Island of Silence, book #2 of the Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann
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)
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
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.
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.
The Unwanteds is a fun and imaginative series. I loved the first book and the second is a great sequel. However, it did feel like more of a transition book, like it was leading to something bigger in the next book. I did enjoy the characters, especially Alex and his friends, and how they developed. The writing and imagination in the book are, like the last one, compelling.
The pacing goes up and down, but the author did leave us on an exciting note, making us anxious to read the next installment. I'd highly recommend this series to middle grade audiences who like magic and adventure.