Finally we get back to the ways of the first books of the series. Nothing about saving the planet or recycling etc etc etc like in the last few. This all goes back to the this is my flock and our adventures type of books. Though it does leave one HUGE cliff hanger (to be finished up in the next book which will be the final book), this one was rather interesting though I wish it had more. It just seemed like the story just stopped and you're left wondering what the heck!! But still, at least James has made progress towards bringing back the flock I loved!
If you are following this series, then by now you know that these "birdkids" have spent the whole series trying to save the world. Well in this book, they get a chance to stop the Doomsday Group from destroying the world. Fang has left the group and created his own gang. However the Doomsday threat is too big for his small group and he contacts Max and invites her group to join his group hoping that their combined power and skills will be enough to overcome the threat.
I can't decide whether I like the split group or not. I was shocked at Fang's choices for his group and disappointed in him. I think Max handled the situation pretty well considering she was working with a broken heart. I found the Doomsday Group to be incredibly annoying and I thought the rallies went on much longer than needed. The cliff-hanger ending was heartbreaking and will have people jonesing for the next book.
Reviewed by Cinnamon for TeensReadToo.com
Fang has left, and Max, hurt and bewildered, has no idea how to function anymore. She knows that the world still needs saving - that life is bigger than just the two of them - but it is one thing to say it and another to believe it.
When the deserter, he-whose-name-must-never-be-mentioned, suddenly fires a call their way out of the blue, Max, Dylan, and the gang are dragged into yet another plot for world domination - or, in this case, mass destruction. The Doomsday Group has suddenly sprung up out of nowhere. With its hypnotic figurehead, the DG is gaining followers fast. After witnessing a group rally, the two groups led by Max and Fang journey to the DG's headquarters in an attempt to crush the cult right at its roots.
Never underestimate a group of crazed and fanatical humans, even if they aren't genetically enhanced, even if they aren't the future of mankind, as the DG have started to call Max and her little group. The future of mankind, huh? That is quite a title.
Followers of the MAXIMUM RIDE series have come a long way, from Max's first discovery of her real identity to the various times her gang has successfully thwarted a crazed scientist or politician of some sort. ANGEL, this newest installment of the series, brings forth with it yet another villain to eradicate, which makes it feel as if the former books of the series don't matter at all plot-wise. However, Max has not lost her sarcastic touch and gangstah attitude, and the presence of Dylan creates - yes, you guessed it - a love triangle.
Really, Mr Patterson, I expected more of you. MAXIMUM RIDE started out as a fresh new series and has now been reduced to just another teen paranormal novel, in terms of characterization, at least.
While the plot of this book grabbed the reader's attention, there was not much depth to it. Even so, I could not resist reading the novel in one sitting, so I suppose I shouldn't be complaining. I did feel like Mr. Patterson was making too much of an effort to sound like a teen girl, though. Yes, Max is fifteen, but like, teen girls don't like, OMG, add in a "like" every few words when they like, talk, you know? I was fifteen four months ago. Trust me; I know what I'm talking about.
Despite all that, MAXIMUM RIDE is addictive and a very fun series to read. I know it seems as if I butchered every aspect of ANGEL, but still, I will not hesitate to obtain a copy of the next book in the series when it is published.
We have a weird relationship, Max and I.
A bit drawn out, not much advancement of plot - one more book to go - not sure if I want it.