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Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Book 8) Hardcover – August 6, 2012
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Praise for the Maximum Ride series:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
An ALA/VOYA "Teens' Top Ten" Pick
A VOYA Review Editor's Choice
A New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age" Selection
A KLIATT Editors' Choice
A Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year for MAX
About the Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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ok, first off:
Lovely way to kill off Maya. seriously? I mean, I always had a small feeling that Fang's Gang was just a filler to "justify" Fang leaving the flock, even if it wasn't a good idea either way. And bringing Ari back? I mean, are you serious? I thought Jeb was /smart/. He was always the good whitecoat to me, because you could justify everything he did in a certain way: saving the flock from the school('nuff said), making Dylan and Max go to Germany(I hate it as much as the next Fax kid, but if Jeb honestly didn't see how to end the world, i can understand.).
star and Kate -______- really?! Why is it that all of a sudden they were suspicious, and they never waivered in any other book? And if they heard about the flcok from Gang's blog, that means they mustve had some bit of compassion. I personally think Fang should've killed them.
ratchet and Starfish. ARE YOU KIDING ME? I don't care that fang's Gang was just a filler. Fang left two, mutant kids alone in the desert! where did they end up? millionares? side show freaks? honestly!
Angel. ok, capturing her was a good touch in the last book. But making her at lest partially blind(patterson NEVER cleared it up), and clipping her wings? I know people who couldv'e come up with better things than that. and did her wings ever actually get clipped? were they replaced by more messed up whitecoats? the world may never know!
Fifth(yes, it just keeps getting better right?):
the world ending. oh, Max and Co. can't handle one light? then here, have doomsday group! oh, you cant handle that either? here, have 99%! still having troubles? Have an epidemic! ooh im sorry, still a bit to diffucult? have a tsunami! oh yay, we forgot you had could breath under water, so you survived! thank the multibillionair who saved the rest of the flock and those innocent mutants with the caves. nice job Maxine!
boy trouble. the books have kept getting iffy with this. at first, max was a free, never gonna have a date, amazing girl. then fang shows he likes her, and yay! she suddenly has a boyfriend! i agree with that because theyve always known each oher, but still. Oh, but the Dylan comes along. oh, no! max is actually showing emoeitons for the boy she knew for less than an hour! I don't care if hes a second half, Maya acted like Fang's other half and obviously they did not love each other. grow up Max and pay attention to your feelings instead of the science.
oh and i gotta say, Max and Fang getting /that/ ozy when they know the world will end? or the fact that,y'know, Max has been making out with Dylan?
Loose ends. did Angel go blind? can she still fly? did everyone die in the tsunami? or did the virus kill everyone? Iggy, Ella, Gazzy, Nudge, remember them? yeah, the kids that always were there suddenly vanished in the epilougue.
epilougu. this just flt ut depressed me. what about the contest that was held, to see who could come up with the best epilouge? neither of these epilougues were as good as the ones in the contest.
such happiness. Really? First off, Max alway put the world first. suddenly, now that she saw Dylan go mental and fang was back, she decided to give up and spend her life in a tree house? amazing. perfect. exactly what Max would do. and yeah, we all know max would treat the end of the worl with welcome back cakes for fang and celebrating the flocks safety.(note my sarcasm)
so lets face it. I love Patterson"s which and wizard trilogy. tril-o-gy. he shouldve kept it to the three books in my opinion.
and you need to remember, a lot of these five star reviews were from people who pre ordererd the book and were saying how happy they were.
I got the first book for my birthday six years ago. I began reading it at 2:30 that afternoon and stopped on chapter 75 the next morning, when I fell asleep against my will. I absolutely loved the original trilogy. The writing was hilarious, the characters original, and the storyline captivating. When I heard Mr. P would be writing nine- yes, nine- more books, I was still too young to understand that he was just milking his newfound fame, and eleven-year-old me was hopeful for the future of Maximum Ride.
But it quickly became apparent that Mr. Patterson had not planned for so many sequels- and between the seven other series he was writing at the same time, little energy was left for poor Max Ride and her adventures. He wrote books just to write them, killing off characters and bringing them back without explanation. Plot holes the size of small cities left each page in ruins. However, a few gemstones could be found that kept me going- Fang's death in book six was written rather well, in my opinion, as well as the emotional conflict within Dylan, for the first book he was in, anyway. I believed that life as a mere clone was hard, and I felt for the poor boy despite his nonstop whining. The final pages of book seven left me in tears also, the thoughts of a seven-year-old girl who had been separated from her family in the bombing of a city, and woke up in a hospital alone.
When Mr. Patterson announced that the eighth book would be his last, I was a bit relieved. He'd bitten off more than he could chew and I was glad he had decided to end it. I hoped he would leave us happy.
As we know, the series focused on a teenage girl who had been told she alone could save the world from a mysterious threat- which in this book we found out was an infectious incurable disease that would kill anyone without a certain gene. We also found out that Fang, Max's love interest and my favorite character, had the key to immortality hidden somewhere in his DNA. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who realized the perfect solution- use this "key to immortality" to find a cure for the plague. However, pharmaceutical companies from across the world began sending assassins to kill him so that the other companies could not get to him. That is the premise for most of the book- which really doesn't amount to much when we take out the pages upon pages of Max's romantic issues, trying to decide between Fang, her best friend, and Dylan, a superhuman clone who is stalking her and goes on mad rampages destroying entire towns if he sees her even hug another guy. He has also been ordered to kill Fang for his immortality gene. The possibility of using it is not even mentioned once, despite its glaring obviousness.
At the end of the story, Max and her pseudo-family go to a tropical island to escape the plague, and when the moment of truth comes, and she can either save the world or die trying as she previously said she would, she instead chooses to make out with her boyfriend in a hammock. As a result of the disaster, a super-tsunami comes to wipe out their little island, and the last thing we see is Max and her boyfriend standing on the beach watching the waves tower over them, and then an epilogue about how great it is to die next to the person you love. And then a second epilogue describing how they spontaneously developed the ability to breathe underwater, so everything is A-OK. I was actually a bit disappointed. By this point I was rooting for Max's death.
The point I want to make here is that this series made nothing but backwards progress. In book one, Max was a strong teenager who was forced to raise her younger siblings alone after her father went missing. By book eight, she was a blubbering idiot who thought of nothing but impressing her boyfriends.
This book alone has driven me to boycott all future works by James Patterson. I am extremely disappointed, and hereby disregard all story developments past book three.