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James Patterson's 'Max': A Review

Updated on February 12, 2018
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With a few published short stories to his name, James aspires to become a successful novelist in the horror genre.

Pages: 271

Rating: ****

While I still consider myself a major fan of the series (almost verging on the edge of obsession) I feel slightly disappointed by the latest entry into the Maximum Ride saga. I'm really beginning to see the same kind of plot emerge throughout the books. While it's nice to see a few changes in scenery and an almost fresh set of challenges, Max's enemies need to come up with something a little bit more creative. Then again, how much trouble could an elite flock of super species bird kids possibly get into?

We open up to find the flock having recently accepted a job as spokes people for the Coalition to Stop the Madness (CSM). The CSM is a organization of individuals who are all about saving the environment and fighting corrupt corporations. Co-founded by Dr. Martinez, it seems only natural that Max would jump at the chance to work alongside her newly found mother. Despite all the good efforts of the CSM, there are some greedy businessmen who would do anything to silence the Coalition. Including targeting Max and her family. After a failed assassination attempt at a CSM rally in Mexico City, the flock decide to lay low for a while until the heat cools down. However, regardless of the best attempts at blending in, they are tailed to their latest safe house and ambushed. Which leads to the abduction of Dr. Martinez. Forced to make a daring rescue attempt, Max, Fang, Nudge, Iggy, Gazzy and Angel embark on a journey that will take them into the deepest depths of the ocean and straight into the clutches of a brand new enemy. It's always been clear that the flock is the dominate force of the sky, but how will they fare under the sea? More importantly, why is Angel being so rebellious?

Max (Maximum Ride, Book 5)
Max (Maximum Ride, Book 5)

Here's the next entry to the Maximum Ride series!


Don't get me wrong, 'Max' was still an enjoyable read. I knocked this one out in about two days. Max's wonderfully sarcastic wit is still predominant. Although, in a rare instance, we see some of her weaknesses and cracks in the bonds of her flock. My only real complaint is the repetitiveness of the story. One flock member gets kidnapped, the rest of the flock comes to the rescue and then the flock ponder their next move. It's this equation that's getting a bit old. Thankfully, we still have the flock's flamboyant personalities, aerodynamics and kick ass action that will help keep you turning the pages in suspense. I hate to do it, but Patterson has lost a little elevation on this novel. I'm still going to give it a respectable four stars, as 'Max' seems to be the weakest entry into the series so far. The drama remains intact, the adventure is clear, however the plot is getting a tad dull. I'm staying positive that the next novel will return me to that elevated plane above the clouds where the bird kids dwell.

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