ANGEL: A MAXIMUM RIDE NOVEL By James Patterson [Review]
James Patterson is probably unarguably the bestselling writer in America. The man cranks out novels across enough genres to make the rest of us pale to think of the effort and just gape at the sheer volume of work. The thing is, some of it is good and some of it is… just so so. I think some of Patterson’s forays into Young Adult Literature and the Urban Fantasy world are less successful than some of this other works. ANGEL: A MAXIMUM RIDE NOVEL is one of these.
It wasn’t always that way. The debut novels were all good, and that was true of the Maximum Ride Series as well. In fact the first three books were excellent and the next two good. This one is somewhat less so. I don’t know if it is just that the books long back and forth between Fang and Dylan is getting to me or if it’s just that the series itself is starting to peter out. Not every series needs to be hundreds of books long, and Angel just floundered. It had its exciting moments but, overall it was just not what the other books were.
The evil is busily convincing Max she has to save the world, push evolution forward and get together with Dylan. (Evil is not to be trusted as a matchmaker.) Meanwhile, Fang is gathering up his own happy band to solve things and it all comes to a bit of a head in the end.
I might sound a little less than thrilled by the whole thing, and I am. I wondered once or twice while reading the book just what Patterson was thinking. Max was not even the Max of former novels. I hate it when a good hero goes all blah. The ending was beyond disappointing. While I have enjoyed the books, I am not a huge fan of the series, but even so I was sorely disappointed by the end. For fans it might be crushing. All in all Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel is pretty much for hardcore fans only, and even then, be warned, you’re probably not going to be happy at the end.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Little, Brown and Company | Pages: 320 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon