N.O. Law, N.O. Logic, N.O. Order

I just got the book The Kiss by James Patterson and I’m totally excited so I figured I should give a little review on the series…

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson     description:

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?

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BOOK 1: Witch and Wizard       4 STARS

BOOK 2: The Gift          4 STARS

BOOK 3: The Fire         4 STARS

I didn’t write reviews for these at the time I read them but lucky for you I still remember them fairly well. The thing about James Patterson is that when going from one series to the next you’re going to get a variety of views. I would never suggest if you liked one book by him that you’ll like the next but he is great at writing as many different kind of people. When I read the Maximum Ride series, which stars a teenage girl, I didn’t even pick up on the fact that it was a guy writing it. I know the name James should’ve given it away but I didn’t really pay attention and then when I realized he’s the same guy that wrote Alex Cross I was like wow that’s definitely jumping genre’s. So, as I was asked once by a fan of Alex Cross, this is indeed about a Witch and Wizard. Magic is a big thing is this book.

The chapters jump view from the brother and sister in this story, Whit and Wisty, which really added to it because then they could be in different places in the city or underground world, they could be doing different things, and you still got the whole picture while also seeing it as they did. Seeing how they feel and react which is a great thing about first person stories. I also love the kind of joke in this, that the New Order takes over and so now everywhere there’s signs that say things like N.O. law, The Council of N.O. “Arts”… which fit since they’re very much about saying ‘no’ to everything. It’s almost like a big brother society where The One Who Is The One is constantly watching and everyone is turning on everyone else. Children are being used as spies and being trained to take over and kill and torture… there are a lot of twist and turns where bad guys become good guys then turn bad again… and you never really know who to trust or what’s going to happen next… But even as dark as this series is, so many people are killed, there isn’t a lot of perfect endings going on here… there is also a little levity with the characters being rather spunky and a lot of the jokes of real world stuff that get’s outlawed there… like names of books and singers, which they have a full listing in the back of the books… example:

Gary Blotter and the Guild of Rejects: The deeply troubling story of a delusional boy who realizes his job as a scribe is much easier when he uses his so-called magical powers.

Swifty Tailor: Country music superstar who was famous for her bouncing curls and silly romantic folk songs as she was for breaking the hearts of handsome movie stars. Upon the arrival of Order to the world, she was swiftly jailed for her insistence on referencing “romance” and “love” in her work.

free will(noun): A delusional idea that humans are in control of their own destiny and not subject to the benevolent rule of The One Who Is The One. Because of the popularity of this disgraceful way of thinking among unenlightened previous generations, citizens today need constant reminders that submission to the New Order is the One true way.

all in all for me it was an amazing series to read honestly I thought it ended with The Fire so I’m curious what exactly is going on with The Kiss… but hopefully it’s just as good…

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