From Goodreads: Second book in the phenomenal middle grade dystopian fantasy series, Unwanteds by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.
THE UNWANTEDS Book Two: Island of Silence (from the book jacket)
The battle is over. The magical barrier between the dreary land of Quill and the fantastical world of Artimé is gone. Now residents of both places are free to mingle, but tensions are high. The artistic warriors of Artimé struggle to forgive those in Quill who condemned them to death, while the Quillens attempt to recover from the shock of Artime’s existence, the loss of their leader, and the total collapse of their safe, orderly world.
14-year-old Alex Stowe has recovered from his physical wounds since his death-defying role in Artime’s victory, but his confidence is shattered. He battles self-doubt after Artimé’s beloved mage, Mr. Today, makes a stunning request, which is further complicated by the mysterious arrival of two silent, orange-eyed teenagers.
Meanwhile in Quill, Aaron is devastated by his fall from grace and seething with anger toward his twin brother Alex. Spurred by rage, Aaron recruits a team of Restorers and devises a masterful plan of revenge that will return him to power…if no one gets in his way.
Bestselling author Lisa McMann delivers another trademark page-turner in this second book of The Unwanteds series, as Alex and Aaron’s parallel stories ultimately come together for a shocking climax that will leave readers desperate for more.
Why I recommend this book: Desperate! Yes, this book left me desperate for more! It ended with the worst/best cliffhanger EVER!
Alright, alright. I’m getting ahead of myself.
Do you guys remember how book one left me sort of “just ok” at the end? Well I went into this one with a bit of apprehension and quickly left that behind.
The plot is thick and full of twists and turns. The characters are well rounded even the ones that were completely misguided. Alex grew some back bone which was nice compared to his flailing in book one. Aaron achieved a higher level of evil which made me happy. Lani, Sam and Meg got tested so hard my heart ached.
I truly enjoyed that this book took what I enjoyed the most in the first one (characterization) and took it to the next level.
Now the plot. Ah! almost everyone had an agenda and you don’t know for sure who is playing a double game and who to trust. Everything came together with a bang but at the same time some very important pieces were left scattered, for now, thus my cliffhanger cry.
One more thing: THE UNWANTEDS – ISLAND OF FIRE comes out September 3rd 2013 (I can’t wait!)