Review: The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1) by James Patterson

13152The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: April 11th, 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action

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Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.


This is a book I always thought I wouldn’t enjoy.

I saw it numerous times at my former high school’s library and, each time I came across it, I would let my fingers linger on the cover, a pensive expression on my face, and think, ‘‘Naaaah, not for me.’’

Boy was I wrong not to read it YEARS ago. ‘‘The Angel Experiment’’ is such a fast-paced, action-packed, well, RIDE.

I thought it would be about actual angels, but that’s not what Max and her friends are. They are literal experiments with bird genes in their blood. How messed up is that? But hey, they have crazy superpowers and…

ALL OF THEM CAN FLY. I thought Catwoman was pretty awesome with her ability to jump great lengths and move like a cat, but nothing beats being able to fly.

It’s definitely an enthralling read. The action is ever present; things are always moving, always progressing. Granted, for most of the book, there’s this game of cat and mouse going on, so that can get repetitive, but there are many other things happening.

Max’s voice is a young one, but that’s normal since she’s fourteen years old. We can’t really expect her to be devoid of immaturity. Still, she’s strong, brave and loyal to her friends.

And isn’t it refreshing to read YA novels without romance? SO refreshing. BUT, I think there will be more of it in the sequels…

Give this a shot if you have some time to kill and are curious about mutants like ‘‘The Fantastic Four’’ (but with cooler superpowers!).


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4 thoughts on “Review: The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1) by James Patterson

  1. I used to love these books! The Maximum Ride series was one of the first YA series I fell in love with. I have to warn you, the books go kind of downhill after the fourth one but the first three are freakin’ fantastic! I agree, the books are fast paced and the pages just fly by (:D hehe).


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