Title: The Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
Age Group: Older elementary schoolers and above (for violence levels)
My Rating: 4/4 Stars
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 time…like 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?” (Amazon.com)
This series had been recommended to me by a couple of friends, but the series was so long that I decided it might be quicker to read the manga versions. I read the first Maximum Ride manga volume and decided it wasn’t for me. There was a lot going on and too many things that weren’t clear or easy to understand, possibly because I’m not as used to reading manga. I did really like the story line, however, so I started over, this time with the actual books.
I think I am reading this series at the perfect time for me. The new school year has started and the suddenness of it all makes it seem so much harder to make reading a priority. I was dangerously close to being in another book slump, but this book has effectively made sure that won’t happen.
The plot of this book is insane. The author went from one thing to another at a whirlwind pace. There was constant action that was almost overwhelming, but made the book so easy to just devour. There were also unexpected small things here and there that made the book so much better, like the sarcastic comments some of the characters made. This book has vibes similar to that of books written by Rick Riordan, so you should definitely check it out if you like his work.
The characters were also so cool. I loved the originality and how strong all the characters were in their own ways. I absolutely love Max. I think she has such a strong personality and is so caring. She is the exact kind of heroine that I love seeing in books and is so motivational. I’m also excited to see Angel develop more, because I feel like she is always surprising everyone.
Overall, I just really enjoyed this book. It was such a fun action-packed read and I’m so glad that I didn’t pass up the opportunity, again, to read it.