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Island of Fire (Unwanteds #3)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  1,890 ratings  ·  149 reviews
The fate of Artimé is at stake - and an unlikely alliance could redeem it - in book three in the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series.

The magical world of Artimé is gone. The Unwanteds have no food, no water, and no hope. And everyone is looking to Alex Stowe for answers. Overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless, Alex knows it's up to him to find a way to restore Ar
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Aladdin
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Andrew Marr
I have enjoyed this series quite a lot. The twin boys who both have to cope with leadership roles are quite absorbing characters, especially Alex, the good twin. (Yes, the archetype of morally opposite identical twins [read mimetic rivalry--mirror images] is a major engine of the plot. Aaron might be more interesting in the future volumes as reality crashes in more and more in on his egoistic fantasies. The other enemies are bizarre & challenging, enough to make one wonder what horrible peop ...more
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Wow! Again! When book 2 of the Unwanteds ended in a breathtakingly alarming manner, I eagerly awaited book 3. Now with the end of book 3, I start my wait anew.

Book 2 ended with Mr. Today dead, Artime in ruins and Lani and Samheed prisoner on Warbler Island. Alex Stowe, the newly minted head mage, was tasked with restoring Artime and saving his friends. With no magic at his disposal, it seemed all was lost.

Told with excitement and emotion, this third installment takes th
Carina Olsen
Island of Fire is very much worth the wait. You have no idea how happy I was to be able to read it early via Edelweiss. But oh. The wait for book four will be torture. Truly. Because this ends in a big cliffhanger, to be honest. And it is kind of awful. But it also makes me so so excited for the fourth book :) This middle grade series is amazing. Really, truly amazing. I have loved all three books. And the covers. Aren't they just perfect?

I don't know how to write this five star review. Will try
This is the third book in the Unwanted series by McMann. McMann has said that she has seven books planned for this series. This was a decent book in the series, the beginning was a bit slow but it picked up pace in the second half of the story. I read this with my six year old and we both enjoyed it. The following contains spoilers from book 2, so just be aware of that before reading on.

This book picks up right where The Island of Silence leaves off. Alex and crew are struggling with Mr. Today’s
Shannon Irion
Third book in a series. There is a chain of islands, of which the main one, Quill(evil land)/Artime(good land) is in the middle. Aaron is the bad guy, and his twin brother, Alex, is the good guy. Artime disappears, and Alex has to call it back. After a few days, he goes to rescue some of his friends who are slaves on a neighboring island called Warbler where almost all the people have orange eyes, thorn chokers, and can't speak.
I really liked this book because things were very exciting, what wit
Raven Lucero
OMG it's coming out on my birthday! Best present EVER!
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Abby Wrightson
"Follow the dots as the traveling sun. Magnify, focus every one. Stand enrobed where you first saw me. Utter in order, repeat times three." (page 2 of Island of Fire) 'The Island of Fire' by Lisa Mcmann continues the truly amazing story of Alex Stowe and the other Unwanteds in Artime. Well, except for Samheed and Lani, who have been missing for a long time and are oblivious to the fact that their world has changed in way that are unimaginable. Alex has been staring and staring at the note Mr. To ...more
I absolutely love this series. Lisa McMann really knows how to capture a reader and bring them into this dystopian yet magical world. My middle school students can't put the books down. I was waiting on pins and needles for this third book and read it in two evenings. The eloquent writing makes it impossible to put down. The cliffhanger at the end has left me anticipating book four and almost wishing McMann wasn't such a good writer--who wants to have to wait for more???
Erin Pauley
Continued well from the second book but I wasn't aware there would be a fourth book and now I am feeling disappointed that I have to wait for it! Alex has become a great leader and finally Aaron is getting a taste of what he deserves which is GREAT! Loved Islands of Fire but now I just have to wait for Islands of Legend, UGH.
Love the Unwanted books but book 3 is left at a critical moment so there will obviously be a book 4 but it hasn't been written yet. I prefer to read a series after the entire series is out so I wish I would have know and waited to read this series. There were so many open ends that the author is planning several more books in this series.

Also, while I like the story, I do have had a hard time with how mature the main character is. I don't think any 15 yr old boy would think that maturely about
Loved it. These books have such a seamless transition from one book to the next. It leaves you anxious for the next book but starts right where the last one leaves off. I like that. I hate feeling like I missed something. There is a tiny love triangle going in this one and I like that its different from what I normally see in the genre. It's not about two guys loving one seemingly perfect girl but one flawed (but still pretty cool) boy who is trying to sort out his feelings for, and discovering ...more
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Jan 05, 2013 Laurel marked it as to-read
Nicola Mansfield
I'm really enjoying this dystopian series that brings magic to the table making it more of a fantasy than science fiction. Most of McMann's books are firmly aimed at teens, but The Unwanteds is her foray into upper elementary and she writes just as well for this age group. The plot is quite intricate and I can't say much without giving away plot points from this story or the previous books, however this one picks up exactly where the last one finished off and it is essential to read the books in ...more
Sally Honeycutt
Fans of Lisa McMann's Unwanteds series will certainly be delighted by this book. (And parents of younger children will appreciate that it isn't nearly so dark as the second one in the series.) Our heroes are back with more artistic magic, to restore and save the world of Artimé. The story moves back and forth between Artimé, Quill, and the island of silence introduced in book 2. We are also introduced to a third island (the titular Island of Fire), and it appears that we will revisit that island ...more
I am all over the map with this series. I did not much care for the first installment, but a volunteer at the library told me I had to read the second, and so I did. Lo and behold, I found it an improvement on the series opener. And while this third volume is in no way worse than the previous, it isn't better, either. One of my main issues with the series is the scope. "Edit, edit, edit!" Ms. McMann needs to decide what story she's telling and stick to it. As is, there are too many balls in the ...more
(This is a message for those who actually read this comment. Yes, it contains some spoilers. So... if you don't want to read it, you don't have to!)

