Author: James Patterson
Maximum Ride, vol. 1/The Fugitives, vol. 1
My rating: 4.5 of 5
Maximum Ride and her flock of winged, genetic-experimentation escapees–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, The Gasman, and Angel–have enjoyed the past couple years in relative peace due to the isolation of their hidden home. That all changes quickly, however, when the Erasers (another genetic experiment–gone horribly wrong, in my opinion) discover their hideout and kidnap Angel. They take Angel back to the horrible lab, “the School,” where the children all endured imprisonment and miserable experimentation during their younger years. Now Max must protect the remaining members of her flock, keep them all united, rescue Angel, and figure out where to go from there. No problem, right?
I really enjoyed reading The Angel Experiment. The story is creative and intense. Having 2- to 3-page chapters makes it easier to read in small chunks (although it’s far too easy to get sucked in and read huge sections at a time!). I love the attitude that permeates the book, too; very . . . blasé? Sassy? I’m not quite sure what to call it, but it’s quite appealing. The flock really made the story for me; all six are extremely strong characters in distinct ways. Their unity through everything, and in spite of clashing personalities at times, is wonderful also. And again, may I mention attitude. . . . The flock has some of the best quotations ever. On a side note, The Angel Experiment was a lot cleaner than I had expected–it reads like a teen/adult novel, yet is basically kid-appropriate, barring, perhaps, the scariness. All in all, an excellent read.