Island of Silence by Lisa McMann

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The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

Following the life-altering events at the conclusion of The Unwanteds, the stark world of Quill and the magical haven of Artimé are now home to whoever wants to live there, whether they are Wanteds, Unwanteds, or Necessaries.

In Artimé, Alex Stowe and his friends continue to hone their artistic magical spells while welcoming newcomers, wondering how long this peace between Quill and Artimé will last. Alex is stunned when Mr. Today comes to him with a very special request—one Alex questions his readiness for, until circumstances offer a dramatic answer.

And back in Quill, Aaron Stowe, Alex’s twin, faces a very different path. Devastated by his loss of status after Justine’s defeat and seething with rage toward Alex, Aaron is stealthily planning his revenge and return to power.

Alex and Aaron’s separate stories proceed with suspenseful pacing, colliding in a stunning climax that elevates sibling rivalry to epic proportions and leaves the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance.

About Lisa McMann

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Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog through her website at or, better yet, find her on Facebook ( or follow her on Twitter (@Lisa_McMann).
Published September 4, 2012 by Aladdin. 418 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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This Unwanteds (2011) sequel lacks the magic of the first book in more ways than one.

Aug 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Island of Silence (Unwanteds)


Even though Mr. Today claims that he has full confidence in Alex, Alex isn’t sure that he’s ready to deal with the threats from both Aaron and these mysterious islands.

Oct 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Island of Silence (Unwanteds)

Recovering, healing, regaining confidence, and welcoming those who tried to destroy them, the people of Artime try to live up to their principle of building a peaceful, all-accepting world.

Mar 05 2015 | Read Full Review of Island of Silence (Unwanteds)

Mundie Kids Children's Book Reviews

... Bestselling author Lisa McMann delivers another trademark page-turner in this second book of The Unwanteds series, as Alex and Aaron's ...

Sep 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Island of Silence (Unwanteds)

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