Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Unwanteds Review

390 pages

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. 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. In Artime, 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.

There was a lot of hype behind this book and after reading it I honestly can't see why. While it has a beautiful cover, the writing inside doesn't live up to whats expected. The writing jumps around a lot and leaves a bit of confusion at some points in the novel.  This wasn't necessarily a bad book, there were a great message behind the story and there were some enjoyable parts, I just expected more. There is no true focus on a main character even though Alex is apparently supposed to be that character. I think the characters needed to be developed a bit more so that I could fully immerse myself in that world. I just felt no connection to the storyline or anyone in the novel at all. I won't recommend this as a must read book, but it is something to read if you just want to pass time.


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