice this was part of a series, and I'm definitely curious about the rest of them! ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
With all the hype this book has received, it was a big disappointment for me. I can see why kids like it. The plot is interesting. In a dystopian society, where kids are not allowed to write, draw or show any kind of creative display at all, there is a Purge Ceremony each year. Creative 13-year-olds are the Unwanteds who are sent away to die, never to be missed by their families. It's morbid in the same way the [b: The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)|Suzanne Collins|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1447303603s/2767052.jpg|2792775] is morbid. Then it switches more towards a [b: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone|3|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)|J.K. Rowling|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474154022s/3.jpg|4640799] plot where the kids don't actually die, but are transported to a magical place called Artime, that is colorful, happy and full of kids pursing artistic endeavors. Once they master their art, they learn to take it to the next step using magic.

To create the conflict in the plot, a set of twins have different outcomes. Alex is an Unwanted, who ends up in Artime. His twin, Aaron, is a Wanted who remains in Quill, eager to advance up through the government ranks. No one in Quill knows about Artime or that the Unwanteds actually go to a place that is far superior to Quill. The conflict happens when Alex tries to get his brother into Artime. The plan backfires, because Aaron wants nothing more than to follow the rules and achieve a position of power in Quill. This leads to Artime's existence being revealed to the evil High Priestess, Justine, and war breaks out. It's artillery against magic.

Here's the thing. This book could have been outstanding. It's a great idea. If Lisa McMann, who I've never been impressed with, had given this idea to [a: Suzanne Collins|153394|Suzanne Collins|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1394819770p2/153394.jpg] or [a: J.K. Rowling|1077326|J.K. Rowling|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1510435123p2/1077326.jpg] to write instead, this series could have been another blockbuster. McMann can not effectively develop characters. She doesn't provide the development that makes their actions believable. Mr. Today comes across as a weak character since he so easily allows a war to unfold. We hardly know anything about Justine and thus can't really hate her. Aaron appears wishy-washy at the end about his loyalty to Quill whereas some parents have a loyalty that will allow them to kill their own children. It's too inconsistent to me.

My star rating is low, not because kids won't like the book, but because when it is analyzed you see an author who got lucky with a great idea, but will never be able to pull it off again. The way you know an author got lucky is that the first book in the series has a lot of reviews and they drop off dramatically with each subsequent book. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
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