The world is changing - the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For fifteen-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. The new ...
The world is changing - the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For fifteen-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. The new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. Imprisoned together and condemned to death, Wisty and Whit begin exhibiting strange abilities and powers they never dreamed of. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out. Can this newly discovered witch and a wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?
Read through it quickly . It was a very good book and the seller I got it from sent it out quickly. Im glad it was affordable.
Sep 2, 2010
Was very Disapointed in it.
I expected more from the book. I felt like it was a copy of Harry Potter for adults.
Jan 15, 2010
Not Another Harry Potter Type Book
This is the first book in a series to come about Wisty and Whit Allgood discovering that they are a witch and a wizard, the prophecies surrounding them, and the dangerous challenges they must face together. When the brother and sister are arrested in the middle of the night, in their home, you feel like you?ve come in on the middle of a story, and not from the start. I kinda felt like I may be missing something. Both Wisty and Whit accept what they are and what they can do a lot easier than what I would have expected. Whit is a gorgeous and buff teen who sees his dead girlfriend?s ghost. Wisty reminds me of ?Firestarter? with her pyrokinesis. Naturally, The One Who Is The One, is the most powerful wizard who is changing the world and the worlds surrounding to his rule. He is obviously afraid of the powerful Allgood siblings. The story is basic, fast paced, and had me so curiously interested that it keeps me reading until the end just to find out how it would end. It is no where near as good as the Harry Potter series, but I believe this is meant to be something of its own. It would probably make a great made for TV movie! And, it is not the book I expected when I read about it and ordered it. However, I am looking forward to the other books, to find out how these prophecies play out for the siblings and The One Who Is The One.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-11-16 Patterson (the Maximum Ride books) and Charbonnet launch a new series about political and cultural oppression, which suffers from some questionable storytelling choices. Ordinary teenagers Whit and Wisty are taken from their house by representatives of the oppressive "New Order." Accused of being a wizard and a witch, they're thrown in a dank prison to await execution. While there they begin to master previously unknown powers and, thanks to some otherworldly help, they manage to escape and are united with the resistance movement. The authors rely on coincidence and plot holes-each teen is allowed to bring one possession into the otherwise barbaric jail, and thus end up with magical implements. The story is further undercut by frequent recapping and short chapters, alternately narrated by the siblings, which break up the narrative for no perceivable reason. There's some fun world-building, including a stream of thinly disguised pop culture references in Wisty and Whit's alternate world (from the books of Gary Blotter to the artist Margie O'Greeffe), but even these are inconsistent (their world also includes Red Bull and the adjective Dickensian) and come across as groaners. Ages 10-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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