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.

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Novel Review: Maximum Ride ~ Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

the blurb from Mr. Patterson’s website:

The time has arrived for Max and her winged ‘Flock’ to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of ‘Re-evolution’, a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest.

Before I start, I will mention this is not exactly spoiler free.

I mentioned in my prior reviews (The Angel Experiment and School’s Out — Forever) that the flock had an established routine. The Baddies came, the flock fought, the flock fled. Rinse and repeat. This time Mr. Patterson switched it up on us a little. The Baddies came, the flock fought, the flock was captured, the flock fought, the flock fled. Rinse and repeat. So I asked myself, why in the world am I continuing to read this book if it’s so predictable. Then the answer came to me on the next page where I cracked up laughing. I turned the page again, and I had another bout of the giggles. This book is just plain hilarious. And the dog, Total, his dry sense of humor is just too much for me sometimes. I have to hand it to Mr. Patterson, he knows how to keep me amused.

As for the plot… sucky sucky. Like I said, predictable and stale. Well… not always predictable. Sometimes the story was just plain fantastic. And when I say fantastic, I’m not talking about awesome, great, I’m talking about outrageously unbelievable.

For one, the head honchos had some serious faulty logic going on, which made the entire villain aspect crazy dumb. Which brings us to the intelligence of the scientist–crazy dumb. I still don’t understand why Max and her flock are alive. How hard is it to kill a bunch of kids confined to cages? Call me crazy dumb (tee hee), but a few bullets to the head at close range could do it, right? It’s not rocket science. It’s just ridiculous. They can gene splice but can’t figure out how to exterminate a bunch of kids in cages.

I could deal with the scientist taking oxymoron to a whole new level, but it was an impossible escape which had me in an uproar. Here’s the thing… the book is in Max’s POV most of the time… first person. So it would make sense that I would know what she knows, right? After all, she’s telling me her story. Only thing… we get to the place where the flock is doomed… no way out… the end. Then all hell breaks loose and then Max hits us with the bomb. She’s planned it this way all along. What!??! I didn’t hear about any plan, and I should know cause I was right there INSIDE Max’s head!

The only logical explanation I have for this is Mr. Patterson wrote this by the seat of his pants and backed himself into a corner. Instead of having a viable solution he build a secret magic door and let everyone hop through. OMG! Just thinking about that lame ass escape upsets me. I thought about not finishing the book. That lasted about an hour then I continued. Two pages later, I was laughing again. Did I mention this book is highly amusing despite the below substandard plot?

So we know Max et al. are looking for their real parents. This time Max gets thrown a bone. It was so Jedi like too… except it wasn’t. If Max had been Luke, the scene would have gone like this.

Darth Vader: Luke, I am your father. *yeah… for you fact nuts, I know he doesn’t actually say that… but go with me.

A few scenes later, Luke meets up with Obiwan.

Obiwan: Darth Vader is a liar. I am your father.

Luke: What?

Obiwan: And Yoda is your mother.

You don’t believe me? I swear, it went down like that in Saving the World. Read the book if you think I’m lying!

Anyway, I picked out my favorite line from the entire book. I swear this sums up my reaction perfectly… if you take out the “probably life threatening part.” Spoken by Max:

“Something asinine, probably life threatening, and guaranteed to make me angry every time I remember it for the rest of my life.”

Now tell me she didn’t nail that one!

And yes, I am going on to the next book. Why? I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be in for a lot of laughs.

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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:

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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.

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Novel Review: Maximum Ride ~ The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Maximum Ride – The Angel Experiment by James Patterson was one of my bargain finds at the local used bookstore. I picked up the first book and thought, oh look… my oldest daughter was reading this a few weeks ago. Then I spotted another and another and another from the series. Freakin’ jackpot! I’d managed to pick up the first four books of the series all for two bucks each! Hooyah! Originally I told my youngest daughter they were for her… kind of… for us, I mean. Unfortunately for us… I mean, her… we were both reached the end of our current reads at the same time. I pawned off some long ass series to her, which is more adult… okay… all adult <cough> BDB <cough> and hoarded the Maximum Ride series for myself. Yeah… I know I was wrong. This doesn’t count as contributing to the delinquency of a minor, does it? She’s still on Dark Lover, by the way, and I’m on the third book in the Maximum Ride series. I’m so thankful I didn’t have to wait for her to finish. Blah blah… the blurb from Mr. Patterson’s website:

Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. Six kids who are pretty normal in most ways—except that they’re 98 percent human, 2 percent bird. They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they’re free. Aside, of course, from the fact that they’re prime prey for Erasers – wicked wolflike creatures with a taste for flying humans.

First of all, can I say AWESOME opening? Too bad it turned [SPOILER]. Guess you’ll just have to find out yourself. Okay… seriously, the review.

Some interesting things about this book. The Angel Experiment is told from several viewpoints, but mostly Max’s. Not strange in itself, but Max’s (point of view) POV is told in first person while the other characters are told in third person. Kind of neat. I rather liked it.

The chapters are short-short. We’re talking 2-3 pages, 4 pages MAX per chapter. The thing with the short chapters is they’re almost exactly the way I read. I’m the type of gal who’ll stop in the middle of a scene, which is what the chapters often did. Then when I come back to a work, I have to find where I left off. The chapters are so short, I have no problem making it to the next chapter. I think I might have stopped in the middle of a chapter once.

In terms of the writing, I think this work could have been a bit shorter. I know, I know… last week I was talking about lengthening Spiderwork… I just can’t be pleased. Mr. Patterson seemed quite fond of repeating himself. Yes, I know Max has a 13-foot wingspan. Yes, Iggy is blind. Fang is the silent one. Angel is her baby. Nudge, by the way, is black. I thought I’d mention this because I don’t think Mr. Patterson comes out and says it until the second book. Here she’s called tanned… just clarifying an issue. 🙂 That was one tidbit Mr. Patterson didn’t reiterate 30 times. Anyway, I’m just saying my attention span isn’t so short I’d have difficulty remembering something three pages back.

Enough of that. I truly enjoyed The Angel Experiment. I’m already in book 3… so that says a lot. The only reason I’m not reading Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports right now is because I’m afraid the story lines will blend into one another. So why did I like this one, you ask?

Plotwise: The story kept me engaged. Even when I hit part 6 (last part) and thought how much I was tired of the cat and mouse games, I still had my nose in the book, wondering what’s next. The entire story was pretty much about when the bad guys (Erasers) would show up and how Max and her flock would escape.

Characters: Each one was unique in their behavior, personality, and motivation. Funny thing about the thoughts and speech of the characters… they seemed a bit… not modern. Cause really, how many kids knew who Judy Garland was? It’ll be interesting to see what my daughter says about it. I’ll have to ask my oldest if some of these things were over her head. Being not so young, the analogies worked for me. I chalked off their cultural knowledge and references to being isolated from civilization for most of their lives.

I know this review is rather sparse, but really there wasn’t much to the book. The Erasers came, the flock fought, the flock fled. Rinse and repeat.

Anyway, I leave you with my favorite line from the book (page 150):

You think you need all your stuff, your favorite cup, your best blanket, soap, your parents — and then you realize that all you really need is to be where the Erasers can’t get you.

I swear, that line pretty much summed up the entire book.

By the way, if you stop with this book, you’ll be lacking the entire story. This definitely ends in a “What’s Next?”

Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews of the Maximum Ride series.

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Or get started with 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:

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