Thursday, May 11, 2006

Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever - James Patterson

The sequel to James Patterson's Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever. Max and her flock fly south from New York in the hope of finding their parents, having rescued Angel from the School in California and recovered some secret documents about their origins. But after a fight at the vicious claws of the Erasers, they're forced to take Fang to a hospital for treatment, and the FBI turn up. The most senior FBI agent, Anne, takes them to her home to rest and for Fang to recover from his surgery, and then they are forced to face an even worse nightmare: going to a regular school. For Max there's no such thing as an ordinary day when her "homework" includes decoding encrypted computer printouts, figuring out when and how she's supposed to save the world, and then learning to face what may her greatest enemy: herself: a clone called Max II.

As with Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, the story is fast-paced and even frenetic at times, but the characters are still only roughly sketched in. These books would be perfect reading for the beach or the airport, when you want something light and easy to read. I assume there will be a third book at some stage since Max and the flock's fates are not yet resolved.

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