The Unwanteds (Paperback)
|Author: Lisa McMann|
|In a society that purges 13-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.|
From the Publisher:
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.
It's hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate?until he discovers that instead of a ?death farm,? what awaits him is a magical place called ArtimÉ. 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 it's a wondrous transformation.
But it's a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of ArtimÉ that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.
This dystopian middle grade novel combines magical fantasy with a totalitarian government in a complex feat of world-building. In the repressive regime of Quill, people are categorized at the age of 13, and either go onto useful work as Wanted or Necessaries, or considered too creative and labeled Unwanted and sent to their deaths. Twins Alex and Aaron are separated, as Aaron becomes a Wanted and Alex is sent to the Death Farm as an Unwanted. However, when Alex arrives at what he thinks is the end, it's just the beginning. The Death Farm is actually an enchanted place called Artime, where magic and creativity are nourished. However, battle preparation is key due to the constant threat of discovery by the evil Quillitary. The twins' connection is greater than distance, and soon the boys find themselves in a tragic situation.