Review: Witch & Wizard
Wisty and Whit are pretty typical teen-agers when their world is turned upside down. Their home is invaded and they are arrested by the New Order. It seems that they have magical powers they’re not aware of. The New Order is a frightening system of government -
The New Order is a bright new future. It is a future that replaces the corrupting and illusory freedoms of so-called democracies and replaces them with a higher discipline. It has taken many, many years of planning, strategic political postings, scientific polling, demographic research, precise messaging and carefully monitored elections
In prison, Whit and Wisty discover and hone their magical abilities and realize it’s up to them to make a difference in the fight against the New Order.
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet is a YA novel that seems to be trying to cash in on the popularity of the Harry Potter series. It’s not nearly as captivating, though. I’m not sure if it’s because the concept’s old or if it’s because the relationships aren’t explored as deeply. The story alternates between Wisty’s and Whit’s viewpoints and I found this confusing at times – the chapter’s are short and I’d just get used to one narrator when the viewpoint would change.
This book was just okay for me. The action wasn’t exciting enough and the characters just didn’t draw me in. I think Witch & Wizard is aimed at the young male, reluctant reader market, which I am definitely not a part of – hopefully it will appeal to them more than it did to me.