Six unforgettable kids—with no families, no homes—are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind—or destroy it.
I was soooo bored with this book.
Don’t get wrong, I loved this series. I just hated the first book. Luckily for me, I decided to give the second book a try and I found it much, much better than the first book. My favorite is the third book in this series. So, to all of you people who have heard about this series and want to try it but are the kind of people who need action on every single page, I think it would be better if you just got straight to the second book. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have read the first book to understand the rest of the series. The only downside to not reading the first book is that you miss the very beginning, which explains a lot about Jeb and how the kids ended up where they are at that certain moment.
Now, getting onto the series. I read the last book, Nevermore, a few months ago, and I have mixed feelings about it. One thing you learn awfully quick is that there is seldom a James Patterson book that doesn’t have romance in it. I’m fine with that, and personally I’m glad that Max ended up with ?????? (that may or may not be the number of letters in the name), but I feel like after the fifth book, this book was too invested into the whole romance spectrum of things.
That said, this is a great series up until 6. It’s full of action, adventure, fantasy and science fiction with notes of romance, humor and some great characters. The stories of Max and the flock are addicting, well written and a lot of fun. The characters are all interesting and I loved all of the flock. Iggy was my personal favorite. After and during the 6th book, it’s still a great series, it’s just centered around Max’s love interests–which, frankly, I wasn’t as interested in.
I think some of the choices James Patterson made in this series were unfortunate. During the sixth book, Fang, I had a lot of hope for the rest of this series, partly because 6 was my favorite after 3. I thought it wasn’t smart to have split up Fang and Max into two groups of people, and that bringing other people into the big spectrum of things, things like the Redhead in book 2, Dylan, Max’s boyfriend in 2 and Ari was meant to test Fang and Max’s relationship, but it got tiring after a while.
The last book in this series was fine. It wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked, and I’m not sure if I actually liked it or not, but it was okay. A subtle ending. I feel like the last book was the worst in the series, and I was really disappointed because I was really hoping James Patterson would come out with that exact right ending, but he didn’t. A great series anyway. 4.2 stars overall.
pg count for the first book: 413
Series: Maximum Ride
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