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Published:July 25th, 2012 12:41 EST
Witch and Wizard Book Review

Witch and Wizard Book Review

By Tony Graff

 James Patterson has kept his name in the author`s spotlight for over thirty years, ranging from young adult to adult fiction. He`s most known for the Alex Cross series and for young adults, the Maximum Ride series. 

In 2009, he joined with other authors such as Suzanne Collins and Nick James in bringing dystopian novels to the center stage. Dystopia refers to novels that picture a future that isn`t like everyone`s hopes and desires of the future, with peace and cool technology that helps maintain equality and makes all dreams come true. This is the world of nightmares, where dictators maintain rule how they see fit, regardless of who or what is considered less than desirable. It makes the world we live in now seem pleasant. 

But, James Patterson takes a different road than other YA dystopian authors in Witch and Wizard, in that he blends in magic. No wands, nothing like the world of Hogwarts created by J.K. Rowling.

The novel follows Whit and Wisty, twins who have heard and seen the revolution, but never suspected that armed guards, tipped off by a fellow classmate, would storm their house, drag them off to prison and leave their parents for dead. Nor did they suspect that during that legal raid, one would inadvertently summon a tornado and the other would burst into flame.

The pace of the novel is super quick. Each chapter is only a few pages, and reads much how you would expect sibling to tell a story. It passes between each of the siblings, giving their perspective and their view of the story`s progression. It keeps the drive up, as well as the desire to read further. However, that pace get`s confusing when there`s an action sequence happening, and then it jumps to a different sibling.

Overall, Witch and Wizard is a stark novel. We see torture, government cruelty, and outright terror. It probes the minds of unjust prisoners and political undesirables. There`s a lot to enjoy about it, if you can get past the areas of choppiness caused by the shortest chapters you`ll ever read.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.