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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Review: Fang (Maximum Ride Book 6)

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!


Luisa at Chicklish said...

What a wonderful review! I love your observations about Angel. And: "I'm a total mutant bird kid addict." LOL! I love it. Thank you very much for brightening my day! :)

I Want To Read That said...

So I get the impression you kind of like this Fang character...? :) Great review - I haven't read this series although I do have the first book. Will have to check it out soon:)

Shweta said...

Why do you do this to people like me? I HAVE to read this now. Should I even mention how awesome this review is !!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I need to try this series. Great review.

The Book Bug said...

Every time I go into a bookshop I'm really tempted to read the last page, because evrywhere I go everyone is FRIGGIN TELLIN ME that I need to read it and the ending is omg.

Anyhowz, awesome review. I think I'll read Max next week and convince someone to lend me it.

Jo said...

I take it you're a bit of a fan then, eh, Becky? Haha! Great review! I'm not sure if I want to try this series or not. Your review was almost glowing, but... it seems a little young. I do prfer older YA novels to the younger. Hmm, not sure. Thanks for the review though! :)

Nina said...

Oh my, should I add this one to my tbr list. I don't know.. After reading your fantastic review I am sold! :)

The Book Bug said...

Impressive fangirling ;) Oh and I forgot to mnetion that this review was really funny. I agree about Angel. That kid could not get anymore annoying. And Fang- I will make JP re-write the book or any book where Fang dies.

Aye.Me? said...

I've really enjoyed this series, and Fang is my fave character by far... I don't know if I can handle it if he dies... and you crying doesn't bode well. EEEP!
Funny review. :)

Lea said...

Your enthusiasm is so contagious! I've got all the books (except for this one) on my shelf, just waiting to be read. Perhaps I'll take a peak into TAE tonight?

Awesome review, Becky! :)

Cleverly Inked said...

My BestFriend cant stop raving about this series. Great review

Book Monster said...

See it may be the same plot over and over again, but somehow we all keep coming back to it lol.
Have you ever seen Cased Closed? It's a t.v show. since 1990 to now it's be almost the exactly the same plot over and over and over again. Even with the movie versions. And the plot questions are never answered. But somehow I keep watching it, because it's addicting.
Nice, truthful review!!

prophecygirl said...

I'm looking forward to reading this - I LOVE Maximum Ride! Thanks for an ace review :)

Lauren said...

Fab review, especially the five reasons to love *and* five reasons to hate. Great stuff! I've only read the first one of these, and although on paper it sounds like something I'd love, I didn't take to it as much as I'd hoped. However... now you're making me remember how much I liked Max's voice too. I'm kind of torn.

Alayne said...

I have an award for you at The Crowded Leaf. Happy Friday!

Julie P. said...

Great review! You are hilarious! Thanks so much for sharing!