Review: Maximum Ride, Vol. 2

6406017Maximum Ride, Vol. 2 by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Manga, Science Fiction, Action

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Having recovered Angel, Max and the flock head to New York City to pursue a lead regarding their true identities. But where the flock goes, erasers are sure to follow! Even more troubling, though, is the voice that’s begun whispering in Max’s head. Is it really her destiny to save the world?


The first volume in this manga series adapts half of the first book in the Maximum Ride series, while this second volume adapts the second half, so the rest of the first book.

I actually preferred the first volume to this, although only by a half-star, because I enjoyed the first half of the novel best, the one in which the characters were presented and the kidnapping happened—I just felt like things were more exciting.

But this is very good too. It’s still action-packed—that definitely hasn’t changed, and I found myself admiring the backgrounds of New York City. There are many scenes I couldn’t wait to get to, such as the one with Celeste, at the sea and at the Institute, which didn’t end up disappointing me.

Like the book, it’s confusing. Or maybe I should say strange. Because now that Max hears voices in her head, we have more questions for the author. What the hell is happening? Who is speaking to her and how? And really, how is she supposed to save the world?

I noticed the dialog isn’t divided evenly between the six angels, but I guess the author doesn’t have that much of a choice since it’s a manga and dialog is very precious in them. We can’t add dialog if it doesn’t contribute to the story in any salient way. Plus no one has time for chitchat, important things are at stake!

Great sequel. I can’t wait to know more.


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