The world is changing - the government has seized control of almost everything and kids are disappearing.
For 15 year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend, except that the new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Imprisoned together in a decrepit cell, Wisty and Whit cling to the only things they have left - a blank book, a drum stick, and each other. While searching for ways to escape, both begin exhibiting strange abilities. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out!
Can Wisty and Whit, a witch and a wizard, master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?
From James Patterson, the creator of the best-selling Maximum Ride and Daniel X novels, comes Witch and Wizard, his most terrifying and awe-inspiring series yet.
©2009 James Patterson; (P)2009 Hachette
The narrators do as good a job as could be expected with a novel that is shallow with a simplistic plot & characters that lack any depth. For a minute I actually thought this must have been the abridged edition incorrectly labeled as unabridged but a sample download of the book on my Kindle has confirmed that this book actually is that cursorily written.
It starts off with a bang, but everything following just falls flat.
Well, it wasn't what I expected. It was more like the telling of a 15 year old's worst nightmare. There's a strong message being sent here. I might change my mind after hearing the next installment, but for now, I have reservations. (the lingo of the kids is a bit over the top too)
I am about half way through this book - it is terrible. I did not like the other book that James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet wrote together and this one is not any better. I understand this is the beginning of series well I can promise I will not be continuing the series. Don't waste your time, money or credits on this book.
I heardt the critics were comparing this book to Harry Potter. I assure you there is no comparison. This book is badly written, and difficult to follow. Under the circumstances I should be entitled to an apology and a refund.
It turns our world upside down.
Hunger Games or Harry Potter
When they first meet up with Ceila and have to go crashing through the hallway
Apparently this is the first book in a planned series. The story line itself is slow - I didn't love the narration that added way too much teen-aged valley-girl inflection. There are vibes of 1984 throughout the story - government of the people becomes a government against the people. Order above common sense, etc.
Some reviewers mentioned Harry Potter currents - which I really didn't find to be true - perhaps only because Harry Potter also uses the terms "witch and wizard"? In my opinion, that's about where the similarity ends. Like some other reviewers I nearly stopped listening half-way through because I just wasn't getting into the story, I persisted and it did get better - but never to the level that I expect of a James Patterson novel.
I think the series has some good potential to get better and to develop the characters further (and I hope they do). The end of the this book doesn't offer any closure though. I'll read the next book in the series when it comes out - but I'm not at all "hooked" on the concept or the series yet.
The complete lack of character response to the new world they find themselves in is just lazy. It felt like the authors cut corners to get to the story. The idea was good it was just poorly written. Some how an evil over lord takes over the country and is able to find horrible people and places in months of taking power and convince the country to destroy everyone not as evil. There was no build up to any of this.
I would add about 100 pages of explanation and build up, maybe some back story.The point of the first book is to create your world. Its like we missed book one all together.
The only book i have ever wanted a refund on, and I've listened to hundreds. Do Not Waste Your Money!!
This book is not my usual listen. I thought I would take a chance on it since I loved the Harry Potter series and I'm so glad I did. The story really kept me tuned in to it. There is mystery, comedy, suspense, and magic all in this story. I can't wait to finish the next one. If this kind of storyline is your thing...then you will love this one.
Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.
My sons complaint was the narration as he has been combing audio books with reading for a long time. He did not like her voice. He said that the story just didn't grab him. I was surprised since this is THE James Patterson.
I am scouring all the young adult fantasy
I think Harry Potter left all the teens wanting English accents!
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