Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Reads: Maximum Ride Forever


Maximum Ride Forever
Maximum Ride, book 9
by James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub. Date: 400
ISBN: 978-0316207508
Pages: 400
Buy Link: Amazon


The bestselling crime novel author, James Patterson, dazzled young reader with Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (the reboot of his previous adult books -  When the Wind Blows and The Lake House) in 2005. This was followed by a series of sequels, which the later installments received mixed to negative feedback from fans and critics, especially with how the final installment Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure ended in 2012.

Mr. Patterson or Little, Brown & Company must have listened to the fans as new "final" sequel (the ninth book in the series) was released last month, titled Maximum Ride Forever!

A the end of Nevermore, the world was destroyed, leaving only mutants to rule the world. Maximum Ride Forever centers on the aftermath of the apocalypse, which Max and her flock have survived, but sadly Dr. Martinez and Ella didn't make it. Believing it is safe to leave their island, the flock heads to the mainlands to search for survivors, but are attached by a new group of mutants - Cryenas, which leads to the death of one of their own.

Eventually the flock splits up - Max heads to Russia;  Iggy and Gasman go to Pennsylvania; and Fang heads to California. The flock must take on a new enemy  - the Remedy and his Horseman creation, whom wants to finish destroying what is left of the world.

Being one of the fans that was disappointed with the latter sequels, I had low expectations for this book when I began reading it. The good news is that it's better written this time around; more in line with the first three novels (which were my favorites). The bad news is that there are a few major deaths in the book, which might upset some fans. While this is being billed (just like the previous book) as the final chapter in the series, the ending still leaves it open for more sequels. Overall, Maximum Ride Forever makes up it for the last few lackluster sequels, giving us fans a somewhat satisfying ending.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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