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 wanted to like this book, and to tell the truth, I almost did. I read the sequel, "The Gift", and I attempted to read the one after that, "The Fire". This book graces a list on Goodreads called "Books You Hate but Read Anyway." That pretty much sums this series up for me. By the time I got to the third book, I was just disappointed that I had sat on the library waiting list for 4 months. It was really not worth the wait.
The first book was okay. The story was just getting started and so it was mildly entertaining and interesting. I quickly got tired of the predictable action scenes where Whit and Wisty get caught in the cross-hairs of The One and manage to narrowly escape. The main characters, bother and sister wizard and witch, don't seem to have much of an agenda. They just run around as catastrophic things happen, all the while shouting sarcastic remarks at everyone.
Teenagers have been given a stereotype of being edgy, cranky, and sarcastic. This series took that stereotype to the extreme. While most teenagers do harbor these characteristics, they tend to surface on occasion, not every minute of every day. I got very tired of the continuously poor attempt of an author trying to connect with a much younger audience.
But by all means, if you have nothing else to do with your time, give this series a try. You might love it.
On a side note, I absolutely love the covers for the entire series. They make the books look much better than they are.
Reading Level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company