Showing posts with label Maximum Ride series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maximum Ride series. Show all posts

November 15, 2015

Fang by James Patterson

Angel says that Fang will be the first to die, and Angel is never wrong. Maximum Ride is used to living desperately on the run from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world--but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as this horrifying prophetic message. Fang is Max's best friend, her soul mate, her partner in the leadership of her flock of winged children. A life without Fang is a life unimaginable.

When a newly created winged boy, the magnificent Dylan, is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like the others, Dylan exists for only one reason: he was designed to be Max's perfect other half. Thus unfolds a battle of perfection versus passion that terrifies, twists, and turns . . . and meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming.
Fang seemed to go back to the formula that the first few books were following. There wasn’t as much political talk, and that made it a lot easier to read.

At the beginning of the book, it seemed as if the flock was coming closer together than they have been for a while. They were celebrating birthdays and having a good time. Then, things started going south and it wasn’t as positive.

Previously, they wanted to keep the flock together no matter what, now they face some hardships and they want to go away from that original plan. It was kind of weird to read, and I wasn’t sure where it was going.

This book was pretty sad to read if you have grown attached to the flock and them being together.
Not to mention, a new bird kid has been introduced to the series. I don’t like or dislike him yet. I will have to see if my opinion changes later.

I feel like something is up with Angel, but I don’t know what. This series is in a transition. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.

4/5 Stars

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November 14, 2015

Max by James Patterson

James Patterson's bestselling Maximum Ride series is back, with Max and the gang as The Protectors. Someone--or something--is decimating ships and sea life off Hawaii's coast, and Max and her flock find themselves sucked into the Navy's top-secret investigation of the catastrophe. Their objective: Rescue Max's activist mom from a wicked subterranean enemy. The hitch: They must dive deep into dark waters, where gruesome evil dwells... and for high-flying Maximum Ride, could there be anything more terrifying than being trapped in the great abyss? This soaring new adventure takes Maximum Ride and the Flock into terrifying new territory--fans, hold your breath!
Thankfully this book was better than the previous one. If it wasn’t, I don’t think I would have been able to finish the series.

That said, it still wasn’t that great and on par with the first few books in the series, but any progress is a little better I suppose.

Most of the book took place under the ocean, which was interesting, but they didn’t see a whole lot aside from mutant radioactive creatures.

We also saw some more evolving of the flock. Max and Fang became aware that they have a new ability, which was important for the storyline of this book.

Other than that, I didn’t feel like this book progressed the story as much as it could have. They spent the whole book just trying to solve one problem, and once it was solved, the book was over.

It was okay, but I felt like it was lacking something.

3/5 stars

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November 13, 2015

The Final Warning by James Patterson

In this breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson, a girl has to save herself from an army assembled just to capture her -- and maybe save the planet while she's at it.

Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment.

Max and the other members of the Flock -- six kids who share her remarkable ability -- have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the causes of global warming. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism -- and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.

But even in Antarctica, trapped in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. Maximum Ride is James Patterson's greatest character, a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at once.
Now, I must start by saying that this book was really odd to me. It seemed like a book that wasn’t part of the series, it just featured the same characters.
The storyline wasn’t entirely consistent with that has happened in the previous installments, and it just felt weird.
It seemed like this book was written just to talk about ‘global warming’ or climate change. I question whether Max’s mission of saving the world was always planned around this, or if it just took that turn when this book was written.

That said, being a young adult series, I don’t mind this book or series as a whole talking about such a big topic like that. It is a good way to educate young adults about global issues. Use characters that they have already connected with during earlier books, and they are more likely to keep reading and take in what the message is.

It wasn’t a bad book by any means. It was just weird to me and seemed out of place. I found myself spacing out a lot instead of being focused on the story. I guess this has just been one of the weakest in the series so far. I’m also not very sure what the title has to do with this book as nothing seemed very final.

3/5 stars

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