By James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2008
256 pages, paperback
Date Finished: 10/2/2011
Genres: Action, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction
In this breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson, a girl has to save herself from an army assembled just to capture her-and maybe save the planet while she's at it.
Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment.
Max and the other members of the Flock-six kids who share her remarkable ability-have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the causes of global warming. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism--and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.
But even in Antarctica, trapped in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. Maximum Ride is James Patterson's greatest character, a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at once.
~First Line: "Ssssss."
~Last Line: "My heart was so full of freedom that I felt like it mught burst."
Review: Leanne and several others forewarned me that The Final Warning wasn't nearly as entertaining as the preceding novels in the series. However, it was an ill forewarning. I enjoyed the Maximum Ride installation more than the other books, really.
In this book Max and the flock go to Antarctica to help save the world ... from global warming. I have to say, even though the world needs to save itself before it's too late, I definitely wasn't expecting them to travel to the South Pole. The flock enjoyed it down there, actually; they were free to fly around and got to see some penguins :). *Oh, how I do love penguins!*
As to be expected if you've started this series, there was unquestionably some action. Butt-kicking, "you better leave us alone" action at that. Obviously there's a little adventure involved since they are going to the bottom of the Earth. Max and Fang are having trouble with their relationship; to make it even worse for Max, Fang is falling for one of the scientists that they are working with. I LOVE Max, but she needs to make up her mind already! One minute she doesn't want Fang being all lovey-dovey with her, but then the next she can't stand seeing him flirting with other women, in this case the scientist previously mentioned.
But anywho, this is a really good addition to the Maximum Ride series. What makes it my favorite (so far) is that Max, after a lot of calamities, gets to speak in front of Congress about how they seriously need to start taking action to help save the world from global warming. Honestly, everything she tells them is true, and we need to pay attention to that. Max even provides some ways for the real world (which is us) to help out; you can find those at the very bottom of this post.
I really do hope that you get a chance to read this novel. I know that you will at least enjoy it a little!
Quotes from the Book:
"My eyes flickered when I heard the Voice inside my head. (You mean you don't have one? You can get 'em at Target.)"
"A teen magazine would have encouraged me to get in touch with my inner feelings. So I searched deep within myself and realized that my inner feelings were telling me to punch all of them in the face. Which is why teen magazines just don't seem to apply to my life."
" 'I am Gozen,' the big thing said.
Nudge's brow wrinkled. 'Like Japanese dumplings?'
'That woujld be gyoza,' Fang murmured at Nudge."
Save the World. Wings not required.
Did you know:
1. Every three months Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire US air fleet.
2. Americans trash 700 plastic bottles every second. It's enough to make 2 million fleece sweaters every day.
3. A water faucet that leaks one drop per second will drip 165 gallons a month.
4. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enogh energy to operate a TV for three hours.
5. Americans use almost 100 billion plastic bags every year. Their use is banned in several countries.
What are you waiting for?