Author: James Patterson
Genre: Action / Thriller ??? (suggestions please!)
Release date: 4th February 2010 UK
Target Audience: 10+
This is the first time I've reviewed part of this series on my blog. I think it is only fair that I give you five reasons why I'm a Maximum Ride addict.
Five reasons to love Maximum Ride:
1) Mutant bird kids with attitude. Hello beautiful bird wings and a huge chip on the shoulder. Max and her flock are 98% human 2% bird.
2) Mutant bird kids kick some serious evil scientist ass! Max is our leader and yay she is a girl! She doesn't wash enough, brush here hair enough and she can't cook. But she is super strong and the bird-kid equivalent of a Ferrari. She has a huge problem with authority and anyone in a white coat. Go Maximum!
3) Fang - who does not love Fang? He's your silent, lacking emotional facial expressions, second-in-command and mysterious type. He even has a blog. Go Fang! (My absolute favourite character).
4) Cliffhanger chapter endings every time. It makes this series impossible to put down. Like seriously, my hands just refuse to stop turning pages.
5) All out action. You can barely take a breath reading these books because the action is not-stop.
Yep, it is true. I'm a mutant bird kid addict!!! I want my own flock. Applicants apply below!
Now, in the interests of balance. It is only fair that I give you five reasons to not read this series.
Five reasons to hate Maximum Ride with a passion:
1) No description. I mean these books are seriously lacking in the description department. When I was reading the first few pages of The Angel Experiment, my mind was like "what is this nonsense?" It takes a while to get the hang of reading without the pretty writing.
2) No peace. Every time part of the story is resolved it is swiftly followed by another crisis. Bad guys with guns, scary mutants that are not bird kids, evil scientist dudes. You get the picture. There is not time to just sit and love the characters.
3) Repetition. Each book is the same. Nothing really changes. It is the same plot over and over and over.
4) Angel. She is so annoying with her little "I should be the leader complex". I find it frustrating. She is no angel people.
5) Unanswered questions. For Max and for the reader. I just want to know how exactly Max is meant to save the world! I'm pretty sure she does too.
Warning: This review is a bit out there crazy-wise!
Now for the all important review of Fang:
Did I mention that he is my favourite character? Oh, I did. Okay so any book which is titled with his name has got my undying attention. This book finds the flock in Africa trying to publicise the humanitarian crisis in Chad. Of course, who happens to be there waiting for them? Yes, you guessed it! Another evil scientist. Bad, bad scientist wants to do more experiments on Max and the flock to speed up their genetic advancement. What does Max do? She tells the mad man where he can put his needle and gets the hell out of there. Go Max!
But there is a more sinister problem in this book. That nutty doctor has created Max's perfect mate: Dylan. One hunky blond mutant bird kid. But the flock were a one-off, weren't they? Scary stuff. Trouble is, this Dylan is hot! Poor Max, he has been made to fit her perfectly. So what does she do? Avoids him like the plague. And Fang? Of course, she loves Fang. HELLO! How could she not be in utter, complete, turn your mutant wings upside down LOVE with him? Then there is the tiny little problem of the prophetic Angel saying quite categorically that Fang will be the first to die and it will be soon. Hell NO! NO! NO! Did I mention that he was my favourite character?!
This book is an action-packed, rollercoaster with lots of the usual mysterious and dark scienitifc goings-on. Of course, it has humour. Max has such a great voice. I love reading the story from her stubborn and determined perspective. I don't want to tell you what happens. If you love this series like I do, once you've read the first few chapters you'll be completely absorbed. I will tell you that I actually cried at the end. I cried at Maximum Ride. I bow my head in shame. What can I say? I'm total mutant bird kid addict. I'm very attached to these characters. Yes, of course this is an appalling written series but it is action-packed and really entertaining. Read Fang if you've loved the other books!