Novel Review: Maximum Ride ~ School’s Out — Forever by James Patterson

As you might remember from the last review, I picked up the first four books of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. Up next is School’s Out — Forever. I hopped right into this one right after reading The Angel Experiment, which took me two days to read. Two days later, I’d finished School’s Out — Forever. Before the review, the blurb from Mr. Patterson’s website:

Max’s heart-stopping quest to protect her “family” and investigate the mind-blowing mystery of her ultimate destiny continues in the scariest, strangest, and funniest James Patterson thriller yet.

THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT WAS JUST A TEST DRIVE. NOW, BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE MAXIMUM RIDE!

School’s Out — Forever had a similar theme to The Angel Experiment. The only real difference was a change in scenery. The flock met new friends they’d ultimately have to leave and were constantly on the run from the Erasers who seemed to pop up out of the blue. The on-going question was, how were these freaks finding Max and her buddies?

Again we saw the first point of view (POV) for Max and the third POV for everyone else. One of the joys this time was the villain POV, Ari! Ooooo. Ari was an odd sort of fellow–a seven-year-old trapped in an Eraser’s body. At times, he seemed very childish then all of a sudden he’d have a grown up moment. I was never quite sure about him. One thing for certain though, that kid needed some serious hugs.

Max met a few questionable entities this time around. I’m wondering what roles they’ll play in the future, and if they’ll be the good guys or the bad guys. Plus, I’m hoping to find out what happened to some missing villains in the next book. School’s Out — Forever left so many things up in the air. All I can say is that I’m thankful I have the next two books lined up, and the next three after are available in bookstores.

I wish I had more to say, but really the story line was simple–stay one step ahead of the bad guys, and when that fails, fight like hell and fly like your life depends on it.

Find School’s Out — Forever at:

Barnes and Nobles

The Book Depository

 

 

Or try the three box set (The Angel Experiment (Book 1), School’s Out Forever (Book 2), and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Book 3). Three books in, and I’m still enjoying this story. Find it at:

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository

Who Art Thou Thursday: Benjamin Jones

My buddy Benjamin Jones, author of the H.U.B. series, returns for an interview. Let’s find out what he’s up to, shall we? 🙂

Tell us about your most recent publication.

My most recent publication has been Humanity’s Ultimate Battle (H.U.B.) Volume 2: Blowback which is a continuation of H.U.B. Volume 1 which came out last March.

H.U.B. is a series set around vampires who, long believed to be nothing but myth and legend, do in fact exist. For years they have lived peacefully amongst humans but all that is about to change. Not content with being considered an equal to the human race, a faction has arisen that is threatening to fracture the delicate truce and engage in a global war pitting humans against vampires.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

I decided to publish independently due to the freedom it allowed me to have. I like being able to put my work out WHEN I want and HOW I want, plus I get to keep all of the profit w/out having to split it with a publishing company.

What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why?

My favorite part so far has been the book conventions. I attended one in Tulsa, Oklahoma in March and I had a BLAST meeting all the people and being able to talk about my book. And then, for those that actually purchased the book, it made me so happy!! I loved being able to take pictures with everyone that bought my book. It was truly an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to my next one which is in June.

What is your character development process?

When I initially start I have a general idea about what each character is going to be like but what I’ve found is that, as the story gets written, the characters start taking on a life of their own and they end up evolving as the story does. So, I sit back and let them grow and they usually end up being vastly different than what I had anticipated but it all works out in the end.

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The hardest part of the writing process is getting noticed because, without that, you essentially have nothing but this great piece of work that no one knows anything about. This is where the frustration and stress comes in.

What’s the easiest part?

The easiest part to me is actually the writing part itself. It’s very easy for me to put pen to paper because I feel that’s what I was born to do. It’s everything AFTER the work is finished that gets hard.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice to writers is to KEEP WRITING – that is the single most important thing that you can ever do. After that, network with your writing peers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc… Also, invest in yourself and you will always have a good return on your investment.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m actually working on two projects simultaneously, the first being H.U.B. Volume 3: The Tipping Point which is to be released on 9.10.11 and I’m also working on my romance novel entitled Head Above Water which will also be released sometime this year.

Who would you say is your biggest fan in your writing career?

My wife, most definitely. She’s been SUPER supportive in everything and always offers constructive criticism/feedback. She’s been great.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Pantser

Favorite Candy: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Worst habit: Eating too much ice cream!

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About the Benjamin Jones

Who am I? My name is Benjamin Jones and I’m what’s known as an independent (for the time being) author who is working tirelessly to make this dream of mine to be the world’s greatest writer a reality (right now I’m simply the greatest writer that 99.99998% of the world hasn’t heard of but I’m working to get that percentage a little lower).

