Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (71): The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The UnwantedsThe Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Publish Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Aladdin

Book Description
Quill prevails when the strong survive. Using this notion as the core of their society, the people of Quill partake in a yearly ceremony, wherein children at the age of thirteen are divided into three categories--the Wanteds, the Necessaries, and the Unwanteds. Wanted children will move on to schooling and training to join the Quillitary and fufill their roles in maintaining an efficient life for all, while Necessaries will take on farm work and similar duties. Any child who has shown a propensity toward emotion or creativity is deemed Unwanted, and sent for elimination. Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret--behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime, where every Unwanted child has been welcomed by a man named Mr. Today. Artime is a special place full of art, music, theater, and magic, where each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation. But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated 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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  1. Not familiar with this one, but it does look pretty interesting! Hope you enjoy it when you get it!

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  2. What a horribly intriguing concept - I'm definitely curious about this one.

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  3. Never heard of this one :)

    Looks cool though.

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  4. This one's on my wish list. I read a description somewhere that it was a "cross between Harry Potter and the Hunger Games"!

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  5. This sounds pretty exciting. Please check out my W.o.W.!

  6. Oooh! I am so excited for this book! I don't usually read MG books, but I love Lisa's books. All of them. Can't wait for it! Nice pick!

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  7. I picked up and read this brilliant story from Galley Grab. I agree with Sally@ Bibrary it was a horribly intriguing concept! I think that's why I enjoyed it so much.

    It read like a Harry Potter book to me. Just lovely!

  8. Nice pick! I can't wait for this one too! =D Even though I prefer YA, the concept for this one sounds really interesting!

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  9. Isn't it always brother against brother it seems. With death farms for unwanted i think this will be really interesting!!

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  10. Great pick. Looking forward to this one too!

  11. Sounds like a fun MG - especially for boys!


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