Monday, October 24, 2011
Maximum Ride: the Final Warning by James Patterson
Reviewed by Alexander G.
Have you ever dreamed of flying? For some of us it is just a fantasy, but for Max and her friends it's a unique reality that comes at a grim cost. Years ago, a group of scientists started experimenting with genetic hybrids. One group of creations were avian-human hybrids, or half-human, half-bird. These test subjects were Max and her "flock." Ever since escaping from their horrible incarceration, the flock has been chased by the elites of the hybrid creations.
In The Final Warning, the flock mourns the loss of their dead new ally, Ari, who had been an Eraser (half-human, half-wolf) bent on their capture and distruction. Once Ari realized he was lied to and doomed, he joined the flock. After the funeral, Dr. Martinez and Jeb take the flock to Washington DC, to negotiate with the government on the building of a school for them. However, Max, distrusting the officials, declined. Instead, Dr. Martinez told them about a research group heading to Antarctica. They take up the offer and go with the team. Weeks later, the flock is captured by a horrible creation of Itex, Gozen. They are taken to a building in Miami, where they meet the Uber-Director of Itex.
Compared to the previous books, this part of the series is relatively short. Also, there is a lot less action/fighting and more relationships, internal conflict, and a highly stressed moral that polluting is bad.
I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy books about the environment, like Flush by Carl Hiaasen. However, I would not recommend this book to people who want an extremly exciting and action-packed plot, unless you are an avid reader of the Maximum Ride series.
Also available in CD audio book format!