Ok, the humor was still there The book was funny Thin But funny SPOILERS BEGIN I completely felt the ending was horrible It was a disappointment It was like Patterson was attempting to write the book, but wasn t done yet, and had forgotten to put in most of the excitement I was also angry at the sorely lacking Max Fang scenes Sure we had a kiss and a mention every other chapter, but there was nothing sturdy Even the ending, it ends with them going off on another mission No closure Mr James Patterson, if this really is the ending of the series, I m disappointed If there s well, I m still disappointed, but a lot less Sure I laughed, but there wasn t really any action or adventure I was hoping for It seemed like a cry to save the earth, which the other books had some undertones of, but none of which were so strong as in here I justdidn t like it shakes head I mean, the writing was fine, but it was pretty anticlimatic.Anyways, yeah, this is exactly how I felt after reading Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer too Too many writers are being rushed to finish the books so the readers won t have to keep waiting, and then we re disappointed shrugs I want books I want Fang Max I want action and adventure Quite a disapointment, compared to the other three books It s about a third of the size, and is not nearly as good as the others Where is the HEART POUNDING ACTION The WITTY SARCASTIC HUMOR The SUSPENSE that makes you wanna CRY everytime you are forced to put the book down.I ve heard rumors that there are going to be 5 books of this series, and I can only hope the others are much much much better. What the hell was that I ve been enjoying the humor and action and adventure of this series even though they are young adult and I m anything but but this OK, yeah, it had the humor And about two chapters of action and adventure The rest was penguins and Antarctica and snow and OHNOESGLOBALWARMINGISTEHBAAAAAAADDDDD 1 11 ELEVENTY ONE Mr Patterson, if I want a lecture on global warming shoved down my throat, I ll go talk to Al Gore From you I want what you do best action, adventure, mystery, drama and a teensy bit of romance thrown in for good measure You ve done it before, you can do it again Let s just pretend this little piece of crap you call a book doesn t exist, m kay The release of a sequel is an anticipated event, especially if the sequel is written by a wildly popular, best selling author like James Patterson Approximately 4.8 million copies have been sold of the previous three books in the Maximum Ride series, so hopes were high that Final Warning, the new installment, would be just as entertaining When a sequel fails to live up to the standards of the previous books in the series, readers feel let down There are three issues that affect the quality of Final Warning First, there is a lack of adventure in this installment of the action packed Maximum Ride adventure series It seemed to be of an extended brainstorming session instead of actual problem solving Second, the length of this book is an issue For a novel that has a retail price of 20, 272 pages is pretty skimpy especially when you consider that The Angel Experiment, the first book in the series, had 432 pages Finally, and most importantly, is the story itself If the story had been interesting and new, the reader would be able to overlook the page length Instead of adding anything new to the story, Patterson chose to focus on the issue of global warming and have The Flock, the six bird kids we ve come to love, assist with scientific research in Antarctica Final Warning appears to be of a filler book than a necessary part of the series In fact, if a reader were to skip Final Warning, there probably wouldn t be a problem catching up when a fifth book is published Instead of a character driven storyline, Patterson has given us an extended public service announcement on global warming, and while global warming is a serious issue we need to think about, a young adult adventure novel might not be the best place to hammer the issue home. AAAAAAAhhhhhh This series is fun The first three books are an action packed fun adventure with decent characters There are plot holes, but the point is believable teenage angst in the midst of constant danger This 4th book has some good parts involving the characters dealing with adults expectations of them But it is also a full on, boring, crappy, global warming propaganda pamphlet with some random bad guy thrown in out of nowhere and an extra bad hurricane due to global warming of course that fortuitously saves them They ve been fighting killer, flying, mutant wolves, robots, and clones, and now they suddenly see that GLOBAL WARMING is the true threat STUPID It is utterly inconsistent with the plot and theme of the series to jump from shadow government organizations and amoral corporations bent on enslaving and killing the mutant bird kids in order to take over the world to playing with penguins and ratifying the Kyoto Treaty yes this 14 yr old heroine got that specific The bad guys are global warming extremists and apparently unrelated to the overall bad guys from the other books The next book is set up at the end as they fly off to meet at some distant coordinates and get back to fighting robots this whole book appears to be a lame tangent you could skip completely.The global warming debate is an interesting and important one in my opinion but keep the preaching out of a series completely based on action, teen identity, and family lack of family roles This book feels like Patterson felt an urge to save the world and sold out like Michael Jordan selling underwear If you want good novels with consistent environmental themes that make sense, try Hoot and Flush by Carl Hiaasen.
