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Okay, here we go on the first non-GW book to be reviewed in this forum - methinks. Hopefully I'll start a trend.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment : James Patterson

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE Do not put this book down. I’m dead serious – your life could depend on it. I’m risking everything by telling you – but you need to know.
STRAP YOURSELF IN for the thrill ride you’ll want to take again and again! From Death Valley, California, to the bowels of the New York City subway system, you’re about to take off on a heart-stopping adventure that will blow you away...
YOUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS: Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman and Angel. Six kids who are pretty normal in most ways – except that they’re 98% human, 2% bird. They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they’re free. Aside, of course, from the fact that they’re prime prey for Erasers – wicked wolf-like creatures with a taste for flying humans.
THE MISSIONS: Rescue Angel from malicious mutants. Infiltrate a secret facility to track down the flock’s missing parents. Scavenge for sustenance. Get revenge on an evil traitor. And save the world. If there’s time.​

Okay everyone, be braced for my first, non-40k review ever. And it seems only fair that I start with a re-read of my favourite books... In the World (Cookie for anyone who gets the reference).

Alright, meet Max. She's fourteen, and the oldest in her family of mutant bird kids (see blurb), and she's also on the run from Erasers, again, see blurb. The Erasers themselves are trying to bring the Erasers back to The School where they have their earliest memories of childhood.

Yes, that's right, I did say School. Although, it's not any normal school. It's a Labatory where scientists perfom illegal experiments on human DNA. The Avian Protanagists of our novel, Max, Fang, Iggy, The Gasman, Nudge and Angel have spent the first few years of their lives in The School, and they've escaped. They're now living in Colarado, when the Erasers return and kidnap the youngest flock member - Angel.

And they have to rescue her from a secret facility.

This book's hilariously funny, with plenty of non-stop action to keep you on the edge of your seat, leaving you eagerly awaiting for more. It's James Patterson's first young adult book, based of his When the Wind Blows, and its so popular it's being made into a film in 2013. Ker-Ching! Oh, I really hope the world doesn't end in 2012.

Oh, ever thought that girls are weak? Read this book, then you'll change your mind for certain.

If you've read any of James Patterson's other books, you'll notice that this still has the tremendously short chapters that his novels are known for, so be ready for that.

Also, Each charachter is unique and boasts different personalites, all shoved together to make a wonderful novel. You get Max, witty, brave and sarcastic. Nudge, who talks too much for her own good. You get the blind-but-deadly Iggy, and the stinking-but-deadly Gasman, who both have a fasination for bombs, and as stated by Max herself, know more about bombs than possibly anyone on the planet. How they aqquired this information is left for the reader to guess. Internet?

Oh, did I mention the mind reading Angel? The mysterious Fang? The ruthless leader of the Erasers, Ari? Jeb Batchelder, the flock's "Father figure" during the time that he was there, and Ella, who has far more in common with Max than she might imagine, but you'll have to wait until Book 3 (Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports), to find out. Oh yeah, Ella's human. So's her mother, Doctor Martinez.

High Point: Well, the humour basically, and the amazing idea that JP has come up with.

Low Point: A bit of an overload on fights. Patterson uses an Eraser attack as an excuse to keep the reader motivated to find out whether they escape or not. And it worked, with me at least.

Rating out of 10: 10/10

Should you buy this book?: What? You don't have it already?

~Bane of Kings. Expect The Killing Ground review to be up soon :eek:k:.

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It's been a while since I've read the maximum ride series and I've read most all of them except for the one entitled "Fang" I think. Whatever the newest one was.

I thought they were good, easy reads with entertaining stories but when the author started preaching global warming (which I do believe in btw) I was completely thrown out of the book. I really do not need to be preached to in a novel I'm reading solely for my entertainment.

I don't exactly remember the name of the other child that max fights against (I think he was an eraser) throughout the stories but when they killed him off I remember just being really annoyed.
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