Unwanteds #3 Island of Fire by Lisa McMann

Posted February 17, 2024 by jrsbookr in Audibook Review, Fantasy, Middle grade / 0 Comments

by Lisa McMann
Unwanteds #3 Island of Fire by Lisa McMannIsland of Fire Series: Unwanteds #3
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 3, 2013
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, JUVENILE FICTION / General, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Pages: 464
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The fate of Artimé is at stake—and an unlikely alliance could redeem it—in book three in the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series.

The magical world of Artimé is gone. The Unwanteds have no food, no water, and no hope. And everyone is looking to Alex Stowe for answers.

Overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless, Alex knows it’s up to him to find a way to restore Artimé, rescue his captive friends, and free Megan from her voice-stealing necklace of thorns—three impossible tasks. But could help lie with the silent, orange-eyed newcomers?

Meanwhile, in the stark land of Quill, Alex’s twin brother Aaron continues to build his army, preparing for the ultimate showdown with the Unwanteds. But a shocking twist reveals that Alex and Aaron share a common enemy more dangerous than either could have imagined...

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I have enjoyed this series quite a lot. The twin boys, who both have to cope with leadership roles, are pretty absorbing characters, especially Alex, the good twin. (Yes, the archetype of morally opposite identical twins [read mimetic rivalry–mirror images] is a significant engine of the plot. Aaron might be more attractive in future volumes as reality crashes increasingly on his egoistic fantasies. The other enemies are bizarre & challenging, enough to make one wonder what horrible people the three islands that haven’t factored into the series may hold. A lot of the charm comes from the enchantment of the “unwanted” society, the rejects from Quill. The “unwanteds” are very much wanted by the “unwanted” society. The living statues are exceptionally charming and lovable.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these as audiobooks. It is so easy to fall into the story for a few hours. Each character stands out uniquely, and the narrator makes each one stand out as he narrates the book. This series has a lot to discover and enjoy, and I highly recommend it.







About Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives in Tempe, Arizona. She is married to fellow writer, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is artist Kilian McMann, and her daughter is actor Kennedy McMann.

Lisa was born in Holland, Michigan, and she lived there until 2004, when she moved to Arizona with her family. She also spends parts of the year in Sacramento, CA, and Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her first book, Wake, came out in 2008.

In her spare time, Lisa likes to take walks and cook. She also likes to watch TV and movies and loves to read fantasy, realistic fiction, memoirs, and books about cooking and wine.

Lisa is the author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults

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