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Review Witch & Wizard

Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard, #1)Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Publisher:Litle, Brown & Company 2010
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Bought
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 About this title from goodreads:
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 had the opportunity to listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of Witch & Wizard prior to reading the book. The first thing that piqued my interest was that the female voice was done by a woman and the male by a man. The audios I have listened to in the past ,use only one narrator for all the characters which sometimes I have to say, bothers me. Something I absolutely loved was the use of sounds to emphasize a situation on a scene. It makes the events more intense. Scenes are enhanced by climatic music and I simply loved that level of attention in the creation of this audio.

The narration is done by Spencer Locke and Elijah Wood. I greatly enjoyed Wood’s narration style because he simply takes you into Wit’s journey by making it more tangible. Spencer Locke sounded bratty and it was difficult to listen to her parts in the beginning. Nevertheless, for Wit's side of the story sake I picked the book.

Wisty and Wit live normal lives until their world is torn apart by a change in politic regimen. The New Order provided the foundations for a dystopian story. This New Order or NO for its acronym, wants to make perfection of everything they touch in society. They take people by surprise and accuse them of all sort of things but in the Allgood’s case, magic practitioners. These kids are separated from all they know and that’s when they begin to discover what they are and what they can do.

They story shows a dystopian world where kids are the door to freedom. No music, no books and no individuality are permitted by the NO regimen. Wisty and Wit are crucial to change things and they will understand it with the progression of the story. Here kids have to procure their own safety and freedom. This particular idea reminded me of Gone by author Michael Grant. In Gone, kids find themselves alone having to take care of each other while learning to survive.

I can’t help but wonder if this book was meant to be two books instead of one. It is too long. I recommend this book for young adult readers. Have in mind that sometimes this book is a little more juvenile than what we usually found in the market labeled as young adult. If you like dystopias grab this book. I consider this a good audio selection for the entertaining level this audio offers. The paperback is a good option too, but I think you should select the audio to have a more complete and interactive experience.

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