1.5 out of 5 RobotsMy Review:
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson was the soulless first installment of the Maximum Ride series. First of all, why did everyone recommend this book to me just because I love Harry Potter and Bartimaeus and The Hunger Games? (Wait, did I just answer my own question?! Haha!) I love fantasy/sci-fi YA... but boy did I struggle through this book. When I put the book down, I wasn't even wondering what was going to happen to the characters next. When that book was down I was thinking 'ugh, I have to pick that back up? I haven't finished that yet?' Sorry for the crummy review- I think I'm feeling guilty. Now, don't get me wrong- I think the story was awesome. It could have been an enthralling, intense read if there would have been more depth to the characters/plot but there just wasn't. I just kept waiting to find something out that excited me or made me want to keep reading. It never happened. I felt like the entire book was filler.
Alright, do you want the plot? I can't hear your response so you're gettin' it! "The Angel Experiment" is the story of six children who happen to be 98% human and 2% bird. Yes, they are the product of a genetic experiment. Through the entirety of the book the six children (Max, Iggy, Nudge, Fang, Angel and Gasman) are being chased by Erasers. The Erasers are another genetic experiment with a much shorter lifespan than our bird-children. The Erasers are trying to recapture the children to bring them back to the lab whilst our six adventurers are trying to sort out their pasts and figure out who they are.
This whole book really could have been done in like.... 200 pages instead of 400+ I was feeling like Patterson was trying TOO hard to relate to his YA audience. Anyone ever had a parent, teacher, old man try to talk two generations younger than their own? It just doesn't work for me. Just- stop that!
I apologize now for everyone who loved this book and suggested I read it. I always feel guilty for shitting on books my friends recommend. Haha. (Sorry!) I may try to read the second book, just because I think everyone deserves a second chance. ...It will be awhile before I do so, as I will have to forget the hours of boredom I spent with this book. Don't read this unless you're a big James Patterson fan.
Published: 2001 by Warner
Mass Market Paperback: 464 Pages
Other Books in this series in the order they should be read:
- The Angel Experiment
- School's Out - Forever
- Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
- The Final Warning
- MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel
- Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel (March 2010)