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

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:
45,531
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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