Synopses & Reviews
Quill prevails when the strong survive. Using this notion as the core of their society, the people of Quill partake in a yearly ceremony, wherein children at the age of thirteen are divided into three categories--the Wanteds, the Necessaries, and the Unwanteds. Wanted children will move on to schooling and training to join the Quillitary and fufill their roles in maintaining an efficient life for all, while Necessaries will take on farm work and similar duties. Any child who has shown a propensity toward emotion or creativity is deemed Unwanted, and sent for elimination. 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 eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret--behind the mirage of the death farm there is instead a place called Artime, where every Unwanted child has been welcomed by a man named Mr. Today. Artime is a special place full of art, music, theater, and magic, where each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation. But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
A riveting middle-grade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls and#8220;The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. andlt;BRandgt;Itand#8217;s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fateand#8212;until he discovers that instead of a and#8220;death farm,and#8221; what awaits him is a magical place called Artimand#233;. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and itand#8217;s a wondrous transformation. andlt;BRandgt;But itand#8217;s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaronand#8217;s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artimand#233; that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.
About the Author
Lisa McMann is the andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, andlt;iandgt;Cryerand#8217;s Crossandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Dead to Youandlt;/iandgt;, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog through her website at LisaMcMann.com or, better yet, find her on Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan) or follow her on Twitter (@Lisa_McMann).