Friday, 10 April 2009

Maximum Ride: Max by James Patterson

From Amazon: Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone - or something - is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the Flock to help them get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late. While Max and her team are exploring the depths of the ocean, their every move is being carefully tracked by Mr. Chu - a criminal mastermind with his own plans for the Flock. Can they protect themselves from Mr. Chu's army of mercenaries and save the ocean from utter destruction?

I know a lot of people don't like the Maximum Ride series, but I love it. It's not the most well-written series, or the most critically acclaimed: it's just a good, exciting adventure.

Max and the flock are back in this fifth installment, which, to my relief, isn't as heavy on the global warming side of things. After book four, The Final Warning, I was a bit worried that the series had lost its way; though I'm glad to report that it seems to be back on track.

Like all the other books, the pace of the story moves so fast you could miss something if you blink. There are more twists and turns than in any other series I've read, and the action scenes never leave you bored.

A large chunk of Max takes place on and in the ocean, and it's great to see how the flock adapt to being underwater. There's a new baddie in town, by the name of Mr. Chu, and he brings with him a fair few new problems for the flock to face. They do, as always, kick some ass, and blow stuff up. Thumbs up for Iggy and the Gasman! As a fan of the Max/Fang relationship, I was glad to see their feelings for each other progress, and I can't wait to see where it takes them in the future.

Overall, Max is a vast improvement on the last book, though I don't think the series will ever be as good as it was, back when the erasers and the School were making the flock's life hell. On a side note, is anyone else excited about the planned Maximum Ride movie? I know I am!


Kate said...

Nice review. I love the Maximum Ride series as well! When is the Maximum Ride movie coming out? Is it just the first book?

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Hmm, I've never read any of these. I might have to check them out!

Amy said...

I hardly ever go to movies, they're way overpriced(I mean, movies used to be 5 cents!?) but I'll definitely have to go to the maximum ride one!
could the book cover be any cooler?
I'm super ecstatic to read this now that I've read our review!

H said...

I gave up on the series after Final Warning. I'm glad Max is better but I still won't read it, I think the series has really and truly been exhausted. I did enjoy the first 3 though.

Kate said...

I can't wait until the Max movie in 2010 :D