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Island of Silence (Unwanteds #2)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  6,187 Ratings  ·  490 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
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Zoe I think it gets a 5 star. If it was possible I would give the whole series a 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 star!

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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.

Feb 22, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it
I didn't think this the first one needed 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!!!


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I don’t know why I am having such a hard time coming up with how I want to write this rev
Michelle Hoeglund-allison
Dec 06, 2012 Michelle Hoeglund-allison rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2016 Travis rated it really liked it
Now this book was just as good as the first one when it began but then took a step in the right direction to be a little better with those last 100 pages or so. I had a few minor issues with this book though. One being the characters being only 13 and 14ish really disturbed me and that is saying a lot coming from a 25 year old. The second being why title the book Island of Silence if we literally only spend and talk about it for like 50 pages out of a 400 page book. In all I am having a lot of ...more
Oct 20, 2016 Jiun rated it it was amazing
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Carina Olsen
Oct 07, 2012 Carina Olsen rated it it was amazing
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 ...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
Oct 16, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 03, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
Oh man cliff hanger!! Thank goodness I have the 3rd book waiting for me already ...
Aug 25, 2012 Ruth marked it as to-read

Dr.Hamington The Third
Oct 20, 2016 Dr.Hamington The Third rated it it was amazing
Don't read this is a spoiler!!! This book is really good if your looking for action pact scenes and really good twists. Alex has lost his friends Samheed and Lani and Meghan on an island far away from Artime. Alex was able to get Meghan back. When Alex tries to use magic it doesn't work only because Mr.Today died from a spell Alex created and gave to Eva Fathom, and Eva Fathom gave them to Aaron (Alex's twin brother) who used the "Heart Attack" attack spell ( the spell Alex made) to kill Marcus ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Starr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
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
Sep 26, 2016 Amaan rated it really liked it
Unwanteds, the island of silence is by Lisa McMann.
It is a book about a magical land that has become under attack by another land named Quill. The magical land's leader has fallen and his successor is a teenager boy who has to take a great responsibility.

I loved this book because I liked the content because it was a story based off of adventure and mystery. The author did a great job putting the story together because I couldn't stop reading! The characters are very unique and they all have
M Williamson
Sep 11, 2012 M Williamson rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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:
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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
Jul 12, 2013 papasteve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aaron C
May 12, 2015 Aaron C rated it really liked it
I thought that Island of Silence was okay but not as good as the previous book in the series. Most of the book was good but some parts were lacking. For example, I think the death of one of the main characters was surprising and wasn't very well explained. After this death, the entire world that he had built collapsed and everything he had created died. Also, when two children with weird features show up, they are talked about and then mostly left out for the remainder of the book. I'm not sure ...more
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
Jul 02, 2013 Akoss rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-mg
Hello twisty plot of the twistiest kind!!!
(Ok, I know I have to stop making up words to review books, but I couldn't help myself)
Book one left me lukewarm at best but this one... oh boy! oh boy! did more than make up for that.
Alex finally grew some back bone instead of his usual flailing and Aaron reached a deeper level of evil. Meanwhile, quite a handful of the secondary characters had their own plates full of dilemmas: anger, disappointment, distrust and so much more.
Despite the fact that I ri
Kyle Miller
Oct 08, 2015 Kyle Miller rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2012 Bookworm007 rated it really liked it
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The next book had BETTER watch out and COME OUT SOON before this reader dies from waiting.
Emily W.
Nov 03, 2015 Emily W. rated it liked it
I think this is the depressing book where everything goes wrong. To me, it doesn't follow the format of the first book, but maybe she is just looking to go in a different direction. I am reading the third book in hopes that things will get better.
Grace Ba.
Nov 21, 2014 Grace Ba. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I would recommend it to anyone who is in 5th to 7th grade. I really like the short chapters some how and I really like the details.
Jadon Mangrum
Nov 14, 2013 Jadon Mangrum rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 18, 2015 Tristan rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 18, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
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!
Leen Abdul razzak
May 02, 2015 Leen Abdul razzak rated it it was amazing
Rachel Ballard
Jan 09, 2016 Rachel Ballard rated it really liked it
Such a great young adult series. Fun to read with your kids.
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Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling THE UNWANTEDS series (the new UNWANTEDS QUESTS series begins Feb 7, 2017) and the YA paranormal WAKE trilogy. Other books include the VISIONS trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, INFINITY RING: The Trap Door, and the GOING WILD trilogy (book 2 coming autumn 2017).

You can find more info at Lisa'a website, lisamc
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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)
  • Island of Dragons (Unwanteds, #7)

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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.”
“I am alrrready herrre forrr you, Alex. Wheneverrr you need me, as long as you need me. And even longerrr,” he said. “It is my duty. But it’s also my pleasurrre.” 1 likes
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