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(out of 17 reviews)
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Kid, 12 years old November 21, 2011
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10
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An interesting blend of Margaret Peterson Haddix and J.K. Rowling

The Unwanteds is an enjoyable dystopian fantasy. The story starts out with a sinister threat: the "unwanteds" (or creative kids, in a society that fears creativity and values strength and smarts) are going to get taken to the "death farm" and killed. However, sensitive readers should know that this is quickly proven to NOT be the case. My biggest problem with the book is the plot-point that the creative kids are more "special" than the non-creative ones. The characters are personality mirrors of many from the Harry Potter series, and, unlike Harry and his friends, do not change very much. The incorporated magic that creative kids can perform is more original and fun to read about. Imbedded in the story, and becoming clearer as the story continues is the overused point that one sibling is "good", and the other is "bad." There is a small amount of violence beyond the opening until you approach the end of the story where there is a giant battle between the "good" city and the "bad" city, in which secrets are revealed and characters are injured or even killed.
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Kid, 11 years old July 5, 2013
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8
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Everybody should read it

I think it's great for 9 year olds. Everybody should read it. It tells people to let there imagination take hold of them.
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Kid, 11 years old November 13, 2013
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10
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Awesomely written, but for older children

This is an interesting, thought provoking dystopian novel. A cruel, seemingly mind-controlling, government rules over the walled land of Quill. When 13 year old Aaron Stowe is deemed imaginative, he is sent to his death with all the other Unwanteds. He soon discovers that instead, he is sent to the artistic world of Artime. The only thing I would really be concerned about is a battle near the end, where people get run over by cars and tanks, get shot at, (with both magic and guns), and parents and children try to kill each other. However, only one major character dies at the end. Overall, this is a great book, full of magic, creativity, and nods to Harry Potter.
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Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old March 23, 2014
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7
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Awesome

I read this book for school and I think it is awesome .I am thinking about reading the rest of the books in the series
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Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old February 12, 2014
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9
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unwanteds review!

I think this is one of the best books ever! It has a little... okay a lot of violence. But that definitely does not make it bad! At the beggining Alex stowe has been caught being creative in a place that forbids imagination called quill. High preist justyne, the leader of quill, makes him a unwanted and sends him to the lake of boiling oil to...die. Don't worry though, something awesome happens! In the book near the end Alex faces his heartless,uncreative WANTED brother in a war against the quillatary and and a place called artime I love this book so much because it encourages creativity and shows what happens without it.
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Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old February 12, 2014
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9
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the book the unwanteds

This Book Is about twins Named Alex and Aaron who go to this place Quill and then they get separated and Aaron stays in quil and Alex goes to this magical place called Artime then they go into War. This book is by: Lisa Mcmann.
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Kid, 9 years old February 12, 2014
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8
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The Unwanteds

I think The Unwanteds is a great book for people who have an active imagination. It has lots of creativity . . . which is good. You may read other reviews that tell you the war in this book is very violent, but I disagree. Besides, if you’re reading this book, you’re probably old enough to have read other books with war in them. So, if you think it’s violent, think again. It has lots of creativity, because of the magic in the spells, and the subject each character is best at is the type of spells they use. Some people might think otherwise though, they might think (after they read the thing about the war part) that it is still violent. It might be a good book for some people, and it might be a bad book for other people. It might be a good book for you . . . if you like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. So, if you do, you should read The Unwanteds. I think it is a great book to read.
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Kid, 9 years old February 11, 2014
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10
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The Unwanteds

This is a great book. At the beginning, a group 13 year olds are about to be purged in the lake of boiling oil. Then, to their surprise, they find them selves in a land of creativity. I think think this is for kids10 and up, because it has some violence. It’s a book that will keep you reading. When Alex Stowe starts magical warrior training... see what happens next in The Unwanteds.
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Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
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9
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The Unwanteds

