WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ANY OF THE MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO SEE IF YOU WANT TO READ THEM, DO IT! GREAT SERIES!
Fang by James Patterson
Publication Date: March 15, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)
Summary: Fang will be the first to die.
For years, Max has been desperately on the run from evil forces trying to prevent her from her destiny to save the world--but nothing has ever rocked her world like this horrifying prophetic message. Fang is Max's best friend, her soul mate, her partner in leading her flock of winged children. A life without Fang is a life unimaginable.
Max's desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But their world is turned upside down yet again when another winged boy, the beautiful Dylan, is introduced into the flock. Raised in a lab, like the flock, he exists for only one reason: He was created to be Max's perfect other half.
Now a battle of science against soul and perfection versus passion unfolds, twists, and turns...and meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming. I have been a fan of the Maximum Ride series since its debut a while back. However, recently I have been mildly disappointed. Fang, while not the worst, could have been far better. Beginning with the positive points, I'd say I was pleased with the conflict. However, the conflict was not as it seems. Back in previous books, the smallest of the flock, Angel, had become a serious threat to Max with her mind-reading and devious personality. Angel, once again, seemed to be the main focus of fight in this novel, not the new addition.
Rather, I felt badly for Dylan, and I really enjoyed his fresh character because of his honesty and naivety. Another enemy was the obvious Jeb, who raised the flock from their test tubes. Although he claims he is helping the flock, Max seems to think otherwise. His constant ability to locate the group of kids has always helped the story line, because what would a book be without conflict?
On the contrary, I disliked the relationship between Fang and Max. I enjoy the small gestures and the secret romance, but in the beginning of the novel, all was focused on the two and their love. I began to get bored. I wanted my kick-ass action back, and for the first fourth of the book, it was MIA. While later on I realized this romance was key to the plot, I still feel it could have been lessened to a degree. On the whole, I still enjoyed the new addition to the series. Of course I had problems with it, but I would still recommend it, along with the rest of the series, to anyone.