Author: James Patterson
Maximum Ride, vol. 3/The Fugitives, vol. 3
My rating: 4 of 5
Surprise: Max and her flock are yet again on the run from the school and–even better–the super-corporation Itex, which is behind the school. Not that being on the run stops them from doing the tourist routine–for the kids, right? Speaking of the kids, the younger members of the flock (Angel, Gazzy, Nudge, and for some reason Iggy, even though he’s almost as old as Fang and Max) really want to find a place to hunker down and live a life that’s maybe not exactly normal, what with being mutant bird kids on the run, but at least, you know, safe for a while. As the flock’s leader, Max finds herself torn between their dream of a home and her (questionable) mission to save the world, however that’s supposed to work. Of course, it’s entirely likely that their pursuers will refuse to allow the flock the opportunity to do much in either of those directions.
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports wraps up the Fugitives arc of Maximum Ride with a band. The story is made, of course, by the wonderful cast that make up Max’s little flock. I absolutely love those kids! Having said that, Saving the World rather makes me want to wring their necks; there’s a tension and mistrust here that isn’t really present in the earlier Maximum Ride volumes. However, this tension is moderated by the sarcastic humor and insane action that characterizes the series. The Fugitives arc wraps up nicely in this volume while still leaving plenty of room for development in later stories. On the whole, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports is a gripping yet endearing story that I would definitely recommend to anyone of any age who enjoys a good action story filled with excellent characters.