Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teen review: Maximum Ride Ends!

Reviewed by Amy Sepulveda, grade 11

Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson is the ninth and last book in the Maximum Ride series. Those who love reading the adventures of Max, Fang, Angel, Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge, and the rest of the flock will love the final installment to the series that follows six children whose DNA has been altered with that of a bird’s, giving them wings from birth; the School that made them is chasing them down with other sorts of robots and mutants to try to kill the innocent kids. Maximum Ride Forever begins about three months after the drastic life- and human race-altering events from Nevermore (book eight), occur. Maximum Ride Forever can be heartbreaking to readers who are truly invested in the characters and plot, but will make them want to do nothing else but finish all 383 pages of the last book they will ever read about the strong flock that has been torn down countless times.

This is definitely one of my favorite series. I love the character development, and though it is a science fiction/ fantasy novel, it seems very realistic; even if it seems like none of these events could ever happen, it is possible they might someday. I was mesmerized by every word and plot twist, which James Patterson is fantastic at creating, making an irresistible novel. In my opinion, Maximum Ride Forever was not the best book of this series, but it is absolutely worth reading. Patterson makes readers feel as if they are quite literally hanging off the edge of a cliff, only a string keeping them from falling to their deaths. It is one of the best and worst feelings as a reader.

I would rate Maximum Ride Forever a 5/5 and recommend it to anyone who likes Max and her flock. However, if you have not read the series, please do not start with Maximum Ride Forever, because you will be entirely lost and will run into an incredible number of spoilers for the rest of the series! If you are interested in the series and have not yet read it, the first book is titled The Angel Experiment.


Editor's note: Some of you teen fans of this series may not know that the Maximum Ride gang actually first appeared in Patterson's adult books, When the Wind Blows, and The Lake House, before he wrote the YA series.

We have this final book of the series on order for the library, but it hasn't arrived yet, so keep checking the catalog!

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