May 4, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
September 20th, 2011 by Aladdin

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 fulfill 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 occurrence 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.


I am SO excited for this MG read by Lisa McMann. You know her! She wrote the awesome Cryer's Cross and the Wake trilogy. She spoke about this book when she was on her CC tour in Texas. I've had my radar up for this one ever since. The premise of this book sounds adventurous and fun. Magic and twins....sold! 

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14 comments:

  1. Ooo! I have been looking for new MG reads to check out! I wish this one came out sooner! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

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  2. I love Lisa McMann, and this sound so fun and interesting!!!

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  3. I've never read a book by Lisa McMann but I keep hearing how awesome she is .. I'm planning to buy Cryer's Cross soon =) !
    Great pick ;)

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  4. I'm not usually really excited for MG novels but in the case of Lisa McMann's upcoming one, I think there's an exception! When she came to Toronto, she read us two chapters and the writing sounded so completely different than Cryer's Cross and her Wake trilogy, so I'm looking forward to this one to see how it is! :)

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  5. I like the sound of this one! Great pick!

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  6. This looks sooooo gooood! :D definitely on the TBR now! :D

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  7. I loved Cryer's Cross and although I don't usually read MG books I am definitely going to get this one.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/05/waiting-on-wednesday-17.html

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  8. This book sounds really cool! I can't wait to read it!! Great pick. :)

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday pick. :)

    Jess @ Gone with the Words

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  9. This book sounds great! Something about twins being separated really pulls at my heartstrings. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. It's great to see YA authors also writing MG.

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  11. This one does sound good! I had never heard of it before, but the cover is really cute and I love the concept. I'll definitely be looking forward to this one now too! Thanks for the post.

    -Sandra from http://sandrathenookworm.blogspot.com

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  12. I'm so excited to read this book and I love the she wrote a MG book.

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  13. Definitely agree with this choice! I will read anything Lisa McMann writes!! :D

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  14. I'm also excited for this one! My twins are excited too!

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