Fast Paced, Thrilling Series: Review of The Unlisted #3 Sabotage by Justine Flynn & Chris Kunz

Fast Paced, Thrilling Series: Review of The Unlisted #3 Sabotage by Justine Flynn & Chris Kunz

The Unlisted: Sabotage is the third book in this thrilling award-winning series that has also been made into an ABC TV show.

Here’s a bit of background if you’re new to the series – the Infinity Group, under the guise of the Global Child Initiative (GCI), is recruiting teens and aiming to control them with a device they implant during a routine dental check at school. The plan is to create an army of young soldiers that they can use for their own purposes – none of them good!

Identical Twins Dru and Kal are onto this and working hard to foil their attempts. However, there is one big difference between the two brothers, Kal has been implanted with the Infinity Group device and Dru managed to avoid it. Those without implants are ‘The Unlisted’ and they start to gravitate towards one another.

In the first book Dru and Kal meet up with a group of vigilante teens who have escaped implantation and live in tunnels underneath the city to avoid being discovered. In book three we see the twins once again working with this group and when their makeshift home under the city becomes uninhabitable the twins rush in to offer them a safe haven. However, having the group at their family home is risky in more ways than one.

The GCI has stepped up their attempts to capture and implant the unlisted and is in the process of employing what they refer to as Super Recognisers – people trained to recognise kids that don’t have an implant. How will ‘the unlisted’ know who to avoid when they all look like everyone else?

The school the boys attend is surrounded and the GCI are regularly sending officers around to check on ‘missing’ kids. Rewards are offered for those that provide information and it appears almost no one can be trusted. Tensions are high and there is a lot at stake.

Will Dru and Kal be able to get their friends to another safe place to hide and what will Dru do now that Infinity’s hold over Kal appears to be growing. Will they be forced out of hiding to take on the Infinity Group?

This is a fast paced, thrilling series that your 9-12-year-old reader will devour. The characters are relatable and issues of loyalty, family and changing friendships will have young readers going along for the ride but also storing away some important messages. I would recommend picking up all three just before the summer break as once they start, they’ll be hooked and that’s something you want to take advantage of!

Purchase a copy of The Unlisted #1The Unlisted #2: Rebellion | The Unlisted #3: Sabotage 

Read an extract from The Unlisted #3 Sabotage

Justine Flynn is a writer, director, producer and author based in Sydney. Justine created the ABC and Netflix Original Series The Unlisted, and partnered with Aquarius Films as producer, director and showrunner for the series. Justine has created and produced hundreds of hours of television and worked as a broadcaster and independent producer. A children’s book author, Justine recently wrote Miss Mae’s Saturday and co-wrote The Unlisted trilogy to accompany the release of the TV series.

Justine earned a BA in Drama at QUT and she is the mother of five wonderful children.

Chris Kunz is a writer, editor and publisher who works across the TV, film and publishing industries. She has written and script edited for children’s television, and has worked at various publishing houses, where she has been an editor and children’s publisher. Chris created, storylined and wrote bestselling children’s series with the Irwin family and Australia Zoo, and the RSPCA for Random House Australia. She has an MA in Theatre Studies from UNSW.

 

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Publisher details

The Unlisted: Sabotage (Book 3)
Authors
Chris Kunz, Justine Flynn
Publisher
Hachette
Genres
Australian Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Released
29 October, 2019

Synopsis

Twins Dru and Kal Sharma must work together with a group of underground vigilante teens to stop a sinister organisation from controlling the world's youth population, in the final instalment of the exciting new ABC/Netflix TV tie-in series.The time is now.The Unlisted can't trust anyone. Along with twins Dru and Kal Sharma, they have evaded the Infinity Group by sticking together. But with Kal increasingly under the control of Infinity, they can't be sure he is still on their side.With Infinity Group's power growing stronger, the Unlisted realise they can no longer stay in the shadows. They are ready to do everything the can to sabotage Infinity's mind control technology.Friends become enemies, enemies become allies and brother will turn against brother in this exciting conclusion to The Unlisted series.An exciting new ABC/Netflix TV tie-in series.

Publisher details

The Unlisted: Rebellion (Book 2)
Authors
Chris Kunz, Justine Flynn
Publisher
Hachette
Genres
Australian Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Released
24 September, 2019

Synopsis

Twins Dru and Kal Sharma must work together with a group of underground vigilante teens to stop a sinister organisation from controlling the world's youth population, in this exciting new ABC/Netflix TV tie-in series.Resistance will not be tolerated.The Unlisted are running out of time. With Infinity Group closing in on the vigilante teenagers, it's up to twins Dru and Kal Sharma to infiltrate the headquarters of the sinister corporation to try to uncover what they are planning.Rebel groups of Unlisted are emerging across the globe, ready to rise up. But Infinity Group is one step ahead, and they have an army of teens under their influence. The Unlisted are in more danger than ever, and help will arrive from the strangest places.An exciting new ABC/Netflix TV tie-in series.

Publisher details

The Unlisted (Book 1)
Publisher
Hachette
Genre
Young Adult Fiction
Released
27 August, 2019

Synopsis

Twins Dru and Kal Sharma must work together with a group of underground vigilante teens to stop a sinister organisation from controlling the world's youth population, in this exciting new ABC/Netflix TV tie-in series.There's nothing Dru Sharma fears more than the dentist. So when his school runs a compulsory dental check, he convinces his identical twin, Kal, to take his spot.What Dru and Kal don't realise is the check-up has been initiated by a mysterious organisation called Infinity Group that are interested in more than the students' dental health. Infinity aims to control the hearts, minds and bodies of the world's youth. It isn't long before Kal and the other students start developing super strength, while the kids who resisted the procedure start to go missing.With Dru 'Unlisted' and outside of Infinity Group's control, it's a race against time to uncover the truth of the operation. Dru and Kal - with the help of a group of underground vigilante teens - will have to do whatever they can to stop Infinity Group before it's too late.
Chris Kunz
About the author

Chris Kunz

Chris Kunz is a writer, editor and publisher who works across the TV, film and publishing industries. She has written and script edited for children's television, and has worked at various publishing houses, where she has been an editor and children's publisher. Chris created, storylined and wrote bestselling children's series with the Irwin family and Australia Zoo, and the RSPCA for Random House Australia. She has an MA in Theatre Studies from UNSW.

Books by Chris Kunz

Justine Flynn
About the author

Justine Flynn

Justine Flynn is a writer, director, producer and author based in Sydney. Justine created the ABC and Netflix Original Series The Unlisted, and partnered with Aquarius Films as producer, director and showrunner for the series. Justine has created and produced hundreds of hours of television and worked as a broadcaster and independent producer. A children's book author, Justine recently wrote Miss Mae's Saturday and co-wrote The Unlisted trilogy to accompany the release of the TV series.Justine earned a BA in Drama at QUT and she is the mother of five wonderful children.

Books by Justine Flynn

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