Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Island of Silence (Unwanteds, #2)” as Want to Read:
Island of Silence (Unwanteds, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Island of Silence (Unwanteds #2)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  2,889 ratings  ·  296 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Aladdin
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Island of Silence, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Wonder by R.J. PalacioThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenHigh in School by Salman AdityaThe Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Middle Grade Novels of 2012
20th out of 346 books — 611 voters
Pandemonium by Lauren OliverHallowed by Cynthia HandFever by Lauren DeStefanoA Million Suns by Beth RevisThe Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
2012 YA/MG Sequels
74th out of 144 books — 844 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I don't think this one needs a sequel but I'm excited anyway.
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. :(

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


Originally posted on

My Thoughts:
I don’t know why I am having such a hard time coming up with how I want to write this rev

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 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
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
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
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)
Adam Silvera

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
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
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
I liked this book in the series as much as the first book. The Unwanteds: Island of Silence in my opinion was full of action. I really, really like the series so far and I can't wait to read on!
Major cliffhanger ending
Sally Honeycutt
Fans of The Unwanteds will surely love the second book in the series, which continues the adventures of Alex, Lani, Samheed, Meghan and the rest of the residents of Artimé and Quill. The Atiméans continue to develop their magic, while the Quillians try to adapt to the many changes in their world resulting from the events of the first book. As they grow in power and wisdom, Alex and his friends take on new responsibilities for protecting Artimé. There are new spells, new worlds, and new escapades ...more
I thought that The Island of Silence was a nice book, a satisfying sequel to The Unwanteds, as it exhibited one of the things I just love about sequels: adding new ideas to the former idea of a story. What I love about good sequels is that they don't only focus on the previous idea of a story, but add a new context. In The Unwanteds, the main idea was a war between Quill and Artimé, and, if you've read the first book in this series, you know that the initial plot-idea had wrapped up at the end o ...more
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

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
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
Caroline B
The main idea Island of Silence by Lisa McMann is that it is okay to ask for help. The story takes place in Artime, where the magical boundary between them and Quill is gone, but not everything is as happy as it seems. Alex and his friends one day find a boat with a girl and a boy, but they have orange eyes and thorns sticking out of their necks. Alex's friends, Lani, Samheed, and Meghan, decide to try to find the island that the mysterious girl and boy came from, but then disappear. Not to ment ...more

Righht about when Alex set off with Simber*sniffle sniffle* to the Island of Silence I looked at how much book I had left to read and I think.... This book is too short. How the heck are the going to rescue Meghan Sam and Lani and still make it back to save Artimé and help* more sniffles* .... Maybe fifteen pages after that I literally had to drop the book and Run to the bathroom. There I splashed my face with water to wake up. This book was like reading someone else's bad
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
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.
Camden Henson
Island of Silence is a story about a boy named Alex Stowe and his friends who go on many magical adventures to islands, with creatures of different kinds, and learning there skills of all sorts. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, action fantasy, and at the end of each chapter it sparks your curiosity to read on. I'm happy to give this book a 5 star rating. I'm happy to do this because it had all the genres I like, it had a little gore,and a lot of action constantly happe ...more
I am shocked. Curious. Anxious. Afraid. Sad. Excited. Slightly pleased.
So many things happen in this second book that I am left with many feelings and some of them are conflicting. It takes us to a place in the story where nothing else can go wrong because EVERYTHING has already gone wrong. I did not see all the twists and turns and nosedives that this story took coming. Some were obvious from early on and others still have me reeling. I'm anxious to read the next book but I already know it wi
Aug 25, 2012 Ruth marked it as to-read

Well, at the first half there was the conflict between Quill and Artime. The action goes to the top when I'm almost at the half of the book but there were also intrigue and unsolved problems at the start.

(view spoiler)
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Thoughts on the book 2 12 Sep 12, 2014 11:05AM  
is it out 1 6 Mar 09, 2012 01:21PM  
  • The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1)
  • The Cloak Society (The Cloak Society, #1)
  • The End of Infinity (Jack Blank Adventure, #3)
  • The Mark of the Dragonfly
  • Winterling (Winterling, #1)
  • The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire, #2)
  • Quest for the Secret Keeper (Oracles of Delphi Keep, #3)
  • Malcolm at Midnight
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Circle of Heroes (The Familiars, #3)
  • The Invisible Tower (Otherworld Chronicles #1)
  • The End of Time (The Books of Umber, #3)
  • Air Keep (Farworld, #3)
  • The Villain Virus (NERDS, #4)
  • Joshua Dread (Joshua Dread #1)
  • The Seems: Lost Train of Thought (The Seems, #3)
  • Audition & Subtraction
Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling THE UNWANTEDS series (Book 5, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS, comes out Feb 3, 2015) and the YA paranormal WAKE trilogy. Other books include the VISIONS trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and Infinity Ring: The Trap Door.

You can find more info at Lisa'a website,, interact with her on Facebook
More about Lisa McMann...

Other Books in the Series

Unwanteds (7 books)
  • The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1)
  • Island of Fire  (Unwanteds, #3)
  • Island of Legends (Unwanteds, #4)
  • Island of Shipwrecks (Unwanteds #5)
  • Island of Graves (Unwanteds, #6)
  • Untitled (Unwanteds, #7)
Wake (Dream Catcher, #1) Fade (Dream Catcher, #2) Gone (Dream Catcher, #3) The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1) Cryer's Cross

Share This Book

“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.”
“But everything came flooding back too fast. Meghan was still unconscious, Sam and Lani were still missing, Simber was still at the bottom of the ocean, and Mr. Today” 0 likes
More quotes…