Island of Silence (Unwanteds Series #2)
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Island of Silence (Unwanteds Series #2)

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by Lisa McMann
     
 

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The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

Following the life-altering events at the conclusion of The Unwanteds, the stark world of Quill and the magical haven of Artimé are now home to

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The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

Following the life-altering events at the conclusion of The Unwanteds, the stark world of Quill and the magical haven of Artimé are now home to whoever wants to live there, whether they are Wanteds, Unwanteds, or Necessaries.

In Artimé, Alex Stowe and his friends continue to hone their artistic magical spells while welcoming newcomers, wondering how long this peace between Quill and Artimé will last. Alex is stunned when Mr. Today comes to him with a very special request—one Alex questions his readiness for, until circumstances offer a dramatic answer.

And back in Quill, Aaron Stowe, Alex’s twin, faces a very different path. Devastated by his loss of status after Justine’s defeat and seething with rage toward Alex, Aaron is stealthily planning his revenge and return to power.

Alex and Aaron’s separate stories proceed with suspenseful pacing, colliding in a stunning climax that elevates sibling rivalry to epic proportions and leaves the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—This sequel to McMann's Unwanteds (S & S, 2011) begins in a much happier place than its predecessor. The dictatorial leader of the regimented land of Quill is dead, and its citizens are now free to travel or relocate to the magical land of Artimé. Mister Today, Artimé's leader, is grooming Alex Stowe for leadership, and Alex and his friends Meghan, Lani, and Samheed continue to be some of the most creative and talented magicians of Artimé. In Quill, Alex's power-hungry twin, Aaron, gathers support to attack Artimé and rule Quill. As Quillens begin sporadic raids into Artimé, two children wash up on Artimé's beach, their necks pierced with iron thorns. In the space of a single, horrible day, Alex's friends vanish, Quillen forces attack, and Mister Today disappears. It is up to Alex to don the mantle of leadership and save the day. This work does not stand on its own but it does serve nicely as a continuation of the series. McMann allows her characters to grow as, indeed, does her world. The situations follow logically, and the author gives readers some hope for the future, despite the dire circumstances at the conclusion.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kirkus Reviews
This Unwanteds (2011) sequel lacks the magic of the first book in more ways than one. Now that both Artimé and Quill are free states and their rulers continue to work toward mutual peace, Artimé's leader, mage Marcus Today, who's worked every day for the last 50 years, wants to take a holiday. He taps former Unwanted Alex to train to serve in his place. Instead of focusing on the students' creativity and burgeoning magical abilities, this second novel delves into leadership and gives readers plenty to think about concerning qualities and motivation. The third-person narration alternates between Alex and his doubts in his ability to lead and his vengeful twin brother, Aaron, who, after getting kicked out of Quill's university and losing his Wanted status, plots to become the new high priest of Quill. With the help of secret agents, Aaron hopes to start another war with Artimé and take over their land as well--even if it means defeating his brother. Aaron's schemes take so long to materialize, however, that there's little action for stretches of the story. Despite the occasional slow pacing, the discovery of surrounding islands, including one that renders its captives mute in a horrific manner, lends enough adventure to keep fans satisfied. A cliffhanger ending with plenty of unsolved mysteries ensures the return of readers in the next installment. (Fantasy. 9-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442407725
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Series:
Unwanteds Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
406
Sales rank:
24,157
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds, the YA paranormal Wake trilogy, and several other books for kids and teens. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Check out Lisa's website at LisaMcMann.com, learn more about The Unwanteds Series at UnwantedsSeries.com, and be sure to say hi on Instagram or Twitter (@Lisa_McMann), or Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan).

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Island of Silence 4.6 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so excited. Im really enjoying this book right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read i was so sad when i finshed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book got to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dis book was amazing it was intersting an fun-written by D.P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing sequel - It is not often that the second book in a series equals or surpasses the first book. And this one did. Anxiously waiting for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets be truful with each other best book ever cant stop reading it s intense i cat qait to buy the new one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was perfect. I loved every second of it, and could not put it down. If you haven't read the first one yet, you probably should because otherwise you would be lost. The uprising led by Aaron was one of my favorite parts, but the other island is still confusing to me. I'm sure the third one will clarify.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most enjoyable book i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really like Lisa McMann's writing. I can't wait to see what the next book in the series is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the 2nd book in the Unwanted series and u will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! People leave it before page 100 but it is just so awsome near the end!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. To anybody who has not read this series, I highly reccommend it. I just pre-ordered the third book (Island of Fire) in this series on my nook! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first was awesome!!!!!!!! So was this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book ever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It ended with a cliff hanger i want to know what happens!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok but the first book is way better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but awsome. 4th book is best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good but the end wasn't the best i liked the first one better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great second book to unwanteds it didnt really end the story though. I think that there should be a third one to tell you more about what Alex and his friend do and if he rescuse everyone else. Also if they can ever talk again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please be a new book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. But what happens to Lani and is mr today still alive because of his note? Cool but confuzzling
Anonymous 25 days ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
I expected nothing less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At puppies res 4