Friday, April 20, 2012

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

So, who out there is participating in the Maximum Ride Reading Challenge?

I'm actually hosting it, along with the delightful Ella from Musings in Ink. Basically, the point of the Challenge is to read (or re-read) all seven of the already-released Max Ride books, in preparation for the release of the LAST ONE, Nevermore! All the details are on the Official MRRC Blog. It's never too late to sign up! (Also, if you've already signed up, we're going to need you to re-sign up a different way. Details about that are on the signup page on the blog. Thanks!)

(Don't forget that because this is the third book in the series, my review may have slight spoilers for the first two books, but not the third! You've been warned! ;D)

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson 
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 bird kids are BACK, and their lives are full of just as much action and drama as before. Seriously, these guys cannot catch a break. 

The good news? They've escaped from Itex, they're safe and together, and there don't seem to be any Erasers...anywhere.

The bad news? They still have to figure out where they came from, they still have to "save the world," and whatever is going to replace the Erasers is sure to be about six billion times nastier. 

The odds are not in their favor. (Oh, sorry, wrong series ;D)

And, since this is the flock we're talking about, things. get. worse.

It turns out that the sociopathic crazies at Itex/The School are planning something big. Something unbelievable. Something incredibly evil and sick. They want to make the world a purer killing everyone who isn't "perfect."

Yeah, you can see how that would be a problem.

The question is, how will the flock stop them? How CAN they, when they're technically nothing but a bunch of kids with wings, and they're starting to fight among themselves?

Okay, now that I've freaked you out satisfactorily, I'll finish up with some teasers!

One that showcases Fang's awesomeness:

     "Is dere anysing special about you?" asked ter Borcht. "Anysing vorth saving?"     Fang pretended to think, gazing up at the ceiling. "Besides my fashion sense? I play a mean harmonica."
Another that shows the flock's morbid creativity:
     “Look, we're trying to explore other options to your retirement," the whitecoat said. "You might be useful to us in other ways."
     "Because we're not that useful dead," Nudge said thoughtfully.
     "No," I agreed. "Well, maybe as doorstops."
     The whitecoat made an "eew" expression.
     "Or those things in a parking lot that show where the cars should stop," suggested Iggy. He closed his eyes and went stiff, to demonstrate what it would look like.
    "Also an option.”
And one more that basically sums up Max in a nutshell:
     His eyelids flickered, and it seemed to me that he was controlling himself with difficulty.
     Well, I get under people's skins. It's a gift I have, what can I say?
Altogether, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports gets <*><*><*><*><*>

(Also: Remember to sign up for the Max Ride Reading Challenge!!!)


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