In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, 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. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them–but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?
At last! A Maximum Ride I couldn’t put down.
That is, half of it. At long last, Patterson answers some questions and cuts the flock in half, so that the reader can switch between one half and the next rather than reading about all the travel time. I felt like the flow was better in this one, there were unexpected twists and turns, and Saving the World – and Other Extreme Sports renewed my faith in the hype about the Maximum Ride series… enough that I will be picking up the next book when I run out of things to read.
However, for me, this book wasn’t perfect. Understanding that it is intended for younger readers, some of the goings-on, especially under Fang’s plotline with his blog, just didn’t do it for me as a reader. I do, however, think that younger readers will enjoy that plotline – it is the idea of kids (not just the flock, but all kids) making a stand, and I like the premise behind it, even if she my point of view it felt a little cheesy. I genuinely believe that if I were five, six years younger, I would’ve loved that angle. Really.
And, lo, do I sense a little state-of-the-world disgruntlement, James Patterson? I do like the ideas behind the series – genetic biology, environmentalism – even when I find the characters a little much.