Hunger Games meets Harry Potter
The Unwanteds by Lisa Mcmann
By Tommy Kim
The fantasy book, The Unwanteds by Lisa Mcmann, is the first in the Unwanteds series. This book is recommended for eight to fifteen year olds, there are 401 pages, and was published on August 30, 2011.
In Quill, thrteen-year-olds are divided in three different groups in the Purge every year, the Wanteds, Necessaries, and the Unwanteds. Every year, the Unwanteds are sent to the Lake of Boiling Oil to get eliminated. When the Unwanteds get sent there, they think their time is done. Instead of death, the Unwanteds find themselves in Artimé where they can learn magic and secrets that will change everything for them.
I like the setting of this book, especially Artimé because it is a piece of wasteland changed into a magnificent place by magic. The newest group of Unwanteds annually get sent there to be executed, but they are always surprised because they find out it is a safe haven for them.
I like the main protagonist Alex’s personality because he is kind and good natured. When his brother dismissed Alex when Alex was declared an Unwanted, Alex still forgave Aaron and Alex always wanted to reunite with his twin brother and wanted Aaron to come to Artimé and live with Alex forever with safety and without the idea of getting exposed.
I like the big plot twist at the middle. It was very unpredictable because Aaron, Alex’s twin brother, uses a magical component against Alex and Alex gets wounded. This part is intense and gives you a feeling that the main character, Alex, is going to die. Alex eventually gets cured and lives through his wound and forgives Aaron for Aaron using a magical component against him.
One of the best part of this book is Mr. Today, the head mage of Artimé, the magician that created Artimé, is very nice and never gets angry. When any Unwanted makes a mistake, Mr. Today never gets angry, but he just instructs the Unwanteds nice and calmly. Even though some of the Unwanteds break their kingdom’s rules, but Mr. Today always forgives them.
My favorite part of this book is when the newest group of Unwanteds get sent to the Death Farm to get executed, but they found themselves in Artimé, a magical place where anything might happen and where the Unwanteds will be safe. The Unwanteds’ only fear is if Artimé gets exposed by anyone. When the Unwanteds saw the safe place, they knew not to give up their life and keep trying to achieve their goal.