By Lisa McMann
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.
This book tells an exceptional story and has amazing characters in it. It was a very well-wrote book and brought chills of thrill down my back the minute I read the first chapter, I was sucked into the world of unwanteds like that! I think that any child between the ages of 9 and 15 (or older) who like action-packed on the edge of your seat books will fall in love with this series instantly.
It does have some traumatic chapters in it, and I would say that it has more fighting and things like that in it then the first book in the series. It overall is a great book though, and one that I would suggest to anyone, and in my eyes is a must-read.