Witch & Wizard

Posted 21 January 2011 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Witch & WizardWitch & Wizard by James Patterson
Series: Witch & Wizard #1
Published by Little, Brown and Company on 2009-12-14
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: personal purchase | eBook
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?

My Review

I am an avid James Patterson fan, especially the Alex Cross novels, and Witch & Wizard is a definate departure from his usual works.  The dystopian plot line was centered on a world in which the entire political and social systems that we know have collapsed.  The New Order has taken control, destroying anyone and everything in their path that doesn’t fit neatly into its highly structured and dictated system.  Any creativity or departure from what is perceived as “proper” by the New Order was grounds for immediate imprisonment, even execution, no matter the age.  The plot line was fascinating; the total control the New Order wielded was intriguing.  Whit and Wisty are the heroes of the story, completely unaware of who and what they are until their lives are torn apart by the New Order.  The action was well-paced, keeping me fully engaged.  The development of the characters, however, is what kept me wanting more.  They were entirely believable as real people, extremely likeable.  The story was told in the first person by Whit and Wisty, each chapter being dedicated to one or the other.  I liked that differing viewpoint as it kept the story lively.  The language used was humorous, appropriate for the age of the first person narrator of the chapters.  It was a creative way to blend humor with an otherwise bleak, dystopian story.  The story began and ended with essentially the same scene, a cliffhanger for the next installment.  I would have thought that ending the story with the same questions that I had when I started would leave me frustrated at the end, but that was not the case.  The “meat of the story” in between made that scene clearer, changing it from a teaser at the beginning to a jumping off point at the end.

 

My Recommendation

This is a fantastically fun read!  I am definately looking forward to the next book!

About James Patterson

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing,” and that Time magazine hailed him as “The Man Who Can’t Miss.” Recently, NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson’s prolific career, AARP named him one of the “50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter,” and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn’t based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He’s been called the busiest man in publishing, and that’s not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL’s You’ve Got, NBC’s “Today Show” with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC’s “Today Show” with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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