After becoming pretty interested in the first four books in this series I was very excited to get my hands on Max the fifth installment. I was under the impression that this was the final book- I cannot remember if there was a specific reason that I believed that but- I was wrong. The ends are not tied up neatly at the end of this book. Instead I am once again left wondering what happens next. I am not sure how I feel about that.
I am unsure as to how I should feel about this because this book lacked something the others had. I am not sure exactly what it was, but I was much less satisfied with this one. Certain parts of the story are developed more, such as the relationship between Max and Fang. But I felt we went no where with regards to who Jeb is, how Max is going to fulfill her destiny, and several other things. This is not to say I don’t recommend it, but just be prepared? I will probably continue reading the series, because Patterson did what he set out to do with these books and made me want, if not NEED to know what happens in the end.
I hear that a movie is in the works… and I think that could be super cool or super lame. We’ll see which way it goes.
On a quite positive note, one of the kids that I have in the summer camp I’m working with loves these books so we were able to establish a connection/relationship by talking about them. Which is one of the reasons I like reading YA.
My previous recommendations for these books being suitable for middle and high school students who want to read outside of school still stands. In fact I noticed even more in this book how careful Patterson is to make sure that the language and situations are age appropriate.
Filed under: Adventure, First Love/Crushes, Fitting In, Individual Read, Physical Disability, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Teen Boys, Teen Girls | Tagged: James Patterson, Maximum Ride, YA Literature, Young Adult |