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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Review: Angel

Author: James Patterson

Release date: 3rd March 2011
Series: Book 7 Maximum Ride
Genre: Action / Sci-fi Thriller
Target audience: 10+
UK Publisher: Random House

Note: This review contain some spoilers for previous books in the series.


Angel is the seventh book in Maximum Ride series – an all action, angry attitude and mad-scientists taking over the world story.

This novel begins with Max in emotional turmoil following the ending of Fang (book 6). It’s been a week since Max’s world fell apart and so we find her up a tree and for once wallowing in self-pity. Don’t worry, it doesn’t last for long. Max is her usual chip on the shoulder, the flock against the world self when human kids start turning up brainwashed by the Doomsday Group. Max knows she is destined to save the world but she was happier when it was a small step at a time rather major catastrophes waiting to happen.

I do love this series. Max is a great strong female lead – she’s sarcastic, she’s not one for emotional displays (unless it’s anger) and she’s ready to kick evil scientist butt. The great thing about these books is they are easy to read. They take no time at all – this one took me just a couple of hours and I did enjoy it with a wry humour. And it was satisfying. For readers who love short snappy chapters, colourful characters and not much description, then these will be a winner.

However, there is very little thematic depth to them. You’re not going to come away with questions to contemplate about human existence. You might think genetic experimentation on humans is wrong or open to debate but that’s pretty much as far as it goes.

The plot is typical of this series too – the flock against the scientist baddies. Entertaining for sure but not complicated. At this point having read seven books, I began to doubt that the ending of the series is in sight. I wonder if the author even knows how it ends and that made me a little unsettled. How much commitment to a series should an author expect from a reader? Anyway, when I got to the end of the book, there was a page saying the finale is out this year. So that’s a relief. I want to see it to the end and know that there is a thought out character arc and climax to the story.

No review would be complete without mentioning Angel as within the series context this is her book. At seven years old she comes of age in this book. But her intentions are never clear. Is she a manipulator or has she accepted that Max is the rightful leader of the flock? I should mention here that Angel can read minds, breathe underwater and kick some serious butt.

Overall, a page-turning thriller full of mutant-bird kids attempting to save the world from destruction and mass murder. What’s not to love?

Source: Borrowed from the public library.

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