McMann, Lisa Island of Silence (The Unwanteds Book #2) 416 pgs. Alladin, 2012. $10.98. (Rating: Violence PG, Language G (0 swears), Sexual G)
Apparently in Book #1 the split island countries of the dystopian Quill and the magical Artime are united –people are free to travel at will. But all is not well. Some of those in Quill are having a hard time adjusting and this includes young Aaron –who is determined to lead a rebellion. While his twin brother Alex, in Artime is thriving but doesn't think he is ready for the responsibility of leading –should his mentor, Mr. Today need his help. Civil war in inevitable.
Having not read the first book –I felt like I missed all the fun, since the characters constantly refer to the events of the first book. (Which sound more interesting than anything that happened in this book). Reading this book kind of a chore, from the horrible analogies –to the whiney characters. I know the first book is popular –maybe if you got hooked there–this one might be of interest. Long and boring isn’t a great combo for students though.
MS, HS -OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.