WITCH & WIZARD
Author(s): James Patterson
and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Source: Personal Purchase
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (December 14, 2009)
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?
First off, let me say that I am a fan of the Maximum Ride series even though the last book was a let down. So I thought that I would give this series a go and see if I would enjoy reading about wizards and witches. Why didn’t I take other reviews more seriously before purchasing this book? Why did I not listen to fellow blogger’s on the disappoint I would feel in this different world created by James Patterson?
The opening chapters were my favorite because it held the most excitement. I was curious to what this New Order and The One was. Why were these two siblings being captured and treated the way they were? Unfortunately, that is where my excitement for the book ended as well. We have no back history for the siblings as it starts out with their capture. I couldn’t make a connection with them and I felt cheated on many things. This book had such potential, but fell flat in this readers head. I wanted so much more than what this authors’ short chapters offered. I wanted history for the characters, secrets revealed at better points in the book, and an overall feeling of satisfaction when the ending arrived.
While the author stays true to his normal short chapters and constant story movement, I just couldn’t being myself to enjoy the story. From now on, I think I will just stay with his Maximum Ride series, but he can burn his bridge for the Witch & Wizard series.
I did not like this book at all!