Title: School’s Out – Forever (Maximum Ride #2)
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Science Fiction
WARNING: School’s Out—Forever is the second book in a series, and this review will probably have spoilers of the first book. I recommend not reading this review unless you’ve read the first book in the series, The Angel Experiment.
Max Ride and her Flock – five other bird-kids with the ability to fly – are doing just fine on their own. But the FBI doesn’t seem to agree. Now they’re being forced to face their worst nightmare…school. A place where setting off explosives and stealing hidden documents are no-nos, even if the headmaster is evil. A place where they learn everything except how to survive as winged fugitives hunted by killer wolf-human hybrids. Somebody ought to make that a required class…
My whole purpose in rereading this series was to determine, since I hated the last three books, if I wanted to keep the first five, which I own. After reading The Angel Experiment, I was pretty sure the answer was “keep them all!” but I wanted to read the rest of them anyway.
Once again, the hands-down best part about this book was Max. I loved her snarky, sarcastic narration and her kick-butt attitude and her off-handed comments and practically everything about her. She wasn’t technically perfect, but she made a perfect character, if that makes sense.
The other characters are a little more difficult to discuss. For the most part, they weren’t much different than in the previous book. Iggy and Gazzy set off a few less explosions, and Angel – well, I better not comment, since I know what happens with that and I might give something away. But overall, the characters were pretty much the same.
Once again, the plot the book started with – the Flock ending up at school – wrapped up about halfway through, and they were back to the find-our-parents plot. At this point, besides the whole save-the-world thing, there’s no major overarching plot, but I really don’t mind. I love these characters so much, James Patterson can throw them in just about any situation and I’ll stay interested.
I only had one tiny problem with School’s Out—Forever. At the end, the narration switched from first-person Max to alternating first-person Max and somebody else. And sometimes it would take me half the chapter to figure out who was talking. It wasn’t a huge deal, and it didn’t show up until the very end, but it still bugged me.
School’s Out—Forever is definitely a keeper. Now I can’t wait to reread the next book, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. If I remember right, that one was my favorite of the whole series.
The Maximum Ride series:
- The Angel Experiment
- School’s Out-Forever
- Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
- The Final Warning
- Maximum Ride Forever