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Island of Silence (Unwanteds #2)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  4,138 ratings  ·  370 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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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 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 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
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
Aaron C
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
Aug 25, 2012 Ruth marked it as to-read

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
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
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
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
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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
Island of Silence by Lisa McMann is a wonderful book. Marcus Today, the head mage of Artime, decides to go on a vacation. However, he needs to leave someone in charge. He choses Alex Stowe, an excelling artist who has more magic than most people. Megan, Lani, and Samheed are feeling put down because they were chosen as the new leader. So, they decide to go on a little trip to Warbler Island. However, the paradise looking island is not at all what it seems. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes caused b ...more
Dasha Vartanova
Title: The Island of Silence
Author: Lisa McMann
Genre: Fantasy
Number of Pages: 406
Reviewed by Dasha Vartanova

The war is over. The border between the magical land of Artime and Quill is broken. People from each city can talk and interact, but everyone is stressed. Mr.Today is an old man that has worked at Artime for 50 years everyday, now it was getting close to his retirement time. Alex a former Unwated is shocked when Mr.Today offers him a job, witch is to replace him. Alex questions if he i
Honestly, I would give this book a 3.5. It wasn't that it was bad, I just didn't like it as much as the first book. Sure it might have something to do with the fact that I read the whole book in one day (I tend to do that every once in a while, like yesterday...). Anyway, I really liked it, but there wasn't as much action and fighting going on, though there still was. (Plus I was still confused about someone at the end, but I'll mention that in the spoilers at the end)
Alex and his friends have a
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
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
Hunter McEgan
Unwanteds #2: Island of Silence builds upon the tense relationship between Artime and Quill while also throwing a new island into the mix. This book essentially tells the story of an epic juggling act. Not only do the characters of both sides of the border struggle to find balance after Artime’s victory over Quill, but new entanglements are introduced, seemingly out of nowhere, and only add to the chaos.

Island of Silence is a little darker than the first book, but that tends to be the norm in a
The first battle in the war between Artime and Quill has been fought, but the war is far from over. High Priest Justine is dead and the gates of Artime are open for all of Quill. Necessaries flock to the magical world to escape the drudgery of their lives. Artime welcomes the newcomers and allows visits between the two worlds; however, tensions still run high with the Wanteds in power. Aaron has fallen from power, but is determined to climb back up. He starts gathering new allies and preparing t ...more
Payten L
Grade Interest level- 7th
Reading Level- 820 Lexile
Genre- Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Main Characters- Mr. Today, Alex Stowe, Aaron Stowe, Lani Haluki, Samheed Burkesh, Meghan Ranger, and Simber
Setting- Quill, Artimé
POV- 3rd

The battle between the Quillens and the Artimeans is over and Artimé has won. During the recovery back to Artimé's usual self, Mr. Today asks Alex if he would like to start learning how to be a mage. Alex ponders on this thought and eventually he says no because his confidence
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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
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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)
  • Untitled (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.”
“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
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