“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.
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’.
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:
- The Angel Experiment
- School’s Out Forever
- Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
- The Final Warning
- 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!