Thursday Tea (August 11): The Unwanteds

The book: I started reading The Unwanteds right before bed last night, which was a mistake because then I had to stay up to keep reading it and I didn’t stop until way late and then I couldn’t stop thinking about The Unwanteds which made sleeping very difficult and now all I want to do is get off the computer and read The Unwanteds. So.

Here’s what The Unwanteds is about:

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.

The tea: I have NO good teas left. All the ones I have are ones I don’t want to drink. Except for English Breakfast, I guess. EB it is.

Do they go together? No. The Unwanteds is set in some sort of dystopian society where they kill kids if they smile too much. I’m guessing they don’t drink a lot of tea. (Maybe in the utopian part they drink tea?)

Other tea drinkers

Alison is drinking Earl Grey Lavender tea and reading Odder Than Ever!

The Book Gatherer is drinking Fresh & Fruity and reading Fast Friends!

(Leave a link to your TT post in the comments and I’ll add you to the tea drinkers list!)

8 thoughts on “Thursday Tea (August 11): The Unwanteds”

  1. Aw, the artistic ones are sent to death? Boo! Is it possible to be Intelligent and strong as well as artistic? Anyway, gimme more dystopians! I want!

    (btw, what kind of tea would you suggest to go with a dystopian read?)

    1. Not in dystopias, apparently. Art leads to dissent!

      For dystopian tea I’d recommend something horrible; for instance, sun tea left to grow moldy and disgusting.

      If you want a NICE tea you’d have to find a utopia. 😉

    1. Next week I’ll probably be drinking iced tea again, as the weather is getting weirdly hot and then cold and then hot again. Yesterday it was kind of cold; next week I’ll probably be frying eggs on the sidewalk again.

  2. The proper tea for Distopia? I’d suggest Earl Grey. Much as I long to like it because of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek TNG, I simply can’t get past it’s pesticide aroma. As for Unwanteds (aside from Earl Grey) It could’ve been inspired by any number of my former teachers and employers. Happily, I seem to have found Artime. Great review!

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