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Island of Silence (Unwanteds Series #2)

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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...

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Overview

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

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)
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442407718
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Unwanteds Series , #2
  • Pages: 406
  • Sales rank: 116,721
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: HL820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, 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).

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Is there going to be a third one????!!!!!!

    It ended with a cliff hanger i want to know what happens!!!!!!

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Ok

    It was ok but the first book is way better

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Anonymous

    Good book. But I like the first book better. Not enough action

    9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Great book

    He wrote the note after he died. And does anybody know if there are going to be more books.

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Love it

    I am so excited. Im really enjoying this book right now.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Awesomw Awesome

    Awesome book got to read

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Awwwwwwwasome

    Dis book was amazing it was intersting an fun-written by D.P

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Alex vs Aaron

    Awesome book. But what happens to Lani and is mr today still alive because of his note? Cool but confuzzling

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Beautiful-100% perfect

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Anonymous

    The first book was awesome so i wander if the second book will be awesome.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    New book coming!!!!!!!!!!

    The new book for the Unwanted series is Island of Fire!!!!!!!
    The new book will come out in September 2013!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Good book

    Best book i ever read i was so sad when i finshed

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    The unwanted

    The most enjoyable book i have ever read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Wow

    Wow! I really like Lisa McMann's writing. I can't wait to see what the next book in the series is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Hi

    It is the best book ever!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

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    GRATE BOOK POT ON WISH LIST.?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Awsome second

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Beebebeneenenebennenebneb

    Please be a new book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Spoiler alert

    Mr.today dies and aaron becomes high priest. Artime is almost destroyed

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Better than the First

    Tjhis book is defently better than the first with more action and drama. There is lots of dtama in this book abd it is a great read.
    Mr. Today is training Alex to take over for him while he goes on a vaction with his old friend. Little does he know that she will be trying to kill him but her parterner Aron ,Alexs evil twin brother already did the job for her.Alex must help the people of once known Artime before there leader died and save his friends meghan sammhead and lani before it is to late. A must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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