Just as the cover mentions: Hunger Games meets Harry Potter. Now, I haven't actually read Hunger Games before but how could I not know the plot since I have heard what it's about and not to mention that I read the summary on Wikipedia. Yes, I did read the summary. I've learned that I don't actually have to read the book if I don't want too. Speaking
Jasmine Rose
When I started reading this one, I thought it would be the last. I'm sad I didn't get all the answers I was expecting, but in the end I'm glad McMann didn't try to rush the rest of the story to fit into a trilogy format. A series this epic deserves more than three books anyway.

I love everything about this series from the setting to the story to the characters.

The setting is unique with just the right mix of magic and mystery -- it's the type of setting that makes middle grade unique and keeps me
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TinTin Kalaw
After a long time of me delaying to read this book, I decided to finally give it a go. I wanted to re-read The Unwanteds and Island of Silence first before this but I do not have the luxury to do so because of other stuff to do. Glady, I remembered all the necessary details and info as I read the book ;)

Book 2, Island of Silence, ended with hopelessness. With Alex's friends captured, his mentor dead, and the place he calls home destroyed before his very eyes, he must be the one to stand up for h
I have read the other two books priori to this one and Unwanteds: Island of Fire is definitely by far my favorite. I loved the parts in the book where you would be on the edge of your seat waiting to find out a HUUUUGE cliffhanger. And when they actually resolve the problem, it's in a spectacular fantasy way. So in a wrap, I would highly recommend this book to readers who love fantasy. I can't wait to see what boom four has in store of the the Unwanteds series.
Camden Henson
Island of Fire was one of the best books I've ever read. There was nothing about this book I didn't like except when it ended. I would recommend this book to people who like action fantasy, suspense, and adventure. This book is about Alex Stowe on a quest to find his friends that are trapped on another island and possible his feelings. Will Alex find what he's looking for? Read the book and you shall find out. I hope this book was what you were looking for because it was exactly what I was hopi ...more
The book the Unwanteds Island of fire is about a young boy named Alex who struggles as being the head mage. Also he has to worry about saving his two friends who got caught on another island. But while this happens he starts having a crush on another girl named sky. So you will find the head mage in a lot of struggles and stress in the book because he has so much to do and unsolve in this book. In my opinion this is a fantastic book and I think it would be for the ages 10 to 15. This book is jus ...more
I completely enjoyed this book! I am loving this series I have developed a relationship with these characters as they develop them among themselves.
It has been a wild ride, things start out bad and dont seem to be getting any better, but thanks to one of the silent ones the puzzle is solved and things set back almost to normal, almost. Immediately a daring rescue mission is started to get Samheed and Lani back, that turns into a potential disaster as you find out the ship is controlling its sel
Harrison Aye
As someone who wants to write books for children, I try to read and know what’s out there. Strangely, The Unwanteds series was suggested to me by Goodreads. Skeptical that Goodreads could actually deduce my reading preferences, I picked it up. This is the third book in the series, and the first two were just as excellent as this one.

This is the best series for kids I’ve read since Harry took the train to Hogwarts. There is a wealth of interesting characters that you will fall in love with. The
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
I think this is my favorite book in the series so far. The story leaves readers with so many clues leading to the next story…which is not published yet! This is such an imaginative series…really great for young readers. I'm glad my 10 yr old told me to read it. He's really anxious for the next book.
Ernest Bellingan
This is the 3rd book in this series & it was fantastic. It was exciting filled with action & adventure. I can see this series getting better as the books continue. Im loving the progression & growth of the characters as well seeing them grow up & slowly becoming adults. i still love finding this creatively imaginative series. Cant wait for the next one
Cassandra Priebe
this book is fantastic. but i wouldent want to read it again. its one of thoes read-it-once kinda books. but the ending is fantastic! SPOILER!!

i love how the ending brings war and death. personaly i lover the series and think there should be more than 3 books!
In the book "Island of Fire" by Lisa McMann starts out with the sad realization of the death of Mr. Today and Artime the magical world that has saved all of these kids is gone. Alex is the only child that can save this world and hopefully keep everyone alive. Alex's friends are injured and lost and Mr. Today left one confusing clue. If Alex wants to help his friends and get Artime back he must do this one crazy task. Will he do it?

I loved this book and recommend it to all readers who love fantas
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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 Silence (Unwanteds, #2)
  • Island of Legends (Unwanteds, #4)
  • Island of Shipwrecks (Unwanteds #5)
  • Island of Graves (Unwanteds, #6)
  • Untitled (Unwanteds, #7)
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