The Unwanteds

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693 ratings

The Unwanteds Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of the Wake trilogy makes her middle-grade dystopian fantasy debut!

When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill: Each year all the 13-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the army. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination.

It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate - until he discovers that instead of a “death farm”, what awaits him is a magical place called Artime. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

©2011 LIsa McMann (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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  • Book 1

    • The Unwanteds

    • Unwanteds Series, Book 1
    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 938
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 854
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 859

    When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill: Each year all the 13-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the army. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate - until he discovers that instead of a “death farm”, what awaits him is a magical place called Artime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN UNTIL IT HAPPENS

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-24-16

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Island of Silence

    • The Unwanteds, Book 2
    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 399
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • IT BROKE THE HEART OF EVERY HEARTED PERSON

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-15-17

    Regular price: $16.96

  • Book 3

    • Island of Fire

    • The Unwanteds, Book 3
    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    The fate of Artimé is at stake - and an unlikely alliance could redeem it - in book three in the New York Times best-selling Unwanteds series. The magical world of Artimé is gone. The Unwanteds have no food, no water, and no hope. And everyone is looking to Alex Stowe for answers. Overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless, Alex knows it’s up to him to find a way to restore Artimé, rescue his captive friends, and free Megan from her voice-stealing necklace of thorns - three impossible tasks.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting Read for Young and Old

    • By Nathan A Stout on 05-05-18

    Regular price: $16.26

  • Book 4

    • Island of Legends

    • The Unwanteds, Book 4
    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    As Alex grows more confident in his role as the mage of Artimé, he expands his skills and brings his first creature to life - with results that are both painful and wonderful. A team from Artimé heads out to rescue Sky and Crow’s mother from underwater Pirate Island and discovers there are more creatures than they ever imagined in the ocean surrounding the islands - and not all of them are friendly.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well done continuation of the Unwanteds series!

    • By Karissa Eckert on 11-13-14

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 5

    • Island of Shipwrecks

    • The Unwanteds, Book 5
    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    Alex and his friends from Artimé are stranded on a newly discovered island after barely surviving a storm that destroys their ship. And it turns out they're not alone... Back in Quill, Aaron's power base grows as he aligns himself with an unlikely ally. Together,the two enact a drastic, risky plan to conquer Artimé at last--a plan that could ultimately leave everyone in both Artimé and Quill in far more danger than Aaron realizes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love it

    • By Angelina on 04-02-18

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 6

    • The Island of Graves

    • The Unwanteds 6
    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 217

    Everything Aaron has worked so hard to build in Quill has crumbled. Fallen from the height of power and influence and left for dead in a foreign place, Aaron has lost everything, and now he must humbly beg for food from those who saved his life. In Artimé, Alex chooses his people over his brother and abandons his search for Aaron, closing the door on that relationship forever. The Artimeans need his focus now more than ever as they face the terrifying power of a new enemy who has taken control of Quill.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This series just gets better and better!

    • By Linda Gifford on 03-27-16

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 7

    • Island of Dragons

    • By: Lisa McMann
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202

    Head mage Alexander Stowe and his friends successfully fended off the latest threat to their magical world of Artimé with the help of a surprise ally. But old enemies have secretly been plotting against them. Now Alex must lead his people in a final epic battle, one they can't hope to win alone. Will Artimé finally know peace, or will all they've fought for be destroyed forever?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely hard to put down!

    • By Kimberly Tarver on 05-28-18

    Regular price: $17.00