"The Unwanteds" by Lisa McMann
I have to confess that I am reading this book right now! And I am loving it!
Lisa previously wrote "Wake", "Fade", and "Gone"...which was a VERY different trilogy that I highly recommend. The "Wake" trilogy was geared more towards High schoolers where as "The Unwanteds" is more about Middle schoolers.
I was fortunate to receive a galley copy of The Unwanteds and in it Lisa McMann gave a short synopsis of where the idea for the story came from, which I found fascinating. I hope it makes it into the final version so everyone can have a peek into the mind of an author.
Here is the summary from GoodReads:
Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
I hope to finish the book today and will post a review shortly. This is a wonderful story and can't wait for the public to have access to it.