Unwanteds If you like adventure, humor and magic, then you will like the Unwanteds . Its about two kids that get separated from each other. One of the kids thinks he is going to die, but instead something wonderful happens. To know what happens read it and find out! You might just like this book. If you like Harry Potter and Hunger games, read it as soon as you can! This book is by Lisa MCMann!
Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
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9
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The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds is a must read for anyone 9 and up. This book clearly shows that creativity is an important part of life. Between the dull and boring life in Quill, and the great fun, and creative world of Artimé, this book will hook any kind of reader. But if you do not like violence, this book is probably not for you, because when you have two brothers on different sides, you will be sure to have some violence. So, if you consider yourself creative, READ THIS BOOK!!!
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Kid, 9 years old February 11, 2014
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9
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The Unwanteds

In this book Alex Stowe looks back at his twin brother standing tall for the dry, desolate land of Quill as he gets on the bus that he and the other teenagers think will lead them to their deaths. But instead it brings him to the colorful world of Artime where he learns that creativity is a weapon not a disadvantage and lives in a fun and peaceful environment until it is pronounced war between the two communities and Alex faces somebody he didn’t want to see again…….. I really really really recommend this fabulous book. It is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read!!!!
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Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
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10
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THE UNWANTEDS

I think that The Unwanteds is a EXCELLENT book. THE UNWANTEDS is about how in Quill creativity is a crime and, anyone who is creative is taken to a lake of boiling oil at the age of thirteen. There, Alex Stowe finds out that the lake of boiling oil is really a portal to a magical world called Artimé where he learns magic and mayhem. At the end there is some magical violence, children killing parents and parents killing children, but overall The Unwanteds is a good book.
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Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
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10
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The Unwanteds

Do you like stories that will take you on a magical adventure? Well, this book is for you.. In the beginning, in the dreary land of Quill at the purge, the Unwanteds will be eliminated. This year, two twins, Alex and Aaron Stowe, will be separated into “wanted” and “unwanted” citizens.. Aaron will become a proud Wanted and Alex, well, he will become an Unwanted. Alex thinks that he will be sent to his doom, but when he enters the death farm he is surprised to see not a lake of boiling oil, but a beautiful word called Artime! So, if you like a book that you will never want to put down, you will love this book.
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Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
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10
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Read all About it!

Read all about it! Lisa McMann brings us a thrilling face paced adventure about two twin brothers, one a strong, intellegent, Wanted, and the other a created, worthless, Unwanted. Alex Stowe, the Unwanted, finds not death from the Great Lake Of Boiling Oil, but the world of Artime, where th years paced Unwanteds have been living there lifes untill war breaks out... in this thrilling adventure fantasy, Lisa McMann joings her creativity with a J.K Rowling tweak, and created this must read!
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Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
AGE
9
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Unwanteds book review

The Unwanteds takes place in the dreary, rusty, rundown city of Quill, where if you are to creative, you get killed on the annual purge when you are 13 by being thrown into the lake of boiling oil. But alas, you actually get sent to the magical land of Artime, where being creative is encouraged. It has a very generic good vs bad plot and one of the best endings ever in a book with the battle, which is kind of disturbing, but the rest is pretty clean. The book has one very major downfall, though, it’s so gosh darn slow! If you crossbred a turtle and a snail, and then slowed down time The Unwanteds would be that snurtle. But anyway, it’s more good than bad, but being a Mark Twain award nominee (it may have won by the time you read this, I don’t know), I expected more. Overall, it’s a decent book, and you should get it just for the ending. These were my OPINIONS on the Unwanteds.
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Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2014
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9
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Read the Unwanteds!

In the dreary land of Quill, their lives two twins, Alex and Aaron Stowe. When they go to the yearly event, the Purge, run by the evil ruler, High Priest Justine, they are forced to split up. Alex goes into a group called the Unwanteds, and his brother goes into a group called the Wanteds. Aaron goes to the Wanted University, while Alex goes to a boiling pit of oil, to be killed. When the Unwanteds think they are about to be exterminated, they face a big surprise. I like this book because, it’s full of adventure and surprises. I think that the age to read this book would be from 9 to 12. It has no violence in the beginning, but at the end there’s children and fathers killing or hurting each other.
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Kid, 11 years old January 4, 2014
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10
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The U-N-W-A-N-T-E-D-S of the Unwanteds.

Un-calm. Very acton and violence packed. Not bad at all. One of the best! Was a great book with great role models. A book with great messages. Not a book to read before bed. kind of scary. Too good to just a book. this should be a movie! Exciting! Darn gooood book! So, please read it!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
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Too much violence