FANG (Maximum Ride Series #6) [NOOK Book]


Being a kid with wings--constantly on the run--has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the flock makes her fear the worst. Then, a cryptic message from a young girl arrives, warning them "The sky will fall." And as if an impending apocalypse weren't bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max's soul mate:...
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Being a kid with wings--constantly on the run--has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the flock makes her fear the worst. Then, a cryptic message from a young girl arrives, warning them "The sky will fall." And as if an impending apocalypse weren't bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max's soul mate: Fang will be the first to die.

Max's desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Patterson has created another thrilling adventure that is sure to capture readers' imaginations. Max is the leader of a group known as the Flock, and the story revolves around her struggles and emotional dilemmas. These winged mutants are set upon by an evil scientist who wants to use their special talents to suit his own ends. However, that is just one of Max's problems. After a dire prediction by Angel, she is terrified that Fang will die. He is the love of Max's life, and she can not bear the thought of losing him. The author's strong writing style will draw readers into the situations that arise as Max tries to protect the Flock from peril while attempting to avoid Fang's impending doom. The love triangle between Max, Fang, and another winged mutant is also well developed and creates tension throughout. The story line moves readers from the dry, sweltering heat of Africa to the bright lights of Hollywood as Max tries to maintain unity in the Flock and shelter them from danger. The action builds throughout, and there are enough plot twists and surprises to keep readers guessing about what will happen next as the young Flock is eventually snared in the villain's web. Patterson's quick-paced tale of adventure, betrayal, and redemption is full of vibrant and memorable characters. It truly has bite.—Greg Stone, Oak Mountain Middle School, Birmingham, AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316072281
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Maximum Ride Series , #6
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 13,411
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 988 KB

Meet the Author

James Patterson
James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, Confessions of a Murder Suspect and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 230 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.


James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
    2. Website:

First Chapter


A Maximum Ride Novel
By Patterson, James

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036191




I’M A GIRL OF EXTREMES. When I love something, I’m like a puppy dog (without all the licking). When I’m cranky, I’m a wasp (like, a whole hive of ’em). And when I’m angry, I’m a mother bear with a predator after her cubs: dangerous.

I say this because lately my life seemed to be all about extremes. Like right now, for instance. I was soaring twenty thousand feet in the air with the five people I loved most in the world—and no, we weren’t on a plane, hang-gliding, or hot air ballooning. We preferred to use good old-fashioned wings. The technology’s been around for eons.

If you’ve ever dreamed you could fly, I can confirm that it’s all that and better. Even if you’re desperately flying through a subway tunnel to save your life, it’s still off the charts. But today, flying over Africa…it was as good as it ever gets. Maybe the best part was that for the first time in a dog’s age, we weren’t on the run from madmen. We were on a mission—to do good.

“Max!” Iggy called over to me. “Why did they name themselves Chad? I mean, Chad. It’s like naming a whole country Biff or Trey. I don’t get it.”

“Ig, don’t be ignorant,” I scoffed. “It’s not like all the people there named themselves.”

“Why not? We named ourselves,” Nudge noted, as if I needed to be reminded that we were raised in a lab under the supervision of science geeks.

“Only ’cause we’re special.” I gestured to her twelve-foot wingspan. “Hey, check that out!” I pointed to a Martian-like rock formation in the distance.

Fang turned his head and gave me one of his classic half smiles—you know, like the kind of smile Mona Lisa would have had if she were a guy. A teenage guy with longish scruffy hair, dark eyes, and a leather jacket. Mmmmm.

The whole trip had been as exhilarating as one of Fang’s killer smiles. Even the hundreds of miles of shifting, mysterious desert dunes had been amazing. We’re world travelers and all—we’ve lived in wilds as extreme as Death Valley and Antarctica—but there was something downright otherworldly about what I’d seen below as we crossed over—oh, crap, I’d forgotten the names of all of the different countries.

“Mauritania, Algeria, Mali, Niger, and Chad together are about sixty-eight percent desert,” Angel recited, reading my mind. Literally. She’s powerful like that.

“Whatever. It’s too much freaking desert,” Angel’s brother, Gazzy, complained. “I wouldn’t mind seeing a few cows chomping away on some grass right about now.”

“A-plus-plus on the geography quiz, Angel. Gazzy, Iggy, extra credit when you check your attitudes at the door.” Even without parents, somehow I’d picked up the language. Seems to work when you’re the leader. “Listen, I know some of you are a little cranky from the long flight, but this is our chance to finally help people. Real people,” I emphasized, as if we’d grown up in a plastic bubble or something. Well, we kind of had. Do dog crates in labs count?

“Real people,” Fang clarified. “As in, not just a bunch of wack-job scientists.”

