Although James Patterson may best be known for his Alex Cross mysteries and Women’s Murder Club series, readers more familiar with his work may know that he has more up his sleeve than just adult thrillers. In fact, Patterson recently released the third book in his Maximum Ride series, meant for the young adult crowd. These books follow a group of kids known as “the flock,” who, because of experimentation that was done on them, are left with bird DNA that gives them avian-like qualities.
The flock is led by 14-year-old Max, and she and the other “bird kids” range in age from 6 to early teenager-hood. Although, as you can probably already tell, science fiction plays a large role in these novels, there is plenty of action, adventure, comedy, and even a little romance to appeal to even the most skeptical pre-teen or young adult. As well received by parents as kids, the first two books in the series, The Angel Experiment and School’s Out Forever, led to the creation of character blogs, a MySpace profile, and even movie talk.
Constantly on the run, the flock’s adventures bring them from California to New York City, from Texas to Germany, and touch on everything from mad scientists to the environment to Internet blogging. With characters who are both implausible and yet still incredibly real, the stories are edge-of-your seat exciting, entertaining, and poignant. Interweaving into the thrills stories of friendship, morals, and loyalty, Patterson ensures parents will approve and kids everywhere will relate. Easy to read, witty, and engaging, these books are sure to get young readers excited to pick up a book time and again.