Sunday, April 11, 2010

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Review of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Books 1) by James Patterson

Published: April 1, 2007

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world—but can she?” (

Well, I have never before read any books by James Patterson until now. The Maximum Ride Series is going to prove to be a wonderful series; I can feel it in my bones. Originally, I had no idea that this series even existed until one fateful day at the local Barnes and Noble. I was there with a friend and we over heard this frantic dad talking on his cell phone to his daughter looking for all the books in the series. He was like, “Ok I have the first three and what other? Fang? I don’t see it anywhere.” Being a helpful, devoted person I am, I grabbed the book he was looking for and gave it to, where in turn he said “oh thank you, who knew talking loudly on the phone could be beneficial?” This was the encounter that spiked my interest in the Maximum Ride Series.

I gave The Angel Experiment 4 out of 5 smirks because it was really good and I bought it, but it wasn’t quite a 5. I’m hoping that the next book involves romance which is one thing I really enjoy in a book, besides the action and violent parts. I don’t have to tell you James Patterson is a talented author, but I do have to tell you that what he did with these kids in this book was incredibly heartwarming. Kids (ages 6-14) who knew nothing of a normal family and made their own little misfit family instead. Max, Fang, Iggy, Gassman, Nudge, and Angel make up the team or family who all has one very important thing in common. They are all on the run from scientists who created them to be born with wings.

The Angel Experiment gives you a great foundation for the each of the characters to show their strengths and weaknesses, and I can feel the build up for the next book just after reading this one. The Angel Experiment only really lacked one thing which was romance, I mean we get to see at least a hint of it but it is very subtle. I think Mr. Patterson is doing great build up for what will be for sure a story of attraction and love along with action, adventure, supernatural, mystery, violence, and of course bombs. It is definitely a series worth trying out. I really enjoyed all parts of The Angel Experiment; I read it in a day which is usually what happens when I am hooked on a book. I guess you just have to read it to understand what it is about the book that makes it undyingly original to the very core. Simply put, it’s a beautiful story about beautiful characters just trying to find a sense of belonging.

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