Brenda Cooper

Reading Recommendation: Maximum Ride (the trilogy)

This is a YA series by James Patterson. It’s very, very clever. I’d call it “Wizard of Oz meets Frankenstein in the Brave New World with a really, really cool protagonist. Add spice from superhero comics.” I shouldn’t have to comment on Patterson’s prolific ability to write an engaging story – he’s kind of a cross between Norah Roberts and Dean Koontz on about a quad shot of caffeine. Very sharp.

This should be good for kids from about 10 or 11 through death, and particularly appealing to sf nuts like me since he uses a lot of our tropes. Note – it is generally shelved in YA, although I’ve seen it cross-shelved in a variety of interesting ways (new fiction, teen reads, science fiction and fantasy).

Oh, and don’t start this one with the idea you can put it down easily – Patterson is a master at hooking you and pulling you all the way through a story. I’m going to do my darndest to learn from him by re-reading this as I work on my own modern fantasy. Even though it’s not as much a thriller as the Maximum Ride sequence, and I don’t have a genetically engineered hero. But hey, I do have a gentically engineered dog. šŸ™‚

3 Responses so far

  1. 1. shannon spencer

    THE ENTIRE TRILOGY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN ONCE I STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WONDER IF HE’LL GO FROM TRILOGY TO SERIES BECAUSE I MEAN SHEESH HE LEAVES YOU DANGLING ON TH LAST BOOK! I MEAN WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN TO FANG AND MAX? HE HAS GOT TO WRIGHT ANOTHER BOOK! IF YOUR READING THIS AUTHOR OF MAXIMUM RIDE……. WRIGHT ANOTHER BOOOK NOOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!! PLEASE!? THANKS BYE.

  2. 2. shannon spencer

    THE ENTIRE TRILOGY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN ONCE I STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WONDER IF HE’LL GO FROM TRILOGY TO SERIES BECAUSE I MEAN SHEESH HE LEAVES YOU DANGLING ON TH LAST BOOK! I MEAN WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN TO FANG AND MAX? HE HAS GOT TO WRIGHT ANOTHER BOOK! IF YOUR READING JAMES PATTERSON OF MAXIMUM RIDE……. WRIGHT ANOTHER BOOOK NOOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!! PLEASE!? THANKS BYE.

  3. 3. 8th grade student

    These books are soo good ive read all 3 of them so many times i cant even remember how much. I have read many of james Pattersons books and love them all he is such a great writer. To James Patterson, PLEASE COME OUT WITH LIKE 50 MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!