Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride, #8
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Reading Level: Young Adult
Order here: Amazon or B&N
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
One last chance…
For Max, Fang, Angel, Iggy, Nudge, and Gazzy.
Before it all ends.
Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.
Well, it is finally over.
Let me start out by saying that I was in love with this series. WAS being the key word. I WAS in love with this series up until the dreadfully terrible book 4.
This series started out amazingly. Mutant bird kids! What an awesome idea! And the always welcome tension between Max and Fang (yes I am completely Team Fang!). But things changed when the environmentalists invaded…
The first series ruin-er was the Global Warming Epidemic in The Last Warning. We go from epic kick-assery or evil scientists in the 3rd book to lame-ass global warming in the 4th? And no, I don’t believe in global warming but it has nothing to do with why I hate this concept being in the books. This series was about action, adventure, romance, and general kick-assery. But instead it turned into liberal, political propaganda. Like Avatar (the blue people movie, not the kick-ass show (the original, not the new one) on Nick).
The other series ruin-ers were Dylan and Maya (aka Max II). WTF were you thinking Patterson?! We, the true Max fans, waited for 5 books for Fax. FIVE BOOKS! Through terrible story lines and plot twists, etc for that one thing. Then, you give it to us. And we are happy dancing for that book and the next. Until you rip our dance floor out from under us and send Fang away. NO. Then, to top it off, try to throw new love interests in there for them and just believe us to accept it. I think not. I hate them both….
Also, WTF happened to Iggy, Nudge and Gazzy? I used to love these three, now they’re just massive, minor/background characters that barely interact with the other characters and in no way add to the storyline. He turned Nudge into a blundering. always crying, pathetic idiot. She used to be strong and amazing. Now she’s just annoying. Iggy and Gazzy used to blow stuff up all the time and get in trouble and be adorable. Now they apparently do nothing. Very disappointing.
Anyway. This final book wasn’t all bad, but it definitely wasn’t spectacular or something I’ll be reading again. If you have read the entire MR series, I would urge you to read Nevermore. It ties up a few strings, like who the mysterious Voice really is (which, honestly, really surprised me, and confused me. Totally out of left field and doesn’t really make sense?). If you’re a die-hard fan, bring some tissues.
Goodbye Maximum Ride. May you rest in peace and never come back with a spin-of series about Max’s kids or some shit.