Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: The Gift by James Patterson


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.


As is typical of all James Patterson novels, I could not put 'The Gift' down! It is the sequel to 'Witch and Wizard', so if you just pick up 'The Gift' without having read the first one first, you may be slightly confused.

'The Gift' is the absolute perfect book for reading on a long airplane/ car/ bus/ train ride. (I would know, I read it on Amtrak). I would not, however, recommend it if you are looking for something with a deep hidden meaning or worthy of a Pulitzer prize in writing. Yes, I was hooked from beginning to end, but the characters at some times seemed superficial, and the plot kept jumping around so much it was a little confusing to follow.

Having said that, it was sure a very entertaining read, and I would still recommend you reading it at some point, especially if you liked 'Maximum Ride' or have read 'Witch and Wizard'. My advice though is maybe to wait until it comes into paperback, or if you cannot wait to find out what happens (and I understand that) get it on ebooks where the price is reduced or go to the library to check it out. But don't spend twenty dollars on something you are probably only going to read once.

3.5/5 stars


  1. Great review!!! I've been wanting to read this, and Witch and Wizard. I'll have to see if our library has them!

  2. Thank you! It is my very first.

  3. Thank you for the honest review! I have not yet heard of this one but I think I will be picking it up soon! THank you for sharing and for stopping by!

  4. Nice review. The cover on this one is really pretty but I think I'll wait until it comes out in paperback like you say ...

  5. I haven't read any of his books but they look really good. Thanks for review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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