Island of Silence (Unwanteds, #2)
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Second book in the phenomenal middle grade dystopian fantasy series, Unwanteds by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

THE UNWANTEDS Book Two: Island of Silence (from the book jacket)

The battle is over. The magical barrier between the dreary land of Quill and the fantastical world of Artimé is gone. Now residents of both places are free to mingle, but tensions are...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Aladdin
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Brittany
I don't think this one needs a sequel but I'm excited anyway.
Bunny
Dec 28, 2012 Bunny added it Recommends it for: children ages 12 and up
Finished this up last night and omg this was so good!
The "island of silence" scares the crap out of me! Parts of this one had me sitting up in bed all sweaty palmed and gasping for air waiting for the narrator to say everyone was ok!
I'm still waiting. :(
lol.

Such a great story! Can NOT wait for the next book!!!

FULL REVIEW TO COME.
~B

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Originally posted on www.bunnycates.com

My Thoughts:
I don’t know why I am having such a hard time coming up with how I want to write this rev...more
Joanne
I loved this book, maybe even more than the first in the series. In this action-packed second installment of THE UNWANTEDS series, we see more of the fantastical worlds of Quill and Artime and how their inhabitants deal with each other in the aftermath of the skirmish between them. I loved reading about the two brothers, Alex and Aaron and how they each navigate through their respective worlds. Alex's self-doubt and Aaron's false bravado are both well drawn and provide another layer of the dicho...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
What a fabulous sequel! Island of Silence picks up right where The Unwanteds left off and dives right into a plot line full of action, betrayal, chaos, and suspense. I swear Lisa McMann's writing gets better and better with each book. Every time I read her newest release it becomes my favorite Lisa book because of that. This time around I really liked how she not only told the story, but how she allowed me to understand the motives that drove the two brothers to make the choices they did.

It was...more
Michelle Hoeglund-allison
Dec 06, 2012 Michelle Hoeglund-allison rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Middle School Boys. But also anyone who likes adventure/creativity


Rather than give a summary of the book, my review focuses on the appropriateness, and enjoyment for a Middle Grader (who the audience is intended to be).

EXCELLENT choice for middle graders. Especially BOYS. My son is an avid and advanced reader so sometimes finding exciting age appropriate books for him is difficult. However, as I mentioned in my review of #1, Unwanteds, I'm enjoying this series as much as he is.

My 7th grader and I both read this 2nd installment of the Unwanteds series as quic...more
Carina Olsen
This is the third Middle Grade book I have read in three days. All have been amazing. Island of Silence infected me the most, though, I think. I'm still kind of shaking. It was awful. And perfect. So full of terrible things. And I need to know what happens next. Such a cliffhanger. But I don't hate it. I think. I just need the third book right away, please. Anyway. I loved Island of Silence. Didn't happen much for the first 200 pages, so was a bit disappointed, but then so much happened and I co...more
Rebecca
Super fun book. One of the better "middle" books in a trilogy. Loved the twists and turns the book takes and the magic is fun.

Recap of book:
(view spoiler)...more
Adam Silvera
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SHELF AWARENESS

In this action-packed sequel to The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann turns the tables on the once privileged Wanteds in favor of the Unwanteds.

Months following the deadly battle fought in the first book, the mage Mr. Today removes the gate that once separated Quill, a regulated land, from Artimé, home of creative innovators. This allows Quill's Wanteds and Necessaries a new way of life in a once-hidden world of choices, bright colors and wandering creatures. In Arti...more
M Williamson
After the fall of the High Priest of Quill and the gates of the magical land of Artime, nothing is the same! For twins Alex and Aaron Stowe, their respective lives are either up or down. Alex recovered from his injuries during the battle in The Unwanteds and has been offered the chance of a lifetime. He must figure out if he wants to be the proverbial Charlie Bucket and take over the chocolate factory. Mr. Today, the wise Mage and leader of Artime knows he is not getting younger and sees a prede...more
Starr Griggs
A digital galley of this title was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest review.
How could you do this to me Ms. McMann??!!!How could you weave sucha magical and wonderful story, force me on a stomach-clenching emotional rollercoaster and then just leave me hanging? That is cruel, cruel punishment and extremely unfair! The Unwanteds was a nice read with a pretty satisfying ending; the story was complete on its own but left you wanting more. I was even curious about what was going to happe...more
papasteve
We often don't know what we're made of until we face some crisis or our backs are pushed against the wall. We can fantasize all we want about what we think we will do in this circumstance or that. But we never know. The reality, when it happens, and our reaction to it, can be worse than the fantasy. Or better. Also, in a crisis, the temptation is to think about all we've lost, or are in the process of losing. It takes some time to begin to make the shift of concentrating on what we don't have to...more
Micah Chaos
While I enjoyed Book 1 a lot and rated it 4.5, Book 2 simultaneously excited me while also sort of making meh at places

