Dust Jacket Description:
"In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of whack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?"
Characters: Nothing is genuine in this entire novel. Patterson tries desperately to fit the teen voice and misses. There are glimmers of times where he gets it right and then plunges back into a plot heavy, mission light formula. Max has the potential to be a fully formed strong heroine. I didn't have enough time with her to possibly see that. There are too many supposedly quirky characters in this book and not enough individually. The Erasers are certainly creep and have some significant potential that might be explored in the next book, however. Beyond that, every single move completely misses the mark. Patterson seems to be trying to craft a successful YA novel. That, he accomplished. As for three dimensional character, he's nowhere close. 2 and a half flowers.
Writing: Patterson does have a strong voice that resonated in earlier chapters. It just doesn't seem like a teenager to me. The pacing is way too quick for my tastes. A huge change would occur in one paragraph without too much introduction to the situation. I had to reread certain passages too many times to count. The dialogue made me cringe. Nothing left me satisfied. 2 and a half flowers.
Plot: There's a flash of one in parts, but mostly I'm just left completely lost. Patterson's attempts at gripping leave me confused. There are so many plot holes as well. Nothing makes any sense and nothing makes me want a sequel. 2 and a half flowers.
End: What. I do not even care anymore. 2 flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: I think this is a Goodreads librarian description, but it is highly accurate. Good on ya, goodreads! 5 flowers.
Cover: Creepy and gripping. Nice marketing. 4 and a half flowers.
Overall: It's gotten a lot of press, but do not waste your time. 2 flowers.