All jokes aside, I’m a person who has a family (wife, kids, dog, cat, all that good stuff), who works a 9-5 (actually a 7-4) job by day, and writes whenever he can find the time. My goal in life is to be a writer, and it’s something that I take VERY seriously. Not having an agent at the moment I spend all my time either writing, promoting myself on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads.com/etc…., or thinking of ways to get myself noticed by people.

Keep up to date with Benjamin Jones at his Author blog or Author Website.

 

H.U.B. Volume 1 & 2 by Benjamin Jones is available at the following locations:

Smashwords

Amazon

Barnes & Nobles

 

 

Working Wednesday #3

Okay. Quick look at my goals for last week. I’m afraid I didn’t accomplish too much. I’m condensing this a bit, but to see the full plan, please refer to last week’s goals.

  • Edit Chasing Shadows
    • One scene a day
      • Last week 5/57 scenes
      • This week’s progress 6/57 scenes I’m about halfway through scene 7. Overall, I was just lame this week. I’m having a bit of issues with motivation.
  • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union
    • This will be accomplished either by working on Trinity’s Awakening
      • Last week’s word count: 21,717
      • Current word count: 22,519 I missed a couple of writing days, including tonight. Shame, shame.
  • Clean up blog and update links
    • I haven’t addressed this problem, but I’ve been on top of current posts… making sure all the links are dandy.
  • 2011 Reading Challenge ~ basically just stay on top of this. Last week I was at 18 books. My progress:

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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Really I just need to find some motivation. I haven’t even been reading like I should these past few days. <sigh>

Tuesday Teaser: H.U.B. by Benjamin Jones

Welcome to another addition of Tuesday Teaser. 🙂 Humanity’s Ultimate Battle continues in Author Benjamin Jones‘ saga, H.U.B. Today, he presents a piece from Volume 1. Enjoy!

Vampires, long believed to be nothing but myth and legend, do in fact exist. For years they have lived peacefully amongst humans but all that is about to change. Not content with being considered an equal to the human race, a faction has arisen that is threatening to fracture the delicate truce and engage in a global war pitting humans against vampires.

The first volume of an epic series is here and the world will never be the same.

Santa Catalina Island, twenty-two miles south-southwest of Los Angeles. The place that some considered a paradise – visited by more than a million visitors each year – was now a paradise lost; it was if the island had fallen asleep and had never woken up from the nightmares that continued to plague it. The smell of the ocean was damned near non-existent now as it was drowned out by the aroma of death and despair that showered the island like the most acidic of rain.

What used to be a population of thirty seven hundred residents had been reduced to a little more than two hundred, the majority of which were not native to the island – they had been transported here against their will. Those that were physically able, roughly eighty of them, congregated on the beach, tattered underclothes clinging to their sunken in frames as they washed what little bit of clothes they had in the cold water of the Pacific Ocean. The darkest circles surrounded their eyes, eyes that had lost the little flicker of hope that they once contained; that flame had been extinguished a while ago with no signs of ever returning. Most had made peace with the fact that they had ceased living and now simply existed, if that’s what you would call what they were being forced to do.

Things were not supposed to be this way. How did they let them win? Buildings were eternally dark from the absence of electricity that had been shut off long ago. Decay was widespread with trash piled up everywhere and houses falling apart from neglect. Weeds and grass penetrated the cracks in the sidewalk and streets while trash barrels were kept ignited for warmth and to cook food. This was not humanity. There had to be some kind of resistance still going. Good is always supposed to defeat evil.

 

H.U.B. Volume 1 & 2 by Benjamin Jones is available at the following locations:

Smashwords

Amazon

Barnes & Nobles

 

 

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About the Benjamin Jones

Who am I? My name is Benjamin Jones and I’m what’s known as an independent (for the time being) author who is working tirelessly to make this dream of mine to be the world’s greatest writer a reality (right now I’m simply the greatest writer that 99.99998% of the world hasn’t heard of but I’m working to get that percentage a little lower).

All jokes aside, I’m a person who has a family (wife, kids, dog, cat, all that good stuff), who works a 9-5 (actually a 7-4) job by day, and writes whenever he can find the time. My goal in life is to be a writer, and it’s something that I take VERY seriously. Not having an agent at the moment I spend all my time either writing, promoting myself on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads.com/etc…., or thinking of ways to get myself noticed by people.

Keep up to date with Benjamin Jones at his Author blog or Author Website.