Pros:
1. This book allows us to get a better glimpse at Aaron, who is the best character simply because he is incredibly flawed and walks a thin line between evil and not so evil. Alex is just not that interesting to me as a character and in this book he becomes even more insufferable and I loved that we get to see more into the mindset of Aaron because he is such a compelling c...more
Mckay Knell
Mar 17, 2014 Mckay Knell is currently reading it
The Unwanted's book #2
This book is a wonderful book written by Lisa McMann. It is the second book in the series and it is a great addition to it.

At the beginning of the book it talks about how Mr. Today is trying to get Alex to take charge of Artime while he takes a little vacation to his home island. Alex is trying to deny it because he doesn't feel like he can do it on his own then he agrees to it if he had someone taking charge with him like Mr. Today's daughter

The problem begins where Alex's...more
Laurel
THERE IS MORE?!
THERE IS MORE!

I THOUGHT THAT WAS A PEGASUS BUT IT'S MY BABY, SIMBER. Simber, my darling, I'm coming! Just wait a little longer! D:
Oh my god that cover makes me want to cry from its beauty.


I AM READY FOR THIS BADASSERY.
Michelle O'Leary
My son and I finished this book in two days, gobbling up the story like it was some sort of rare treat. Even more full of action, intrigue, and suspense than the first book, Island of Silence was a fantastic second installment in what is promising to be a truly excellent series. We loved the main hero, Alex, even more in this book, and we said harsh things about his twin brother, Aaron, a young Hitler-type opposing his brother and all good things. I particularly enjoyed how Aaron isn't just evil...more
Lauren
The sequel to The Unwanteds is just as adventurous and action-packed as its predecessor! Harry Potter fans will love this new series with a "Hunger Games" twist - I know I do!
Jadon Mangrum
I loved this book I could not put it down some parts I loved and some parts I wanted to cry and scream I felt like I was Alex and was filling all his pain.
Ruth
Aug 25, 2012 Ruth marked it as to-read
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I sound like a snake.

Charlyn  Trussell
It's difficult to compare books when I read the first book in this series so long ago, but I think I liked this one even more. Life in Quill and Artimé has more or less settled now that the barrier between the two areas is down. But peace is only transitory before everything falls apart. And the conflict centers on the differences between twin brothers Alex and Aaron Stowe. In Artimé, Mr. Today wishes to empower Alex, but he is reluctant and doubtful of his abilities; in Quill, Aaron is removed...more
Nicola Mansfield
Loved, loved, loved this book. Even better than the first one, which is rare for a series book. I found the first book to drag in places but this one had me glued to the pages from start to finish. First, though, I have to say I hate the blurb on the front cover claiming "The Hunger Games Meets Harry Potter" (Kirkus Reviews). This book is nothing like either of them. Oh, it's dystopia and has magic but the similarities end there. Lisa McMann has proven herself over and over again that she stands...more
Ms. Yingling
Now that the gates are open to Artime, many of the Necessaries flock there, leaving the Wanteds without their labor force. Alex is being groomed to be the successor to Mr. Today, but Aaron has fallen from grace. He starts to collect a group of Wanteds who are hungry and want things to go back the way they were under Justine. They are unhappy that High Priest Haluki is engaged in peace talks-- they don't want peace, they want food! A boy and girl wash up on the shore, and Alex and his friends det...more
Tiffany
See my full review here: http://misstiffreads.blogspot.com/201...

