Title: The Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: The Unwanteds (#1)
When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. 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 Artimé. 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 Artim that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.
I love dystopian books. Ever since The Hunger Games hit shelves I've devoured any other series with that theme. This is the first book of a series that is six books long so far (I am guessing there will be seven total, because of reasons you will learn in the book!)
I think one thing that really drew me to this series, especially since it's middle school level, not young adult, is its take on art. Personally, I have tried almost every art medium out there and to think that art can truly come to life like it does in Artime is an amazing concept. The characters are lovable and once you meet Simber you'll want a giant flying cheetah made of stone for yourself.
I've read up through the fourth book so far, but I admit I got very bored in that book, but that's likely because I was kind of binge reading these and needed a break before going on to the next book.
Other Books in the Series:
Island of Silence (Book 2)
Island of Fire (Book 3)
Island of Legends (Book 4)
Island of Shipwrecks (Book 5)
Island of Graves (Book 6)
Island of Dragons (Book 7 - Not yet published)