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Maximum Ride: The Final Warning

I spent most of my holiday rereading the first three Maximum Ride novels (The Angel Experiment, School’s Out – Forever, and Saving the World and Other Sports) because I finally had the 4th book in the series by James Patterson: The Final Warning.

Now if you haven’t read the first three books in the series, this synopsis will give away a bunch of stuff so BEWARE! ;) I won’t be having no book spoilin’ on my conscience, ya hear?!

Anyway, - IF YOU HAVEN’T AVERTED YOUR EYES YET DO SO NOW – Max and the flock start off at the beginning of Final Warning quite cozy and all family-sitcom-ish with her newfound mom, half-sister, and still suspicious dad, Jeb. Jeb and Max’s mom want Max to speak to government folks and start “saving the world” as seems to be her continuing mission. Things don’t go too well, let’s leave it at that. ;) In other words, there always seems to be somebody anxious to hunt down Max and the rest of the flock and soon they are in hiding in a very white, very cold Antarctica.

That’s all I think I can say. Not only because I don’t want to give away spoilers. But also cuz, well, there’s not too much else to say.

Good sign? Not really…

Thing is, I had already heard through the grapevine that this is the weakest link in the fantastic Maximum Ride series, but I loved the first three books SO MUCH that I had a hard time believing it… I was surprised to find that I agreed.

Did I hate it? No way! There was still some awesome action and great bits, and I still cared about and loved Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy, and Angel, still adored Max’s sarcastic wit, the romantic tension between her and Fang, etc., – BUT -

(bet ya could hear that comin’, huh?)

- BUT the thing is… there just wasn’t a PLOT!

And whether you feel passionately about the subject of global warming or not, reading paragraphs upon paragraphs on the subject in the middle of an action-packed, gory, exhilarating, YA sci-fi series just doesn’t feel natural, let’s be honest. And it wasn’t integrated well. I would suddenly feel like I was being talked down to, which the previous Maximum Ride books never did! And other than the environmental speeches – the plot was very, very thin.

So, anyway… like I said. Did I hate it? Nah. Did I love it? Not even close.

Maybe you’d disagree. I encourage you to find out for yourself! Don’t just take my word for it. :)

And, WAIT! There is light at the end of the tunnel! I’ve heard other things on the grapevine as well… Like that the 5th book, MAX, is completely back on track and electrifying! So… let’s find out shall we?

Off I go to read, read, read the 5th book, MAX! :)

Make sure to come back next Monday (January 25th) for an awesome contest where you’ll get the chance to win a FREE book!!!


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