The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (Review)

The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1) by Lisa McMann

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.
Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime.
In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. 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 separated 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.

I finished this book a couple weeks ago, and to say that I was disappointed would be an understatement. If you had read my TBR blog post for October you already know how excited I was to read this book. Even if you didn’t know, let me tell you now – I had very high hopes for this book, and it let me down.

The concept was amazing, it was what had attracted me to this book. It was a classic dystopian tale with children being categorized as ‘Wanteds’, ‘Necessaries’ and ‘Unwanteds’, and the Unwanteds were disposed off, just for being creative and artistic. The beginning was nice enough, but the story after that didn’t resonate with me at all. The writing, the characters, their world and society, everything was just too simplistic. There wasn’t as much detail in the story as I would’ve liked.

Then there was the pace of the story. In simple words, it was too fast. Everything just happened so quickly, without giving readers the time to connect with the characters. Alex’s discovery of Artime, for instance, could have been more dramatic, or just a little bit more. You know what I mean, right? It just felt like everybody adjusted to their lives in this new world, which was a complete opposite to their earlier living, more quickly then they should have.

Another thing I would like to point out is that a betrayal, or something like that, makes sense when it is done by somebody, who the reader and the protagonist too, will never expect. Somebody who is very close to the protagonist is usually the one who turns his/her back to the protagonist, giving the story an unexpected twist. But the traitor (kind of traitor, actually) in this story was a very, very expected one, and I am sure it was no surprise to any of the readers when his identity was directly revealed. I am sure it won’t even be a spoiler if I reveal his name right now (I won’t though, I want this to be a completely spoiler-free review) as it was obvious right from the beginning of the story.

If I were asked to rate this story, I think I would give it

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Enough about me, now please let me know how you felt about this book, and how you liked my review.

Do let me know any other thoughts you may have on this book, or on my review, in the comments section. Until next time!

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