Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
Title: The Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publishing Date: April 11th 2005
Pages: 423
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Series: Maximum Ride #
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

Get ready for the maximum thrill ride from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids", who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.


My daughter and my husband both read this series when it first started, I waited forever to read the first book. I have not read it and enjoyed it. The description doesn’t really explain too much about the books so I went into the story not knowing what to expect.

The first book in the series goes into a little detail on the kids and their past. The story has 6 main characters that are children aged from 6-14 and have been genetically altered with bird DNA, they have wings, they eat tons, and they are faster and stronger than the average child. These children have spent a majority of their life living in an experimental institution.

The story takes off after the kids were broken out of the institute by a scientist named Jeb, he has educated them, trained them, and taken care of them for a while. One day he disappears and shortly after the youngest of the “flock” is kidnapped. The majority of the book is from the point of view of 14 year old Max and is about her journey to find and rescue the missing 6 year old, Angel.

I really like Max, she is very sarcastic, witty, and strong. (emotionally, mentally, and physically) She will do anything for her flock and takes care of them as if they belonged to her. She has very a very strong emotional bond with the only family she has ever had. She will not give up on the chance to give these kids a normal life. The flock consists of 14 year old Fang who is basically the second in command, 14 year old Iggy, 11 year old Nudge, 8 year old Gasman, and 6 year old Angel. They are all awesome in their own way. They all have big attitudes, snarky comments, and odd behaviors.

The end of the book concluded for the most part but left me with some questions that encouraged me to read the next book. I will continue with the series and see where it leads me.


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