Novel Review: Maximum Ride ~ The Final Warning by James Patterson

As I mentioned, I purchased the first four books of this series from my local used bookstore for $2 each. What a bargain. 🙂 This is the last of them.  I don’t see myself continuing with this series unless the other books miraculously appear at the used bookstore for cheap again. So, I’ll do a summary wrap up for the entire series here. But first, the blurb from Mr. Patterson’s website:

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. Their ability to fly could help the scientists conquer this epic problem. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism–and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the flock faced off against super-villains who were super-dumb. I mean, not an ounce of intelligence floated around in the brains of the bad guys. It was really sad, to be honest.  They were worse than Lash in Lover Mine (see review here). Most of my notes were about how the villains were too stupid to live (TSTL). So I’ll warn you now… this review won’t be all intensive.

Then we had the whole thing about wanting to have a world full of only flawless super-people… one thing, we have beings that don’t even have enough body parts to be mobile in control. Huh? Do the leaders plan to terminate themselves in the end? This all falls under the TSTL category.

Once again, this book was filled with repetition… so much so, I wondered if Mr. Patterson had amnesia at times. Characters verbalized thoughts other characters had. We had the kiss and run scene from the prior book in here. Come on… can’t we get a little something original? I’m sitting here laughing about the entire book right now. I swear this is one of those books the author writes just to see how much he/she can get away with and have people make the purchase.

The biggest disappointment of the whole book…

If you want to skip spoilers now’s the time to stop reading…

The saving the world nonsense? OMG!!!! It was about saving the planet from global warming. I can’t believe the entire series led up to something as mundane as that. Yeah… I’m all for taking care of the planet and all, but a superhero book with a green peace plot? Fang and Max really got into though. It was a race between the two, I swear it was. Who could save the world first and in the biggest way. Their egos totally got blown out of the water, this time around, especially Max. I am Max; here me roar!

So my overall impression of the series:

If you want realistic plots and scenarios, don’t bother… you’ll just piss yourself off. If you’re looking for a good laugh with quirky dialogue and thoughts, give it a try. Despite my ranting, I had a wonderful time with this series and laughed the entire way through, minus one time during book three where I considered tossing the book out the window. If you’re interested in what I had to say about the other books in the series, check out my reviews here.

Find The Final Warning at:

Barnes and Nobles

The Book Depository



Looking for the prior books in the series? 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).

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository

0 thoughts on “Novel Review: Maximum Ride ~ The Final Warning by James Patterson

  1. I haven’t tried any of his books, though kudos to him for finding such success as an author. I have to admit, though, I thought that was an indie book cover at first. 😛 Shadow Cat is way better! 😉

  2. Definitely was a great time passerbyer. I hope that word gets added to the dictionary, cause I rather like it. I think I finished this entire series in about a week.

    Thanks for the compliment, Lindsay

    I’m not a mystery fan, which is what I thought he ONLY wrote. My oldest daughter was reading the first one in the Angel Experiment series, and the cover caught my eye. A different cover than the one I have and a lot more catchy. That one kind of reminded me of Susan Bischoff’s upcoming release, Heroes Til Curfew.

    Since he was so popular in mystery, I wanted to see what he had going in a genre I was enjoying. There’s a lot to like about the series, especially the first book despite the redundancy. I have mixed views about the entire thing, but I certainly don’t regret reading it. With hindsight being 20/20, I still would have read the first four books.

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