“Yup. Did it ever occur to you guys,” I continued grandly, “that when we were told we had to save the world, it might have actually meant saving people—like, one at a time? Sending a message around the world about people in need is great and all, but actually feeding people, giving people medical help and stuff? We’ve never done that before. I mean, this could be it, guys. Our destiny.”

“Max is right,” Angel agreed, in a very un-Angel-like manner. We didn’t see eye-to-eye on much these days.

“Word on the street is that you have to save the world, Max,” Iggy reminded me. “The rest of us? Not so much.”

Twit. Always trying to take the easy way out.

Not Fang, though. “Hey, Max, wherever you go to save the world—I will follow…” He did the killer half-smile thing. “Mother Teresa.”

My stomach flip-flopped as if I’d folded my wings and plunged into free fall. Hello, Max the Puppy.

I had exactly five seconds to enjoy sainthood before I caught sight of three black dots in the distance—and they appeared to be moving straight toward us.

Looked like Mama Bear’s cubs were in danger. And you know what that meant:

Bye-bye, Saint Max. Time to be a hellion again.


Excerpted from Fang by Patterson, James Copyright © 2010 by Patterson, James. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    Holy Tollitos

    Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! I cannot wait for this to come out! I can't wait! and OMG Fang cannot die! it would totally ruin it! And then max would be sad and it would be depressing and Angel better be wrong or so help me god I will find James Patterson and me and a bunch of other fan girls will hold him hostage until he changes it. But, I really really hope that fang doesn't die. It's unlikely but still! Sorry, rabid fan girl moment. It has passed. For now until the book comes out! OMG! O.O

    29 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    good but not great

    I really enjoy this series but, like so many other people, I don't feel the rants about global warming and pollution are really called for. I read for enjoyment. While I am well aware of the growing global warming crisis and the need to educate others on pollution, I do not think that it should be preached throughout my FICTION novel. It takes a bit of the fun out of the book. Also, I cringed everytime I had to read about Fang's blog. The slang was awful and outdated. It seemed as if it were to just fill in pages. Other than those things, I did enjoy the book.

    17 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Maximum Ride Will Have You Flipping Through The Pages Wide-Eyed

    Patterson catches your heart with the epic challenges we share with our favorite mutant avian-americans who battle it out for survival and - well, saving the world.
    In the first three books its all about unveiling the past and Max's quest as they go through battles to the death and earth-shattering revelations. Patterson draws us in by setting up a mission and introduces us to the world of Max and The Flock. Though, im going to be terribly honest and admit that his writing could definitely be improved. I dont think he fully grasped the mind of a fourteen year old. I know he was trying to make it family friendly for the younger kids out there, but he made Max seem too childish at times, even though shes been through a world that prepared her to think as an adult.
    Then we jump up and down in anticipation as we reach for the fourth installment in the series, The Final Warning. Fang and Max further explore their relationship and Patterson tries to convey the message that we really need to help the environment. Really, im all for that kind of thing. But to deliberately push pause on all the action didnt seem like a strong way to go. Then he creates a one-hit super villain that we will never see again. I felt as though he was just throwing something out there to keep the readers at bay. It seemed like an amateur move to me.
    When we get to Max and he expertly combines giving readers a message on how to help the environment and also keeps us crazily flipping through the pages with hope of Fang and Max's new relationship and a nail-biting plot that will keep you reading for hours.
    And next, we have Fang. In this book, I think Patterson stopped experimenting and jumped to exactly what a true author can do - make you feel. In Fang, his writing puts you through so many emotions. You feel the heart-break, the trauma, and all of the love.
    In this series, you grow with the characters and you learn to be part of the flock as you learn to love them. I inhaled the Maximum Ride Series, and I give many kudos to Patterson. At times, he may seem cliche and predictable, but the characters will find their way into your heart as you cheer them on throughout the ride. Maximum Ride is roller-coaster that will send you off with a kiss and have you begging for more.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Getting Back to the Wonderful Way It Used to Be!

    So, I've been waiting for MONTHS for this book to come out! And now (after just finishing it) I can say I'm not disappointed at all. Book 4 in the Maximum Ride series was terrible and preachy, book 5 was okay, but still a bit preachy and not a lot was exciting, and now it's finally starting to get back to the way the first three books were and I'm so ecstatic! The beginning was so-so, but it got better after Dr. Hans-Whatshisname popped up out of nowhere. The characters were amazing, I laughed a lot, nearly cried at the end, and was surprised and in suspense for most of the book.
    To all those who want to tear Dylan (the new bird-kid) to pieces, he's not all that bad. Really, he's kind of a sweet guy (although not better than Fang--duh).
    This series was going downhill, but now I think it's back on the right track and I'm waiting impatiently for the next book to come out to see what happens next.
    If you're unsure about getting this book, I say go ahead! I really enjoyed it and I think fans of the series will like it a lot too.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2010

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    book 6

    I think maximum ride is a action packed triller, and i love it. A way too describe it is when you read the first chapter maximum ride is like a spider web, you "fly" right into it and all you can think about is what happens next. Now i have the collection, exept the 6 book which i cannot wait for. Now i think the plot to the 6 book sounds great but i think Max is going to end up with Fang instead of Dylan, bluh. i do not like Dylan. Can't wait for march 15

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    Fang should get five stars!

