Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
I’m not really sure what took me so long to read this book. Everyone said the series was pretty good. Teens like it, here at the library most of the series is hardly ever on the shelf. It’s a great book for guys and girls. And yet, it has taken me this long to pick it up.
Personally, I blame James Patterson. I have issues with authors that seem intent in making themselves into a brand rather than publishing quality books. Plus, at last count, he was a co-author (in many cases, multiple times) with 9 (that’s right…9) different people in the past seven years. It’s like he’s no longer even trying, and from what I have heard from others and have read in reviews, that lack of trying is reflected “his” writing. (On a side note, I do enjoy his older Alex Cross series…things written during his pre-co-writer stage).
Anyways, forgive me for being skeptical and putting off The Angel Experiment for so long. If it wasn’t for my teen book club, I probably still would not have read this book.
The Maximum Ride series focuses on a group of six very special kids. As babies, they were part of a scientific experiment conducted at “The School”, where their DNA was grafted together with avian DNA. The result: along with other varied “powers” each of them now has wings.
The Angel Experiment opens several years after they had escaped from the School. Unable to live normal lives, the six of them (led by Max) have lived as a family, safely in seclusion from the rest of the world. That safety is broken when the youngest of the flock, Angel, is kidnapped by Erasers. Erasers are another School experiment, humans crossed with wolves and raised as brutal hunters.
Max and the others vow to save Angel, and set out on a rescue mission where they not only encounter danger at every turn, but start to learn more about who they are and where they came from. This new found knowledge leads them from the School in Death Valley across the country to New York in search of answers.
The writing of the book is a little choppy, with the short 2-3 pages chapters not really helping. However, Patterson quickly lures you in with action and plot twists; and of course, leaves you with so many unanswered questions at the end that you just have to pick up the next book. Which I’ll be doing, despite all my Patterson misgivings (and the knowledge that the 5th book in the series, Max is supposed to be completely and ridiculously horrible).