Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3)
Title: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publishing Date: May 29th 2007
Pages: 432
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Series: Maximum Ride #3
Source: Paperback

Goodreads Summary:

In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them--but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?


The adventure continues in the 3rd installment of Maximum Ride. The flock is on the run again and in this book we have Max denying her feelings for Fang, Max discovering who her parents are, the flock splitting up because of a disagreement, Fang continuing his blog, Max fighting in a gladiator style battle, more secrets revealed, more experiments uncovered, and more character bonding.

Max is still sarcastic, over protective, and wanting a normal life. She fights with herself throughout the book because she wants a family, school, a boyfriend but around every corner there seems to be danger. I do find myself really rooting for people that seem to care about Max to end up good and not evil. I think Max deserves a break! We do learn more about Max and about the evil experiments on her flock and others including the Erasers. Just a tad bit more is exposed in this book, enough to keep me reading but not enough to keep me from wanting to pull my hair out. Ok maybe not that extreme, but I am sure you get the point. 

It is another book filled with lots of action and a fast paced story, but it seems we are still getting to the main point of the series very very slowly. I am also a little confused on the how cross breeding birds with humans and other experiments are going to save the world from environmental dangers. This book did get a little more involved in the politics of saving the environment, which I am fine with but it didn’t feel like it fit with the experiments that included the flock. I still very much liked the book but this part of it did get on my nerves a bit and that is why I gave it 3 to 3.5 hearts instead of 4 hearts.


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