Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: Maximum Ride Book 3

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3) by James Patterson

Age Group: Young Adult
Published: July 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Format: Paperback, 432 pgs
Source: Borrowed


There's one last chance to save the world in MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the closing chapter of James Patterson's thrilling trilogy. The time has arrived for Max and her winged "flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them--but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

My Thoughts: 

The conclusion to the the first Maximum Ride trilogy was the best of the three, at least when it comes to the characters. Finally their depth and emotions have risen to the level of the plot and, in this book, surpass it. We finally get the answers to a whole lot of questions, though just how Max has a voice in her head is never really explained; I think that's something you just have to accept because of her genetically engineered mutant status.

The thing I liked best about this book wasn't the plot - which was basically a revamped, more high-tech version of Hitler's idea of a master race coupled with the idea that people need to save the planet - it was the characters. Max doubted herself more than usually without Fang around; Fang misses Max but he has to do what he thinks is necessary, even if it ticks her off; and the rest of the Flock is torn between the two of them. I loved the emotions they all carried with them. I loved that Max had to swallow her pride and ask for Fang's help. Loved it.

I didn't much care for the plot; it had been done before and wasn't terribly original, but I won't rant about that again. The book was fun and the characters finally proved they were real people, and that's all I really wanted.

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Matthew Rush said...

The Alex Cross guy is writing YA now?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd wondered if Patterson's YA was any good.

Candyland said...

I've hovered over these books at the bookstore and wondered if I'd be into them or not...thanks for the review!

Yuki said...

anyone notice that Max's jeans are from.....abercrombie?


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