James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series

James Patterson, who I know also writes drama, action, adventure adult novels but of which I have never read, has written a series for kids.  I stumbled across it somehow and picked it up. Since I am writing a novel for young adults I thought it would be wise to see what’s selling.

Here is the book series so far:

The Angel Experiment
School’s Out – Forever
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The Final Warning

So far I have gotten through Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports and I am waiting for The Final Warning from the library. When I picked up the first book I was again, reading it to fill the gap while waiting for some other books to come in.  The stories are about six kids who have been science experiments their whole (young) life. They have been grafted with avian dna and all of them have wings (they are called ‘the flock’ amongst themselves) and many of them have other abilities that manifest during their adventures.  They escaped the evil facility known as the school and are on the run. 

The first book I found very easy to put down during the first third or so.  But by that time, you know enough of their situations, you have affinity for the characters (or lack thereof for some characters) and you want them to win.  Just when you’re getting to that conclusion, their lives get turned upside down and sideways.  Once I got through that first third, I had a much harder time putting them down.  Mind you, these are definitely books for younger readers too so don’t expect adult content but they are very enjoyable adventures that you will probably save (or make note of) to turn your kids onto when they get old enough to read a full length novel.

If you want a nice, interesting, adventurous read in a kid view setting – this ones good.