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
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
I could tell from the synopsis this was going to be good.
My teacher read this aloud to our class, at school, and as the plot developed, as soon as my she finished, we all cried out for more. Sometimes we got out of school late, on our own choice. We liked it that much. And believe me, my class was totally different kinds of people, but we all loved it.
The book opens with Alex (the m...more
The characters were pretty typical and mostly flat. There was nothing about them that made...more
I was really excited when I got this book, mostly because I had tried to get it during BEA but was scared off by the truly massive line leading up to LM's table. When I DID get it later, and when I read the first two chapters or so, I was thrilled. This is an awesome book, I thought. Those first few chapters were terrifying and exciting and really chilling, just like all good dystopian books should be. But then. Oh, but then.
Somewhere around a third of t...more
Unwanteds is a YA fantasy/scifi novel set partially in a "3 years from now" future dystopia. The main cast of characters are four 13 year olds, and out of them, the main character is a boy named Alex. They grew up in Quill, a nation that values pure intelligence and physical strengt...more
First...the praises. The characters were great; they were well-developed and unique. I felt that, determining the circumstances, they were quite realistic and well though-out.
Lisa McMann's world building was AMAZING! I felt like I was living in Artimé with Alex, Meghan, and Lani.
Okay...so there was...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
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