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The Unwanteds is the first book in the Unwanteds series written by Lisa McMann.

Plot Edit

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When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to burn in the Great Lake of oil. 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 Artimé that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle...

Chapter 1Edit

Chapter 1, "The Purge". In chapter 1, there is a purge, or selection of the worthy. Alex Stowe is chosen as Unwanted, while his twin brother, Aaron Stowe, was chosen as Wanted.