2.5, just can't go 3

Now that Artime has been exposed to Quill and the Necessaries of Quill see how poorly they are being treated, Quill is a shell of it's former self and Artime is bustling with activity. But for twins Alex and Aaron, life continues to be complicated. Aaron, on the Quill side, has lost his position in the High Priests Palace and has even been sent out of university. Alex, on the Artime side continues to grow as a m...more
Jasmine Rose
The first half of Island of Silence lacked a bit of the magic and mystery The Unwanteds had, but it was also necessary. Artime had to put itself back together after the fight and try to work the Necessaries that joined into the daily Artimean life. I actually really appreciate that McMann didn't immediately introduce some new mystery or problem. While, it wasn't quite as edge-of-your-seat as The Unwanteds, it was nice to have a little normalcy worked in before things got crazy again. Admittedly,...more
Holly
This book begins with the lands of Quill and Artime open to each other, the wall taken away, after Quill attacked and Artime prevailed. Quillens and Artimeans are able to go back and forth, visiting loved ones sent away and thought to be "eliminated." Unfortunately, this does nothing to lessen the tensions between them. Aaron, Alex's twin brother, is still plotting to defeat the creative nation and its good citizens. Strange, silent people come ashore on a makshift raft, and Mr. Today is groomin...more
Emma
This book was not as good as its successor. Everything seemed to be too good to be true in the beginning: nice teachers, some slight quarrels with Quill, nothing compared to the war of a year previously, general happiness among friends, and families being reunited. And then everything goes wrong. And I mean everything.
SPOILER:
Mr. Today dies, Artime is reduced to a block of asphalt and a pathetic shack, Meghan is sick, many Artimeans are dead, or going to Quill, Quill is prevailing with Aaron, Al...more
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

I really loved THE UNWANTEDS when I read it last year - it's a great mix of dystopian and fantasy in a spot-on voice that Lisa McMann wrote with for her first jump from young adult (which are also great) to middle grades books. It is also highly engaging and makes a great book talk opportunity to hook middle schoolers with the premise of kids being "sent off to their deaths" for being creative in any way. Knowing all of that, I was eagerly...more
Mark
**spoiler alert In the second volume of this incredible dystopian young adult series, we find the story picking up right after the battle of good vs. evil has raged. Airtime has defeated the Quillens and the two tribes are struggling through an unsteady truce. Since the Quillens placed these Unwanteds in Airtime thinking they were condemning them to death, it takes a little adjustment to realize that not only are they alive but are great at magic spells, and just defeated them in battle.
Airtime...more
Karissa
This is the second book in the Unwanted series by McMann. The third book in the series will be titled Island of Fire and is scheduled for a September 2013 release. This was an excellent book in this series, but I didn’t like it quite as much as the first book in this series.

Alex, Lani, Samheed, and Megan are recovering from the epic battle against Quill that happened at the end of book one. With High Priest Justine overthrown tensions are building between Quill and Artime. Marcus Today and High...more
Jessica
A hundred pages into Island of Silence, I was doubting why I had started reading this book in the first place. After all, I had meh feelings about the first book, The Unwanteds (the short of it: I enjoyed it, but it doesn't measure up to the other middle-grade/YA fantasy that was published in 2011), so why pick up the sequel? I was not impressed with the writing at all. It's like Lisa McMann used every writing cliche possible, right down to the evil twin. But it did address some of the issues th...more
Kim McGee
The kids from Artime are regrouping after the horrible battle that opened the doors between Quill with the Necessaries and Artime with the Unwanteds. Many families have been reunited and it looks like peace may rule between the two lands- not... Alex is still trying to find his way and frankly is a bit wimpy about taking over for Mr. Monday and taking on more of a leadership role. His friends are still trying to figure out what their new roles are and of course Alex's evil twin, Aaron, is still...more
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Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS. (Book 2, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SILENCE, comes out Sept 4, 2012).

You can find more info at Lisa'a website, lisamcmann.com, interact with her on Facebook or Twitter, or ask questions and find answer...more
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“I want to tell you a story, Alex."
Alex nibbled on his bottom lip, waiting. Wondering now if Mr. Today really understood that Alex was turning him down.
"Simber." The old mage said.
Alex automatically turned to the door, expecting to see the beast.
Mr. Today shook his head. "No, he's not hear. Simber was my first creation. Before there was Artime, there was Simber.”
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