Reviews for Gift
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Siblings Whit and Wisty (Witch & Wizard) continue their fight against the oppressive regime that has taken power. The protagonists attempt to harness their magical powers and free their parents. Perspective switches between the siblings as the story progresses, allowing us to see events from both--sometimes very different--perspectives in this dark and involving, if occasionally meandering, tale. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2010 October #2
Whit and Wisty Allgood, sibling magic-users with amazingly unreliable powers, return to fight with their utterly expendable teen comrades against The One Who Is The One, dread master of the New Order, who hates the young and those with imagination (Witch & Wizard, 2009). Whit and Wisty carry out a mission and are betrayed. They are captured and escape. They run and are captured again. They try to save their parents (for naught), but spooky unknown forces save the teens who (obviously) live to fight again in the upcoming sequel. Fiction brand Patterson returns with a new co-author, Rust, to pick up the story of the Allgoods, and what they offer is more nonsensical, inconsistent blather. There are no characters that even rise to the level of stereotypes and no genuine emotions in this embarrassing attempt at a "fantasy" series that insults both genre and audience at every turn. At best, it reads like a Carol Burnett Sci-Fi sketch with all of the mugging and none of the laughs. A new low in children's publishing. (Fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2011 February
Gr 7-10--In Witch & Wizard (Little, Brown, 2009), Whit and Wisty Allgood were taken from their family in the middle of the night, accused of witchcraft, and imprisoned by the corrupt government. This sequel picks up as Whit manages to save his captured sister from public execution. On the run from "The One Who Is The One" (the evil ruler of this apocalyptic world), the siblings' recently discovered magical powers are their only hope of finding their rebel cohorts and escaping capture and certain death. Once safe for the moment, Whit becomes preoccupied with finding his murdered girlfriend in the Shadowlands and jotting poetry/spells in his magic journal. Wisty practices her power of controlling fire while dabbling in an occasional musical performance and exploring a budding romance with the drummer of a popular rebel rock band. There is no real safe haven for these siblings, though, and they find themselves imprisoned once again by "The One" with only a would-be traitor holding their key to escape. The action is relentless and there are too many close calls to count in this supernatural suspense thriller. The narration alternates between brother and sister, which, particularly in these very short chapters, can be confusing. Patterson's trademark mastery of gruesome and terrifying imagery makes this otherwise dull tale come alive a bit as readers are whisked at breakneck speed toward a culmination with no resolution. This sequel can stand alone, but is unlikely to draw new readers into the series.--Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ [Page 117]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2011 February
The Resistance efforts of Wisteria Rose and Whitford P. Allgood against the New Order, a brutal totalitarian regime, continue in The Gift. Whit and Wisty find themselves at the head of the Resistance, trying to find and save their parents, who have been arrested for the practice of magic, and trying to restore freedom of reading, music, and creativity of all kinds while being chased, arrested, and punished by The One Who Is The One. Fortunately for Whit and Wisty, they have special powers that grow stronger as the story unfolds. Whit, Wisty, and the children of the Resistance face physical and emotional brutality, yet they are able to work together and fight against the evil and very powerful The One Who Is The One. Learning who to trust and who to fear becomes very difficult as they are attempting to understand exactly what the New Order ruler wants, why he wants it, and how far he is willing to go to get it. World control is within the grasp of this evil, powerful ruler with magic of his own--all he needs is the magic powers of Whit and Wisty. This is an action-filled story that contains some twists along the way. Whether Whit and Wisty are successful will depend on the next highly anticipated book in this series. Patterson and Rust send a very powerful message to children to believe in themselves, each other, and their own special talents. The allusions to books, artists, and music are an added bonus. The topics of children vs. adults, violence, magic, music, and romance make this an edgy novel sure to please many readers . . . boys and girls alike.--Lona Trulove 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.