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title: The Gift
author: James Patterson
series: Witch & Wizard #2
published: 13 December 2010
genre(s): dystopian, fantasy, sci fi
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When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.
But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is "The One Who Has the Gift." While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty's suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one... The Execution of the Allgoods.
The Gift is the second novel the young adult series, Witch & Wizard. The cliffhanger from the first novel led neatly into the second novel, the ongoing adventures of Whit and Wisty Allgood in their changing world. Freeland (the outlying areas populated by children who have managed to avoid being kidnapped, imprisoned, and brainwashed) is growing smaller as the New Order scouts delve farther and farther into the territory. The leader of the New Order, The One Who Is The One, is on obsessive quest to seize control of the Allgoods and their undeniable gifts. In this novel, the dystopian theme is further developed as we learn more about how the New Order operates. Magic isn’t magic, but energy. Children that they want to brainwash and use for New Order purposes are not witches and wizards, although those they don’t want are labeled as such. The characters of Whit and Wisty were further developed in this novel, more as individuals than in the first. Whit is almost obsessed with his need for his now-dead girlfriend, and Wisty has some romantic entanglements of her own. Patterson’s writing style translates well to the young adult demographic with the dialogues between the characters. It was humorous and witty at key points with the story. Once again, the chapters were fairly short, shifting the point of view of each chapter between Whit and Wisty. That technique kept the story interesting, adding texture to it. I think The Gift may have been my favorite of the two so far. The next book in the series, Witch & Wizard: The Fire, will be out in December 2011.