Thursday, March 20, 2008

"Maximum Ride-- The Final Warning" review

It's been 10 months since we last saw Max, and we'd thought her mission was finished. We thought all the secrets were revealed. We thought the series was over. We were wrong. Then came the announcement of a fourth bookin James Patterson's bestselling series. We started getting excited again. And I don't think this one will be the last, either.

Fresh out of their harrowing worldwide adventures in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, Max and the rest of the Flock-- Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel-- want nothing more than a time to rest, a time to heal, a time to, in a way, start over again. But the government just won't allow it. Though it seems their intentions are noble, the high-ranking scientists simply want to examine them. And, worst of all, they mention the word school. Wrong choice around the Flock.


It takes a lot of convincing for them to return, only after the return of the Voice in Max's head. They agree to go on a scientific expedition to monitor the effects of global warming. The catch-- it's in Antarctica. A nice, balmy place, right?


Plus there's a real nasty piece of work, the Uber-Director, who's sending his robotic minions after the Flock in an attempt to capture and sell them-- which will put things in place for him to control the world. Hey, at least it's not ITEX.


Add this to the facts-- that Max and Fang don't know what to do about each other, that they're all starting to develop new and strange powers, even Total, that their mission seems as if it will never be finished-- and you've got a lot crammed into one little 250 page book.


Yes, it's too short. Considering the fact that you can't put it down, you'll be finished with this latest adventure in a matter of hours.

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eliannrad said...

It was nice reading the first book, and the second book was okay, but the third book felt weird. I usually enjoy the last book of a trilogy, but something about it didn't feel right.

Continuing it is not a good idea. The trilogy ended. James Patterson doesn't need to add more to it.

wileywill203 said...

I did not like the new book at all. Completely new plot, new characters and bad guys, totally new bad guy orginization...

The new character? AKILA, TOTAL'S GIRLFRIEND.

I hate Total. Really. I so want him to be killed off, but based on the quality and tone of The Final Warning, I can see that he won't. And I kind of agreed with your review, that it was WAY too short. I may consider not buying Waterwings when it comes out.

The Fugitives series was great, however.

wileywill203 said...

I did not like the new book at all. Completely new plot, new characters and bad guys, totally new bad guy orginization...

The new character? AKILA, TOTAL'S GIRLFRIEND.

I hate Total. Really. I so want him to be killed off, but based on the quality and tone of The Final Warning, I can see that he won't. And I kind of agreed with your review, that it was WAY too short. I may consider not buying Waterwings when it comes out.

The Fugitives series was great, however.

bubs said...

I think that it's lame tht "saving the world", is giving a speech about global warming. The book turned into an environmental awarness book. I was very dissapointed that all of the first three (amazing) books added up to this dissapointing book. James Patterson should keep his envirnmental views out of a fiction book. Spread the word without ripping people off James.

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