05. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Leslie · Tags:

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, 390 pages, read by Leslie, on 05/19/2013

The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1)

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

Someone touts it as “Hunger Games meets Harry Potter” on the cover, not really, in my opinion.  Yes, it has a magic element, a kindly, older mentor, and several sneaky boys.  Yes, there is a point where children are weeded out of their society and sent to what they think is their death.  However, I didn’t really find it to be a meshing of the two stories.  Another book that I don’t think I want to read the sequel to, it was a fine story, but beyond that, it doesn’t really pique my interest.  Kids may find it very fascinating, though.

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