Author: James Patterson
Pages [hardcover] 309
The lastest book in the Maximum Ride series.
Opening Lines: I’m a girl of extremes. When I love something, I’m like a puppy dog [without all the licking]. When I’m cranky, I’m a wasp [like, a whole hive of ’em]. And when I’m angry, I’m a mother bear with a predator after her cubs: dangerous.
Memorable Quote: “Jackpot, Max! Jackpot!” It was Fang and he was giggling hysterically.
For those of you just joining us, Fang doesn’t giggle. Especially hysterically.
Favorite Characters: Iggy & Max
Being a kid with wings–constantly on the run–has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the Flock makes her fear the worst. And as if an impending apocalypse weren’t bad enough, birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max’s soul mate: Fang will be the first to die. Max’s desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?
[Summary taken from Goodreads]
The Flock is back, this time in the spotlight. They are sent on a charity run to Africa, trying to bring attention to the plight of the people living there without the basic things needed to survive. Unfortunately, the trip isn’t as flawless as everyone expected it to be. Throw in a [possibly] mad-scientist and a prophecy about Fang’s impending doom-well, no one can be very cheery after that.
Then, there’s Dylan. The new bird kid on the block. What’s his purpose? Is he really like the Flock? And Max has to deal with the fact that he keeps proclaiming he’s her ‘perfect other half’.
I love the Max Ride books, but I think they’ve been going downhill for a while. I wasn’t super-excited to read this, but I knew that I would eventually. I also know I’m going to read the next book [whatever it is, and whenever it comes out-if anyone knows, please tell me!] but I wasn’t overly impressed with this. When an author flat-out tells you in the summary that one of the major characters that has the love of so many fans is going to die, they’re taking a huge risk. Kill someone off, annoy thousands. Don’t kill them off, contradict yourself.
You definitely have to read the book to see for yourself the fate of Fang. I thought the book was a nice, quick read. Definitely worth checking out, but don’t bend over backwards to get it.
There was nothing that really stood out to me in this book as really impressive or really annoying, but the one thing I didn’t like was how Angel was portrayed in this book. I don’t want to say I dislike her, but, well…There’s nothing else to describe it.
“Fang” gets 3/5 stars. It was pretty good, but nothing special.
Have you read/want to read any Max Ride books? Think I should continue reading the series? Want me to review any of the other books in the series? Comment below!
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