Book Reveiw: Maximum Ride

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

SUMMARY: A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting science fiction thriller. Max, 14, and her adopted family–Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6–were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The kids are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. (adapted from the School Library Journal review)

OPINION: I have been hearing good things about this book for a while, but I just got around to reading it! This is adult author James Patterson's first YA book. It is science fiction that is light on the science and heavy on the fiction. There is action and adventure galore, and even some humorous moments. I couldn't put this book down because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters. It ended with one of those really evil cliffhangers, but there is a sequel coming very soon, so I think I can live. Definitely read this book!

NOTE: The sequel to this book, Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever, will be released on May 23. 2006

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