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Fun but a little silly
on October 29, 2009
I downloaded this on the Kindle because it was free and I had some spare time on my hands. I had no idea of the plot, nor did I know until finishing it and seeing the reference to the website [...] that it was the first of a series of books. I had assumed it being a James Patterson novel that this would be a crime mystery or something of the sort.
You can imagine the first chapter took me by surprise when I realized the book was about a bunch of mutant kids with wings running from wolf-people. I considered just stopping right then but decided to press on. I'm glad I did.
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment introduces the reader to a plucky group of children, aged 6 through 13, who escaped from a research lab where their DNA had been altered so that they were part bird, part human. Blessed (or cursed!) with wings, superhuman strength, and some other unique skills, they were making a life for themselves in an isolated and remote cabin in the country when suddenly they are finally tracked down by the lab (called The School), attacked, and lose the youngest of the flock, Angel (who can read people's minds) back to the scientists and their wolf-people henchmen.
The oldest and the leader of the group, Maximum Ride (she picked the name herself), rallies the group to return to the school and rescue Angel. During their trek back to the place of their nightmares, they each learn a little more about their past and their character.
This is a fun and more than a little silly book. I've never read the Twilight vampire series but I imagine it is similar to this. I bet this is a popular series with teenagers. With Max just entering her teens, I can imagine all sorts of drama emerging as she deals with becoming a woman.
It is a very crisp read and if you are looking for a guilty pleasure, even for adults, I recommend picking it up, especially since it is free on the Kindle. I may even be willing to pay for the sequel, "Schools Out Forever." Hilarious.