Sunday, September 11, 2011


Book 1 in the Maximum Ride Series
By James Patterson
Published by: Little, Brown & Company
First Printing: April 11, 2005
ISBN-13: 978-0316067959
ISBN-10: 0316067954
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Concept: “In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?” [From Goodreads.]

Review: I first read When the Wind Blows which was touted as the .5 to this book. However, the characters are different, the story is different, nothing is really the same. The only likeness is the fact that there are mutant kids running around and they are trying to escape the bad guys from the evil school/institute that created them. It’s like Patterson started the story one way and then went “hey, I do this for a young adult audience instead!” So it all started out very confusing to me. I loved When the Wind Blows. I did. This story, not so much. It was boring. The entire 400 pages was about these mutant kids running from the bad school guys. There were no answers provided. Only questions with names and more names. The redeeming qualities to this book were that you were introduced thoroughly to the various mutant kids and by the end of the book, you pretty much know them all, really well. I have no idea what the story was about or why the story ever was. I wish Mr. Patterson had stuck with the first story.

What I disliked: How slow it all was. The chapters were very short (thankfully) but everything was so boring and so slow.

What I liked: I liked the characters. Patterson has a way of writing his characters that really pulls you in.

My rating: 3.5 Feathers

By Kelly
for Book Lover's Hideaway

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Karen said...

I had never heard of When the Wind Blows until recently. I have read the first few books from the series. It's cute and enjoyable but it stopped being a must read awhile ago so I haven't bothered with the last few.

LM Preston said...

Aww, sorry you didn't love it. My daughter did and so did my DH who loved it. But they just liked the action.

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