    "Fang," by James Patterson is the sixth book in the "Maximum Ride" series, published by Little Brown and Company. Ever since I read the first book, I haven't been able to put these books down. As you tear through these pages you'll laugh and you will cry.

    I loved this book because Patterson's character descriptions are deep. Max is a sarcastic, tough, and strategic fifteen year old girl. Fang is a dark, mysterious, and strong teenage boy. Iggy is blind, but has proven himself worthy of being the best cook of them all, and he also has a deep interest in explosives. Gasman has been appropriately named for the smells he sometimes releases. As well, this boy loves anything that is explosive. Nudge is an African-American fashionista, although her looks may be deceiving, she is a great fighter. Angel is a devious mind-reading child. This seven year old may look innocent, but she's the one who will control your mind so she can beat you at poker.

    These six kids grew up in a lab, and have bird DNA grafted into them. Cruelly, they were being tested on for the first several years of their lives. With the help of a scientist named Jeb, the six experimented kids escape the evil clutches of the lab. When Max is told she has to save the world, she thinks she has fulfilled her destiny, when really she has to save the world one piece at a time.

    When Max meets her practically perfect other half, she doesn't want to believe he's the one. Instead she has a member of the flock on her mind, none other than Fang. Angel foretells that Fang isn't who she is meant to be with, and Max tries to run from what is supposedly to be the truth. With her love life twisting in with saving the world, there's only one thing to ask, will she fix everything in time?

    This book was awesome; you won't want to set it down for a second. I'd recommend this book to anyone around the age of twelve, and up. Its creative story line will pull you in. This book was intriguing, and I couldn't have been more pleased with this novel. It's incredible, and I have never heard a story line like this one. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

    Maximum Ride

    I've been waiting to read this for forever, but it was one of the worst books yet in the series!I gotta admit it was kinda sweet and all but it seemed like a bunch of fans wrote it. I was waiting for the same old action packed thriller that the other books have been but it was pretty corny. I mean the letter and all ...sweet but " Goodbye , my love"? really that doesn't sound anything that even a 15 year old boy would say.

    10 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I AM OBSESSED I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2010

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    I was so excited for this book to come out. But I was very disapointed. The 1st and the second were the best, but the 4th through 6th were stretching it. All the characters don't have anything to do so they don't do anything! The ending was terrible!! This is the worst book yet!

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

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    Great book, upsetting ending

    This book is a great story that is thrilling and funny. James Patterson writes another amazing novel about Maximum Ride and her gang of mutant avian kids. The whole series is about Maximum Ride, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy, and Angel; kids with wings. They had escaped from the evil place they were brought up in, called the School. They have to keep on the run and away from the evil mad scientists. This series makes you want to keep reading and is impossible to put down. You keep telling yourself, "One more chapter, one more chapter" then you realize you've read the whole book. I'm not going to give anything away, I'm just going to say the end is very disapointing and I bet James Patterson got a lot of hate mail from it. GREAT READ! WHOLE SERIES!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    Amazing. This novel will not make sense if you didn't read the other 5 books in the series so go read them and then come back and it will make a lot more sense. If you have read the entire series that this is an awesome end (I don't know if it is the end but) and I was blown away by every aspect of this book. 'Fang' is an over-the-top action/ emotional book with twists, turns, and betrayals. I probably should leave it at that so go pick up this book because it will make your head spin with all the action and upside-down turns.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Not Great.

