Saturday, 9 May 2015

Review: Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Fans of the Maximum Ride series thought thought the franchise had ended with 2012's Nevermore, but they were wrong as the ninth installment, Maximum Ride Forever, arrives in bookstore later this month. If you've been following my blog this past week, then you would know that I've been rereading the first few books in the series.

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports is the third installment and was first published on May 29, 2007. The book once again centers on Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy and Angel, the six human-avian hybrids that escaped The School in the first few novels. Max and flock have their hands full this time as they go on a mission to stop the evil corporation known as Itex.

Being a teenage hero isn't easy as Max must deal with her feelings for Fang and she must rescue the rest of the flock from the Erasers/Flyboys (Erasers are wolf/human hybrids and Flyboys are the robotic versions). Time is literally run out for the flock, as Itex has given them all expiration dates and the clock is running down quickly.

To save the world and their flock, Max must rely on Fang's blog readers for help as well as the young Angel, whom is trying to fool the Itex.

The third installment received great reviews from both book critics and fans of the series. While the book isn't as good as the first two, Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports has plenty of action, a hint of romance and enough character depth to entertain most readers. Plus, finally we get to know whom Max's parents are! Overall, Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports is a great entry to series. Sadly, I can't say the same for the 4th installment!

About the Author:

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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