Love some of Patterson's work, really love YA fiction and really really love a good dystopian novel. This book though didn't have too much to love. The premise was great... the world has been taken over by "the one who is the one" and the government runs everything. Teenage siblings Whit and Wisty are taken away from their parents and put in prison for no reason that they are aware of. While in prison they discover they both have unusual powers... this all sounds great but it really wasn't. I really had a hard time with this book. For one it's a YA book but it seemed like the author really doesn't know young adults. A lot of the dialogue between characters is just ridiculous. Another problem in the book was there was really no excitement. Things happen but not in a way that you really cared to keep reading to see what was next. Also, the plot was very thin. It kind of happened but it was almost missed. Then comes the lovely (*sarcasm*) cliffhanger and the end of the book. So okay, I'm gonna read book 2 but if it doesn't get better (cliffhanger or not), I'm not going any further.
Witch and Wizard is about two teenagers, a brother and sister who are a wizard and witch. They get taken out of their home, thrown into prison, starved, and put through hell by a New Order or "N.O." of adults that are afraid of kids' powers but especially theirs. Throughout the book, the brother and sister, learn about their powers and their destiny to help others and to save kids from this New Order and new rules.
This book may remind some readers of the Salem witch trials, Hitler's rule, the book and "1984' by George Orwell. All of these events are times when bad things happen to good people just because they are different and have the power to influence the world in a good yet powerful way. This book helps to remind readers that things that happen in history can continue to happen if we do not learn from our mistakes and if we do not learn to accept each others' differences. We need to keep remembering that differences do not make us bad and can actually change the world in positive ways and give everyone hope. James Pattern conveys this message in a powerful way and keeps his readers guessing until the very end and wanting to know what happens next. He really lets the reader feel like they can relate to the characters and that even one person can make a difference if they are willing to stand up for what they believe in. It is not only a book about important lessons, but it has people with special powers, escape scenes and there is something for every kind of reader in this book.
I realized it was written for younger folks, but it is really too simplistic. Won't be reading the rest of the series.