Sunday, March 16, 2008

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

When I first picked up Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, I literally squealed in delight. I had been dying to get my hands on this elusive book. But after the first moment of sheer joy, I became...well, not skeptical, but...disturbed. This is one of those blurb books. One of those highly recommended, #1 bestseller types. And I've found, in my years of reading books, that those little, pocket-sized (Actually, not really pocket-sized. I don't know why they call them that, they can't fit in my pockets...I'll call it compact) novels with the raised, shiny titles and the blurbs all over their front and back cover tend to fall just a tad short of my expectations.

Don't get me wrong, I usually like them, sometimes lurve them, but never really love them. Especially the ones with the bad, cheesy, pun-filled blurbs on the front. The cheesy pun of today is: "Buckle up. This is a ride that starts fast and gets faster." --CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

But this, this is one very huge, 134-chaptered (plus and epilogue) and 413-paged (with extras at the end) exception to that particular rule of thumb. I find that CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER is right. This ride does start fast and get faster.

The first book in the Maximum Ride series tells the story of six unforgettable, unique kids living together with no parents, no homes, no families. They are their families. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel are running and fighting for their lives.

Their one advantage? They can fly. They have wings.

Being chased by Erasers and facing being put back in a cage--a place no child should ever be--is not easy when you have no idea what you're doing, what you're facing, who you can trust. They don't know where they came from, so how should they know where to go? The one place they won't go is back to the School (not if Max can help it).

But their perilous journey becomes more difficult and confusing as they develop new powers and learn new secrets.

I don't think a single book has pulled me in harder with the first sentence, the first word than Maximum Ride did. And, by sentence five, I knew it would be one of my favorite books forever.

There is definitely a reason that, in the book alone, there are 31 positive book reviews, and that it was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for twelve straight weeks. James Patterson describes the story of Max and her friends--her family-- with fantastic imagery, compelling suspense, insane action (like a video game or movie except...better) and outstanding dialogue. I fell in love with each and all of these believable characters from the start. The plot is realistic enough to be believable, but fantastical enough to force it into a state of unique where it can never be touched. There could be billions of spin-offs of this series, and they would never come close to even .0000000001% of this novel's pure perfection. Patterson's writing is excellence.

I give this book 10 out of 5 delectable cups of coffee (I would, in fact, give it more if I didn't think that would be overdoing it and I think get the picture with just the 10)

trying to keep herself from reading the excerpt from the next book in the series until she has her hands on it, falling (ok, I fell at his first mention) for a certain blog-writing, angel-like, made of awesome guy,


Liv said...

eek! I totally agree with your review. I read all three of the books in the series in two days last summer. I can't wait for the next one!

The Maelstroms Themselves said...

I completely am in agreement with both synopsis and cups of tea. And what is today? Hmmmm? Why, it is the day that Maximum Ride IV comes out, aka: The Final Warning.

Excuse me while I loose a rapid sea of excited yelps and dance steps upon the unsuspecting employees of the local bookstore.

*Aella Siofra*

Hope. said...

I haven't read these books -- would you recommend me to read the series?