25. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Melody H · Tags:

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, 390 pages, read by Melody, on 02/19/2013

The Unwanteds is one of this year’s Mark Twain nominees.   It is the story of the land of Quill where every year there is a sorting of thirteen year olds.  Some become Wanted and go on to positions of power and influence, some become Necessaries who do the manual jobs, and some are Unwanted who are purged and sent to their deaths.  In actuality, the Unwanted are taken to a magical land where their talents of creativity and imagination which had doomed them are cultivated and nurtured.  But their world can not remain hidden forever.  I really liked the ideas of this book but found the premise to be much more promising than the execution.  The world building was very spare and the characters not very well developed.  A lot of fluff and very little bones.

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