The Unwanteds (Unwanteds #1)
Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.
Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be el...more
In the land of Quill, all thirteen-year-olds are sent to the annual Purge where they will be divided into Wanted and Unwanted. For twin brothers Alex and Aaron, this day is especially daunting as they are both now thirteen and reluctant to separate. Or at least Alex is and would like to believe his brother reciprocates this sentiment.
On the day of the Purge Alex is unsurprisingly categorized as Unwanted an...more
Someone tell me how and I’ll reconsider my being against that
I love fantasy. I love someone telling me in a book that there is a giant tiger-wolf-bird guarding a castle and there are no questions asked. I love it because as illogical and unlikely it would seem, no one gives a crap because, how cool would it be? You’re too busy dreaming about this massive creature, interpreting what animal is more visible in the combination, to think, “What the? Those don’t e...more
I liked McMann's world-building. She creates both places here with imagery that brings them to life.
The characters are a bit more difficult for me. I didn't feel any real connection to any of them, wasn't moved by their stories. I think for me to really enjoy this I needed to care more and I found lots of their behavior a little bit irritating.
Alex does many...more
The omniscient and omnipresent third person narration is awful. That kind of narration has t...more
In the land of Quill, every year 13 year-olds are sorted the strong, intelligent Wanteds who are sent to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Or so they believe. Alex Stowe is declared Unwanted and sent to the Death Farm while his identical twin brother, Aaron is declared Wanted. Once Alex gets to the Death Farm, he realizes things aren't what he believed - instead of being eliminated, he along with all the other Unwanteds are in a land called...more
The setting is the future in a place called Quill. Life there is not easy, especially if it is decided that you are an Unwanted. At the age of thirteen, it is determined that each citizen is in one of the following groups - Wanteds, Necessaries, or Unwanteds. The Wanteds are a privileged group given the opportunity for higher education and positions of power in society. The Necessaries are just that; they provide the necessary servi...more
I was keeping my fingers crossed for this one. When I first heard Lisa McMann was writing MG, I couldn't be more excited, and the premise was exactly what I'd been looking for in a read aloud for my 4th graders.
I picked up the book yesterday at Barnes and Noble, and was surprised at the length, since her YA books are usually much shorter. I plowed through this book just like I have with all her others...more
In this book, all 13 year olds get sorted as Wanteds, Necessaries, or Unwanteds. The Unwanteds get sent off...more
At first, the book felt like it would jump into a Hunger Games-esque fight for survival against an evil totalitarian government, but then the reader is transported to a Dora the Explorer "eve...more
I thought this a was an interesting book that started out a little slowly. It's j...more
It is written for the 10 yr old age group and isn't as dark as Harry Potter or hunger games but it can still carry the attention of the entire family. It worked well as a read-a-loud book.
As other comm...more
Every year in Quill they have a Purge and separate the thirteen year olds between the wanted and the unwanteds depending on their special talents and hobbies. Alex went into the Purge knowing he was going to be an unwanted and his twin brother was a wanted. The group of unwanteds were taken aw...more
In the bleak, totalitarian world of Quill thirteen year olds are deeme...more
McMann spins a wonderful web of suspense and actio...more
This was a pleasure to read and a book that every once and a while gave me little ripples of pleasure coursing through me body to read such a fine example of middle grade fantasy. I hate to use this comparison but it highly holds up to the "Harry Potter" model. Here there isn't a boarding school as such, but the children (13yos) are sent to live in a large magical building where they attend school learning magi...more
Quill prevails when the strong survive!"
So, at the age of thirteen, Alex Stowe is...more
In a small town called Quill there is a ceremony going on to decide if the 13 year olds of Quill are gifted, necessary, or unwanted. Those who are gifted get to go to special schools for the strong and smart. Those who are necessary get simple jobs like farming or baking for the normal. Those who are unwanted or artistic and talented are sentenced to immediate death by being thrown into a lake of boiling oil. This horrible fate happens every year by order of th...more
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