James Patterson: Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel
As the seventh instalment in the best-selling Maximum
Ride series, Angel doesn’t disappoint. The novel continues the story
of a group of kids who had their DNA mixed with that of birds, giving them the ability
to fly as well as other superhuman powers.
Picking up from the last part Fang, the novel begins with Max’s anguish
over her break-up with Fang. Nevertheless, the tough flock leader rebounds and
gets ready to fight the Doomsday Group, who believe in eradicating humans for a
better Planet Earth.
After Fang leaves, he immediately begins
forming his own gang of genetically-modified humans; his only fault is that he invites
Max’s clone, Maya, to join his newly formed group. Needless to say, all hell breaks
loose when Max finds out.
But teenage Max is developing
feelings for Dylan, the newest bird kid, who was specifically designed to be
her perfect soul mate. She likes him, but she still loves Fang. Stuck in this
love triangle and faced with the Doomsday Group that has hypnotised children
all over the world, you’d think that things really couldn’t get any worse for
the fifteen-year-old flock leader. Except for when they do. As the novel
progresses, Max is faced with life-and-death decisions and has to make huge
Named after the youngest flock
member, Angel is an adventurous read packed with action. However, the
same basic use of the identical formula does suggest that maybe the series has
gone on for too long; after seven books, it has dragged on longer than
necessary. Followers of the series might feel a bit fed up with the same old let’s-save-the-world
Furthermore, seven-year-old Angel
seems too mature for her age and gives advice that indicates a deep wisdom that
is nearly impossible for a seven-year-old to have. Followers of the book series
also know that in previous books she has been constantly trying to take over
the flock and overthrow Max, yet in this instalment, Angel is represented as a perfectly
well-mannered child. Moving from one extreme to the other, the author leaves readers confused about the true nature of Angel’s personality.
Although Angel might not be
the most exciting read you’ll ever find, it is not to be missed for true devotees
of the series.