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?
I have fallen in love with the way James Patterson writes action. I focus mostly on YA here and have been dying to get my grubby little paws on this since I heard the great marketing scheme for ARC copies at BEA 2009. I bought the book and then devoured it in half a day.
The story is dystopian. Whit and Wisty (Wisteria) are really thought out characters who have a lot of spunk but no clue that they are in fact a witch and a wizard. The book has loads of cool graphics in the form of proclamations. The story line was fast paced and very fun to read.
The book has some great names for the government officials, The One who Judges, The One who is the One and so on. Also at the end of the book is a list of banned materials that are utter hilarious parodies of books and music that have been banned or challenged at some point in America.
I have seen loads of not so great reviews on this book around online. The problem is it was marketed as a YA novel when it is purely MG. I think if that is understood going into the book then you will love it as well. It seems to be set up for a second book and I can’t wait to get it in my grasp.