    So I started the Maximum Ride series a while ago, and I loved it. Unfortunatly, the quality of writing has gone way down hill. In Fang, none of my old questions were answered and I have tons of new ones. As i was reading, I realized that there isn't a consistent story line throughout the series. The objective starts in the first few books as Max needing to save the world, and evolves into Max's love interest with Fang.
    Another thing that bothered me was the inconsistency of the details. For example, when Patterson introduces someone, they might have blonde hair, but a few chapters later, he describes it as red or brown.
    On the other hand, i love the story and ideas. The books are great for introducing children to novels and even just for light reading. In fact, I've gotten many of my own friends hooked on reading through Maximum Ride.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2010

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    This book was totally great i have read the series and plus im a big reader too.Butt in this book i was really surprised by the choses max and fang choose. i was sad when the book ended butt i was glad that fang loved max butt not that he left .[BEST BOOK EVER!!!:D]i wish the series didn't end there ,i just keep going on how there love charied on and more dangers that followed them .butt i still worship james patterson and his books.And i also reccomend the percy kackson series,blue blood series,the fallen series,plus the Hush,hush series too.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

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    So i finished the whole entire series in less than three days and i love them. Fang made me cry. When i was reading the letter, it was just so sad. I'm hoping for another book.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

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    Maximum ride the best book ever

    it is just simply amazing u cant stop devouring it. max and fang were ment to be and i cant wait for the next book to see if it tears them apart or brings them closer together i cant wait!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

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    Okay I am a BIG Max fan! I remember reading the 1st book, The Angel Experiment, and thinking this is the most bizarre thing I have ever read! By chapter 3 I was hooked. I love her sassy attitude, her instincts to protect the flock and the way she just handles whatever comes her way. I read through the first three books and was dying to know what happened next. Patterson was so inventive and made this series a page turner. Then it seemed like the next two books were rushed through and not well thought out. Not only that but you got the impression the series was going to end but it kept dragging on and on and on. I have always thought that sparks would fly between Max and Fang and could not wait. We got a little glimpse of that in the previous book when they went on their date. I just hope that JP gets back on board with this series or ends it for our sake!! I will definitely read the next book since this one was such a cliff hanger!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2010

    really good, but some iffy stuff

    ok, first off all, i borrwed this book from my friend yesterday, and stayed up until about 2 to finish it. i must say, this book is pretty good, but there's some stuff that really gets on my nerves.
    first of all, Angel. i literally wanted to THROTTLE her for about 3/4 of the book. i mean COME ON how annoying can a 7 year old get? second of all, this dylan guy was also, really getting on my nerves. i mean, where did YOU come from? he was practically STALKING max throughout the whole book. i must admit, i was alittle sad when the shot didn't kill him. tres dissapointing. but there where some good parts to! like fang still rocked my socks of and max still had me rolling on the floor and laughing up my gallbladder whatever that is. (i should probably get that back in there) and even though fang left, it's pretty obvious that he's coming back. (he better be!) but idk about wats gonna happen while he's gone since mr hot shot dylan is still there. im gonna have to have a little talk with pattereson. but still, READ THIS BOOK. even though Angel is the most annoying little..ugh! never mind.
    hugs and kisses!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Dylan annoys me

    For no reason, Dylan just annoys me. I AM TEAM FANG!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    I loved the first three books in this series but when i got the Final Warning it really dissapointed me. It seemed as if James Patterson was no longer writing, the main plot was just kinda replaced by a "let's go save the enviroment!!" attitude. Believe me I'm all for saving the enviroment and preventing global warming but it just wasn't Max. The books that followed the fourth also dissapointed me. But then Fang came out and I was really hoping hat it would be better and it was in some ways. I felt like he was kinda going back to his plot and I was looking forward to the blossoming romance between Max and Fang but it just wasn't working for me . So I say it was better than the most recent books but it wasn't as spectaular as the first books which made me fall in love with the series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

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    I have high hope for this.

    The first three books, The Angel Experiment, Schools Out Forever, and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports-top notch. Each one of them. However the last two where let downs. They where short and didn't leave me begging for more like the others. They where rather dull. The Final Warning had nothing redeeming about it, it was just Patterson getting on his soap box to talk about global warming.

    Honestly Patterson, awesome job for using your fame as a tool to reach out to people n something thats important to you, but if you want to teach us about it, the write a NONFICTION BOOK. Heck, have Max & the flock star in it. Where the plot of the book picks up "all six pages dedicated to, you know, the PLOT where just awkward and uncomfortable to sit through with Max and Fang going through the "are we right for each other stage.

    The last one Max was better (however with this one titled Fang, a disturbing trend in the tittles is appearing) However it seemed rushed. For instance they spend two, what three chapters in each location. Which might sound like a lot, but Pattersion and is inability to keep a chapter going for more then two to three full pages at a time with in six pages they are on the move to a new location. It just seemed to be a way to burn up pages till the end of the chapter. Also Max & Fang go from fighting to lovely dovey in 2.5 seconds.

    So with that in mind after reading the plot of Fang I have to say this could be good. I am a little concerned about them in Africa with the whole giving aid thing, I mean is this gonna be more of Paterson on his soap box for the 3rd book in a row. But the rest of the plot sound promising, and its been awhile since Max, maybe this one Patterson can make it back into the series that in my mind ended when Intex was defeated.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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