I dropped this series after this book I found it too childish and cliche It s a great premise and I had positive expectations but it ended up falling short for me It s a shame, I had hoped to enjoy this series as so many others had. Maximum Ride was created to save the world Now she just needs to figure out how the voice in her head thinks she s going to do this.With the rest of her flock of Avian Human hybrids, Max moves from taking down evil corporations to stopping global warming cause penguins are cute and hurricanes are bad.Now, if only Patterson could be bothered to finish one plot thread before moving on to six.If this hadn t been a Maximum Ride book, I would have never finished it, and most likely never even bought it My general love for Max and the flock is the only thing that got me through all the pages of propaganda about global warming There were lectures Multiple page long lectures about global warming Now, there has always been a definite undertone of eco warrior, clean up pollution, corporations are bad, etc in the books But that took a sideline to the action and characters In this book, I really felt that Patterson just wanted to talk about global warming and decided to use Max to get his point across Supposedly, this is the last book, but if it isn t, I will be hard pressed to pick up a new title Whatever your feelings on global warming are, I hate being lectured to in fiction and feeling like someone is dumping their propaganda down my throat Barely anything even happened in the book, they were too busy talking about global warming I m all for empowering kids to make a difference in the world, but I also want them to think about multiple sides of an issue, I want them to question and read scientific studies for themselves, not listen to a pop culture icon tell them how it is I mean, how many of us lived through the Just say no drug campaigns of the 90s, not to mention the This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs scare tactics At least now they have commercials that go I got high Nothing happened Nothing at all I just sat on my couch all day like an idiot You know what I don t want to get high any, so that something can actually happen in my life Stuff like that tells it how it is Sure, Max questions slightly if it s really bad if the world gets a few degrees warmer, but they stick to the scare tactics and over dramatization that has been popular in global warming ever since An Inconvenient Truth Complete with ending the book with worst hurricane ever recorded which huh, the bad guys seemed to know was coming, so maybe it wasn t all natural Never explored this in the book of course.This book offended me I feel like Patterson thinks that I have no right to decide for myself what s really happening or not in global warming and that I m so stupid that I need to be scared into doing what he has decided is the right thing And what gets me even is that nobody says a word about this book being such a propaganda tool, but if I wrote a book about a group of kids spreading a counter message, that maybe global warming is part of a natural cycle and that there are issues involved than just human innovation and existence, then you can bet a million groups would be descending on me like I was trying to poison their children s minds by telling them Santa Claus isn t real.The hundred pages or so that weren t devoted to saying global warming BAD were enjoyable though More Max and Fang romantic confusion and tension I feel like Patterson has that relationship pretty well fleshed out, though I d like to see some closure or at least some forward movement Their relationship really hasn t evolved much from the last book And at the beginning of this book, they have the funeral for Ari, and I feel so sorry for that kid Rereading the series before I read this book, my heart just broke for him He s easily the most tragic character in the series Still, I only felt like maybe a fourth of the book was about the characters, a fourth on action, and a half on, well, see above There are so many interactions and relationships that still need to be fleshed out in the books Max and Jeb especially have a complex relationship that I d like to see keep evolving I rather doubt this really is the last book Patterson left too much open, we still know nothing about the voice, and there s a lot about Max and the flock that keeps getting hinted at, then abandoned I cringe to think of another book though, as disappointing as this one was to me overall Maybe he ll fast forward a bit, let Max grow up some I d really like to see Max be a little older, because I think her character interactions are at a standstill until she matures a bit , then her relationships with Jeb and Fang, as well as the rest of the flock, will be able to expand Edit Yep, there is a fifth book listed on Yay Maybe this one will have character development Or maybe they ve decided to cool off the world by beating their wings really fast Okay, and seriously, if you call one bad guy the director then, you know what, James Patterson I m gonna hit you over the head with a thesaurus I m beginning to feel like he doesn t actually read his own writing once he s finished Not only are there three bad guys called the director oh, sorry, one is the Uber Director , but in one book one person was indicated to be The Director, and the next book it s someone else He repeats a lot of the same kinds of things, has inconsistent chronology exactly how long does it take to fly somewhere Huh Seems to vary by book , never mentioned Nudge was black in the first book at least not that I could find, I m thinking he didn t decide that till book two , and leaves me wondering how even a windbreaker can cover up their wings enough that they don t look like hunchbacks And, yeah, the wings thing I really want to see the movie manga, because I cannot picture how it s supposed to work Their wing tips should at least fall over their butt Fourteen feet of actual bone, feather, and muscle only becomes so compact And they mention cutting slits in jackets, but what about their shirts And it doesn t seem like they would be able to just snap their wings out of those slits as easily as they always do Especially while wearing backpacks and such But okay, enough over thinking these books I think the the author lectures to me about science and real world stuff, the I question how unlikely his books are to be able to happen in the real world.Something else I thought of a few days after finishing the book okay, biggest hurricane in recorded history happens That s really, really bad, right Yet, that hurricane is the only reason Max and the flock get away from the Uber Director Huh Global warming bad But without it, Max and the flock were in big trouble Bit of a problem with your message there, huh, Patterson Once again, I don t think he s rereading what he writes.More at Bookwyrm Chrysalis What the hell That was my general reaction to this book Also, Why A dog who already TALKS growing WINGS What the hell Why This development is completely irrelevant to the plot, other then being cool , and annoyingly convenient Same with Angel the 6 year old flying who can read and control minds, to refresh your memory suddenly being able to change her appearance at will When inexplicable things like this happened in the other books, I played along, because the books are fun to read and I thought they would probably serve some purpose in the next book No such luck the plot of Maximum Ride is increasingly inconsistant and frankly, slap dash The Final Warning is the worst yet What s , I am doubting the ability of the author to kill off his main characters or anyone who s not a bad guy, for that matter It s a miracle that Angel, Total and Akila survived being trapped in an ice crevice in Antartica I thought Akila at least, a non sentient dog we had just met, would be killed off But not only is she back to normal shortly, the flock adopts her even though it s incredibly inconvenient for them Another addition to their happy little invincible flock The flock also survives flying, unprotected, in a category 5 hurricance For an enviornmentalist book, it s alarming unappreciative of the sheer power of nature They should have been ripped apart.Consolidate all this with a global warming theme that comes straight out of an annoying educational video and you have I ll go ahead and say it a bad book It stands on such flimsy foundations that it s crossed the line from a fun dessert read to a book that s embarassing to be caught wasting your time on Will I pick up the next book Maybe once I ve calmed down a bit Will I enjoy it Even less likely.