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"Did we just go back in time? Last I looked this was the twenty-first century, not the seventeenth!"
Witch & Wizard is a dystopian future/fantasy YA series by James Patterson and a number of co-writers. The eponymous first book was released in 2009; subsequent novels were published in 2010 and 2011, with the fourth novel to be released in 2013.Whitford "Whit" Allgood and his younger sister Wisteria "Wisty" have been accused of being a wizard and witch. The government decides that they're "different" and sentences them to death. However, as the page quote suggests, it’s not the time of the original witch trials, but Twenty Minutes into the Future, when the New Order has taken over the government and condemned art.At first, Whit and Wisty are convinced there must have been a misunderstanding, but then their powers start to show...and all hell starts breaking loose.The series is being given a manga adapation by Yen Press and consists of four novels thus far:
Crapsack World: Hoo boy, is it ever ! The New Order has brainwashed people, banned books, art, and music, and they are taking innocent children and either torture them, turn them into soldiers, and much, much more. Not to mention, the distrust, bombs,Shadowland...
Patchwork Map: The city where most of the action takes place is said, as of book 4, to be surrounded by a wide variety of dangerous landscapes. These include the Mountain to the west, a desert in the south, and a forest to the east, beyond a river too dangerous to cross.
Playing with Fire: Wisty often catches on fire. "You want to see a real witch burning?"
Plot Hole: In one chapter, the protagonists are inside a supposedly magic-proof cell, held captive by the New Order. Wisty manages to magically open the cell door (which is locked) right before a prison guard enters the cell. The guard had to have seen the door open by magic, but simply leads the prisoners into a torture chamber and never mentions the would-be escape. To say the guard Failed a Spot Check would be an understatement.
Actually, the Visitor opened the door. The chapter cut off right as the door unlocked, for effect. It only made it look like Wisty had used magic to pop open the lock. Unless the Visitor and Wisty opened the lock at exactly the same time...Hmm...
However, the slang isn't so much outdated as it is offbeat, particularly in the first book, which is jam-packed with terminology like "pukka" (cool), "erlenmeyer" (flat New Order-type person), and "mingus" (dirty place).