The New York Times best-selling author of the Wake trilogy makes her middle-grade dystopian fantasy debut!
When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill: Each year all the 13-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the army. 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 Artime. 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 Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
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a great listen for kids
kept the kids rivited in the car, didn't hear a peep on a long motorway drive. in fact, they were desperate to get moving again to hear more! I'd call this a "page turner"
it would appeal to the Harry potter type audience, eg boy discoveres a magic world he never new existed - and turns out to be quite special!
the old man is definitely my favorite!
when the children are sent away and considered "unwanted", and the lack of reaction from the families
a nice story and a good read to keep the kids entertained