(BTW: Maximum Ride is the name of the series–you can find it here if you want: https://www.goodreads.com/series/43579-maximum-ride)
The Angel Experiment: Summary by James Patterson
WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE.
Do not put this book down. I’m dead serious – your life could depend on it. I’m risking everything by telling you – but you need to know.
STRAP YOURSELF IN for the thrill ride you’ll want to take again and again! From Death Valley, California, to the bowels of the New York City subway system, you’re about to take off on a heart-stopping adventure that will blow you away…
YOUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS: Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. Six kids who are pretty normal in most ways – except that they’re 98 percent human, 2 percent bird. They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they’re free. Aside, of course, from the fact that they’re prime prey for Erasers – wicked wolflike creatures with a taste for flying humans.
THE MISSIONS: Rescue Angel from malicious mutants. Infiltrate a secret facility to track down the flock’s missing parents. Scavenge for sustenance. Get revenge on an evil traitor. And save the world. If there’s time.
First, before I get started, I apologize in advance to all the James Patterson fans out there for this review. I personally know that he’s an extremely talented author, but this book just did not hit the mark for me.
To start things off in a good note, I will be talking about the pros. In all honesty, although I say that I did not like this book at all, I couldn’t put it down. I found myself constantly carrying it around; reading it when I had nothing to do. The storyline was definitely fresh, and the plot and conflict straightforward. The language was easy to understand, and there were no confusions whatsoever on where the story was heading. Because the story was a pretty straightforward “hero VS. bad guy” type of story, the main characters and also the teenage heroes of the story were lovable. Also, I felt that the variety of point of view was well done to clearly map out the fact that Max was the main character, but it made sure not to leave out the rest of the flock’s views and experiences. Lastly, the voice of the narrator and also the main character of the book, Max, was attractive and had a hint of sarcastic humor that kept me reading. Now, to move on to the cons.
Personally, I found that the characters’ actions did not line up with what kind of character Patterson wanted to portray. For example, Fang was SUPPOSED to be portrayed as a silent but strong character with seemingly little to no emotions, but due to the fact that Patterson didn’t save Fang’s outbursts for intense moments but instead planted them throughout the whole story, he just seemed like everyone else. What I’m saying is that there were no defining actions that set apart each character apart. Also, the characters, who are teenagers, didn’t exactly sound like teenagers; they sounded like immature old people. But they were still lovable. The ideas for the different quirks belonging to every character were definitely there, but I felt as if the ideas didn’t turn out so well on paper. The storyline was murky and there were no explanations for the things that were happening to the flock, but it could have just been a stylistic choice, so I didn’t really mind that. However, I believe that the motives of the characters should be believable for the story to move on smoothly, and there was no exact believable motive for the characters to do what they were doing. Yes, there was a motive, to find out about their mysterious past, but it wasn’t strong enough to keep the characters moving forward. However in one instance, Patterson actually planted a strong motive: saving Angel (one of the flock members). But, they didn’t seem to care much about her even after stating that they wouldn’t be a whole without her. My point is that the characters’ passion for the motives seemed to be switched up: they tried when they didn’t need to and didn’t try when they were called to. All in all, due to that, the story seemed kind of silly and I found myself wondering why they were here or there at that specific moment. In conclusion, I think that the developement of the story was poor, but the plot was exciting and packed with action scenes. I give this book a 1.5/5👍. However, no matter how much I didn’t like this particular book in the series, I do ship Max and Fang, so I will be reading on. I hope the rest of the series gets better with time.