James Patterson (with Gabrielle Charbonnet) : Witch & Wizard
Young Arrow, 2010, 314 p. ISBN 978-0-099-54374-9. € 9,95 (£ 5.99).
The cover text reminded me of Mercedes Lackey’s short story Wet Wings, but the book also brings to mind what George Orwell wrote about Big Brother. The world, taken over by the New Order, has turned into a nightmare, where there’s no place for art, for nonconformists or for most teenagers. Chewing bubblegum on the street is a crime, and so are witchcraft and wizardry, of which Whit and Wisty Allgood are accused. They are taken away from their parents and put in prison where executions awaits them once they turn 18. To their astonishment, it appears that they do have magical powers. And the adventure starts, through prison and ‘mental hospital’, through other levels of reality, into a place where young people try to save the world as they knew it. To be continued in part 2, The Gift (with Ned Rust).