The Unwanteds by: Lisa McMann is a book that is focused around two twin brothers and their separate worlds. The two, Alex and Aaron Stowe, are separated due to a form of caste system. In the system, formed by the world of Quill, there are three types of people:
- The Wanteds- The “perfect” people. Strong and intelligent and superior to all others.
- The Necessaries- The “okay” people. Not quite as strong and intelligent as a wanted, but they serve a purpose required for survival.
- The Unwanteds- The “get-rid-of” people. These people are creative and artistic, not at all what the world of Quill wants.
At the age of 13, a ceremony known as The Purge is held. This is where the Wanteds and Necessaries are separated from the Unwanteds. Once the list of Wanteds, and Necessaries are anounced, and the Unwanteds are publicly humiliated, the Unwanteds are sent off to be “eliminated.”
This year, Alex and Aaron Stowe were going through The Purge. Aaron knew that he would at least be a Necessary, but Alex had many problems with living the life required of him. Aaron becomes a Wanted and looks down upon his brother Alex for becoming and Unwanted. However, Alex is brought into a new world known as Artime and he learns that being creative is not something to be looked down upon.
I recommend this book for anyone who feels that creativity is a weakness and for people who have wild imaginations. This is because it will open your eyes to a new world that is creative and fun, and it allows younger readers to embrace their imaginative sides.
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