Review: The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride by James Patterson

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Review: The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride by James PattersonThe Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride #1
Published by Little, Brown BfYR
Pub Date: April 1st 2007
Pages: 422
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

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?

The Angel Experiment, also known as Maximum Ride, was a total page turner. I’m so glad I finally got to read it, especially since the last book in the series, Nevermore, will be out August 6th.

The coolest part for me was getting to discover everyone’s individual abilities. Sure, they can all fly, but they also each have something unique. I think Angel definitely proved to be the most special, and I can’t wait to read more about her. I  was really touched by how they really stuck together. They truly are a family, these six kids. But I guess they’ve had to be, considering they only have each other.

Of course, being a fan of romance in my books, I was really invested in Max and Fang’s interactions. I really want them to get together and become a couple! They obviously really care about each other, and I appreciate the fact that Fang, being a boy, doesn’t try to run the show. Max is a great leader, and I think he knows this too. I look forward to seeing what will blossom for those two.

Being chased all over the place by scary wolf-mutant creatures called Erasers really made this book a page-turner. Every time it seemed it was safe, they would pop out. Definitely made me wonder how they were able to track the flock down so fast, but I think this was answered towards the end of the book. I am also really curious about this mysterious voice in Max’s head. It’s helped them so far, but is it also hurting them at the same time? Playing the “game”?

As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this book. And I am certainly planning to continue reading the rest of the series and get some answers. If you’re looking for a fast, adventurous page-turner, Maximum Ride is it!

 

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7 Responses to “Review: The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride by James Patterson”

  1. Catriona

    I have been recommended this book and heard that people loved the series many times, however I have never actually read a review or been told why people enjoyed it. So it was great to see what you thought :)
    I am hoping to read The Angel Experiment sometime this month, and I really look forward to reading it!

  2. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    I’ve seen this book around, but never thought to read it. Your review, however, has convinced me that I ought to give it a try! It sounds like an interesting story, especially with this new breed of characters that Patterson introduced.

  3. dixie

    i read a prequel book, an adult book, years ago by Patterson that introduced Max and the others, I had no idea that he reimagined it as a YA book. very cool. i love the way he writes.

  4. Amy @ bookgoonie

    It is a pretty good little read. My daughter went all fan girl on this series & had all her friends reading it. She was uber-psyched when she thought there was going to be a movie, but it never materialized. I made it at least 5 deep till I ran out of what book was next. I guess with the last book coming, I’ll have to catch up.

  5. Krystianna

    I’m glad to hear that you liked this book! It’s one of my all time favorite series. I love James Patterson! I can’t wait for the last book to come out next month.

    Thanks for the review!

  6. Augustus Firestone

    James Patterson keeps delivering novel after novel of suspense and drama that keeps you turning pages until time justs disappears. The stories never get dull nor do they duplicate. Every book brings a new adventure that is very easy to get absorbed into.

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