Friday, May 28, 2010

Witch and Wizard

I finished Witch and Wizard by James Patterson yesterday. It was pretty good.

When I first started reading the book, I thought it might be some kind of Harry Potter rip off. Other than the children being witches and wizards and maybe some similarities in spells that were cast, the stories didn't have too much in common. Oh, wait, the antagonist is an all powerful adult, sort of like Voldemort too. Other than THAT, the stories were different.

There were parts of the book that reminded me of another book. The 'adult' society in Witch and Wizard reminded me of Camazotz in A Wrinkle in Time. It was that same institutional, grayscale conformity kind of environment in which creativity is frowned upon.

This book was geared more toward kids than Patterson's usual YA fiction. Most of the adults acted as enemies. The same is true of the Maximum Ride series, but I thought it was more noticable in Witch and Wizard.

The story was pretty fast-paced, and there is some decent imagery. I wouldn't call Witch and Wizard brilliant but it's a decent read. It gets B+.


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