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Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

“The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective.” (Patterson, 2005, pg.1) This is the first sentence of the first Maximum Ride book, The Angel Experiment. It’s also what Max and her gang face for a big part of their lives- imminent death.

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Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson is a action-packed, exhilarating story of six kids who are very different from everyone else. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, The Gasman, and Angel. Aside from being mostly human, they have wings, and the bone structure of a bird. The flock spends a good chunk of their life running from the scientists who had once created them and the scientists who were now trying to re-capture them. To do this, the scientists sent out Erasers, or blood-thirsty werewolves whose mission is to recover the ‘mutant bird kids’.

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Set in modern-day America, this is the story of six outcast children, trying to find out who they are, and where they came from. My favorite part in this book is probably when the flock (What Max refers to as all of her ‘siblings’ and her) are all flying through the air. The way that Max describes the feeling of flight makes you feel as though you were up thousands of feet with her. However, the book is a bit violent, on par with something like The Hunger Games, so I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone under age 12. Overall, I loved The Angel Experiment. I’m not quite done with the series; however, I am definitely hooked, and you will be too, as soon as you read this first installment.

In addition to this book, there are eight other books in the series:

  1. The Angel Experiment
  2. School’s Out Forever
  3. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  4. The Final Warning
  5. Max
  6. Fang
  7. Angel
  8. Nevermore
  9. Maximum Ride Forever (Which won’t be released until May 4, 2015)

There will also be a Maximum Ride movie sometime in the future, however the release date is unknown. Stay tuned!

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Boom! Boom! Boom! A cannon fires. And then another. And then another! More tributes dead. This is all good for Katniss Everdeen, who is competing for victory in the 74th Hunger Games held in the country of Panem.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem. In Panem there are 12 districts, and Katniss lives in District 12. This district is known for coal-mining, and is universally recognized as very poor. The people are starving, and when Katniss’ father dies in a mining accident, her mother sinks into deep depression, and Katniss must learn to hunt in order to keep her family alive. Winning the games will mean riches beyond compare for her and her family, and glory for her unpopular district. Will she make it back to her family alive? Will the odds be in her favor? Travel with Katniss on her action-packed journey through the Hunger Games as she struggles to survive.

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Some of the universal themes that are portrayed in this book are love, family, courage, oppression, and tyranny. But, because some of these things are very mature, I would recommend this book to kids ages 12 and up.
My favorite parts in this book are whenever Cinna, Katniss’ stylist describes different costumes that Katniss wears to her interviews, training, and other public appearances. And, of course, my favorite character is Katniss.
In addition to to this book, there are two others in the series: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. If you do end up reading the first book, be sure to check out the next two! Also, there are movies for all of them, and Mockingjay Part Two is coming out in November 2015. I hope that these books keep you on the edge of your seat like they did for me!