Island of silence [electronic resource] / Lisa McMann.
- ISBN: 9781442407732
- ISBN: 1442407735
- Physical Description: 1 online resource.
- Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2012. New York : Aladdin, 2012.
|Summary, etc.:||As the Wanteds, Unwanteds, and Necessaries struggle to adjust to changes in their society, Mr. Today begins training fourteen-year-old Alex to replace him as Artime's leader one day while Alex's disgraced twin, Aaron, connives to take over Quill.|
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Island of Silence
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Gr 5-9-When the wall between Quill and Artime fell, it allowed the disatisfied members of each kingdom the freedom to choose where they wanted to live. With the disruption of their ordered world, many Quillens blame the Artimean leader, Mr. Today, for stealing their working class. As Mr. Today works in conjunction with the new Quillen leader to bring peace, Aaron Stowe, disgraced former assistant to the High Priestess, vows to seek not only power, but also revenge. Meanwhile, his twin, Alex, is being groomed by Mr. Today to eventually lead the creative minds of Artime, learning secrets known only to the one who created their land. Alex and Mr. Today are also seeking an explanation for the startling appearance of two silent, foreign children. When several of Alex's best friends go missing, his greatest fear is that they may be trapped in the hostile world from which the strange children escaped. Narrated by James Langton, McMann's sequel (2012) to Unwanteds (2011, both Aladdin) deftly continues the story, drawing listeners into a darker, deeper world. Langton brings a sense of somberness to the story as Alex struggles to cope with the changes in his beloved Artime. Constantly under attack from Quill and facing the prospect of being left in charge, for even a short while, Alex's self-doubt is consistently evident in the narration, and as the stakes grow ever higher, listeners will be left hovering on the edges of their seats, desperate for the next book in this exciting dystopian fantasy series.-Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Island of Silence
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Book two of the Unwanteds fantasy series explores the aftermath of war and the uneasy peace that has settled over militaristic Quill and magical Artime. Alex finds himself the unexpected heir to magician Mr. Today, while his twin brother, Aaron, plots revenge and a return to his former status within Quill. Also of interest to Alex and his friends are the mysterious islands that surround their own especially after two silent castaways drift into Artime. The development or rather, stagnation of Quill continues to be the least compelling story line. Aaron often sounds more like a petulant teenager than a savvy instigator of political machinations, and it's difficult to believe anyone would accept him as a leader. But the titular island holds potential for a truly engaging plot twist, and it will hopefully feature more prominently as the story continues. After a devastating cliff-hanger where all that was won is seemingly lost, and the fate of several central characters is uncertain at best, it is clear that there are many scores still to settle and secrets yet to be revealed.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2010 Booklist