Witch and Wizard--One-Day Laydown
Whisty and Whit are confused. They never knew they were witches. The familiar world around them has gone crazy turning into a totalitarian government called the New Order or N.O. The New Order law states that all art, music, film, and entertainment are strictly forbidden.
Whit and Whisty miss their old lives and their parents. After being found guilty of their crimes they are sent to a deserted mental institution. Now armed only with two items their parents have given them, they have to wait for their sentence of death to be carried out. In this crazy new world, they try to make sense of what is going on. But time is running out. They have to find the powers within them in order to save not only their selves but others around them.
This fast paced action packed story is sure to appeal to fans of James Pattersons other YA series The Maximum Ride novels. This is potato chip fiction at its best. The short chapters keep you wanting to know more. The futuristic society of N.O. is scary. It shows how quickly something you take for grantedin this case freedomscan be taken away. Whisty and Whils abilities arent shown right off the bat. Both have to find them with only the help of two objects their parents give them. I liked Whistys spunk even when things seemed to go against her. The different worlds they travel through are interesting too.
This is a fun new fantasy that is guaranteed to have readers cheering for two new heroes in a future that might be our own.
It is clear that things are different in Wisty and Whit Allgood's world. The story starts with the two of them being kidnapped by The New Order on account of both of them having magic powers, which neither of them knew about. Our villain, The One Who is The One, whisks them away to be put on trial and eventually hanged. Because The One Who is the One controls every aspect of the country, even if the siblings escape, they still aren't safe.
The over-arching plot of Witch and Wizard
is unique, generating ideas as to what life would be like if events
similar to the Salem Witch Trials happened in our modern-day society.
That being said, James Patterson's idea was new and exciting, but the
book falls flat of expectations. The chapters are usually only a couple pages long with large font, and they constantly change from Wisty and Whit's points of view. I wouldn't mind this, only the change is completely random. There may be a long string of chapters narrated by Wisty and then one narrated by Whit, or vice-versa at any point in time depending on whose point of view would be most convinent to describe the scene. This is very off-putting.
Wisty and Whit themselves are bland at best, having no real personality to speak of. Wisty, age 14, is your average "rebellious" character with your average hobby of, well, pyromania. Most times her common sense suffers on account of her attitude. While this would usually define a character, in this story, she comes across as plain unintelligent. Her brother Whit, age 17, is only slightly more like-able and even less dynamic.
The plot is all over the place. While starting at the end of the book and moving backward works well in some places, the book is so short that it winds up leaving the reader confused. Things happen spontaneously with no real explanation, barely leaving you with any time to think about what happened before another event strikes. The villain, The One Who is the One, seems like a watered-down version of Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series combined with a good-natured uncle. He manages to be a little bit frightening, but not enough to be a truly good villain. His motives are so ambiguous that it's impossible to understand the point of what he does at all, and no clues are given in this book.
By this point, you might be asking why I gave it a three-star rating if I thought it had no redeeming qualities. This book didn't appeal to me in the least, but pre-teens may enjoy this book as a fast-paced adventure full of secrets and magic. It's short and can be finished quickly, and the poorly-developed characters might not bother some people. I don't recommend this book to anyone above the age of 15, nor to anyone below the age of 9 or 10.