Monday, March 26, 2012

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

by James Patterson
422 pages

This first book in the Maximum Ride series is action-packed.  Max and her "flock" are kids who have been genetically enhanced with avian DNA to give them superhuman abilities.  Among these is the ability to fly.  Four years ago, with the help of an adult scientist, they escaped "The School," the lab in which they were enhanced, held captive, and tortured.  They have been living in hiding since that time.  Unfortunately, their lives are turned upside down when they are discovered by the Erasers, and the youngest of the flock, Angel, is kidnapped and taken back to "The School."  It is up to Max and the rest of the flock to break her out.

Overall, this was a fast-paced, action-packed novel.  Despite it's apparent thickness, this is a pretty quick read.  Max is a witty, self-deprecating narrator, so I can definitely see why it is popular with teens.  However, I thought there were several holes in the plot.  I understand how a younger audience could buy into this, but I felt like this story was just a little too contrived.  Though I'm a bit curious about what will happen to the flock next, I do not feel the urge to read the next book in the series.

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