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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Maximum Ride Forever ~Review

"You're the most stubborn person
I've ever met, and sometimes
it seems like your sole purpose
in life is to make mine harder, 
but I swear, I love you
more than I thought I 
could love anyone."

Maximum Ride Forever....... I have so many feelings about this book.....

Back of Book:
Happily ever after is a lie. 

I've fought my whole life to keep my family safe.

I've even had to kill those who hunted us down.

But when the world is destroyed and you're alone for the first time ever...

How do you find the strength to stay alive? 

Okay.... Where am I going to begin with this? I don't think I have fully digested all the events that happened here in this book. I'm still shocked and hurt and mad and sad and happy and in love.

DISCLAIMER: There more than likely will be spoilers in this review. If you haven't read the book yet, I suggest you click the back arrow when I tell you to. For now though, I will try and keep the spoilers out for a bit. 

My thoughts on the Maximum Ride series, is that it could have ended after the first three books and I would have been okay with that. The entire series, I love, I really do, despite having hated moments of the books, I overall love them. Maximum Ride has been a series I have read over and over since 2005 when it came out. 

This is a series I've grown up with, I've grown up with the flock and felt like they were a part of me. The first three books: Angel Experiment, School's Out Forever, and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, really could have been the entire series and most would be happy with it. 

But Patterson continued on with the series, and don't get me wrong, James Patterson is one of my all time favorite authors, and this series is by far one of my top three, but Patterson really dragged out this story for all that it is worth. He put the flock through so much, and at times, I truly wanted to chuck my books out the window. 

But I refrained, and I continued to read EVER SINGEL BOOK, he put out in this series. 

Nevermore, book #8 in the series, that was supposedly going to be the last one, I was actually okay with. I know a lot of people hated Nevermore, but honestly, the flock was safe on an island, and I was okay with it. 

Now.... onto Maximum Ride Forever. 

This book has me torn between hating it and loving it. I finished it the day I am writing this review, and I know I know, I am late to the party. But honestly, I was terrified to read this book. I didn't want it to ruin the entire series for me. I had heard rumors and in my attempt to refuse to read the book, I could pretend the rumors weren't real...... But I caved. 

Maximum Ride Forever, takes place in a post apocalyptic time and the flock are in danger....again. Food is scarce, the entire world is over, and guess what, they are being hunted...again...

The day I bough the book, I started reading it. I didn't get far into it, only chapter 5, (those of you who know how Patterson writes, that's like page 15) when tragedy struck!!!! I dropped my book and it opened to a random page in the back. 

TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK!!!!!! I don't want this to be ruined for you like it was for me. Please, do not continue if you haven't read the book. 

I read the page...I read the stupid page that had opened up. On that same page, I found out two things. 
1. Max is pregnant
2. Fang is dead. 
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Why did I have to read the stupid page! I was only on chapter 5 and I completely spoiled the book! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!? 

But I continued on, I had to... right? Wrong. I could stop any time. It wasn't like I could read the book anyway, my eyes were too blurred with tears as I sob my way through the book. 

I hated how Dylan, Akila, Nudge, Total, Gazzy, Iggy and most of all Fang, died in the book. I hated how trusting Max got with those albino kids in Africa. What is the matter with you Max? You don't trust people ever! She almost got her wings eaten because of her stupidity. I hate Angel and how evil she is. Yes, I 100% believe Angel is evil and never changed after she was kidnapped. This kid has issues that if I address in this review, the review will never end.  Fang was dead because of this stupid child who has a horseman kneeling at her feet after he ripped Fang's wing off. 

I hated reading this book. I hated how it made me feel, how it made me cry and steam come out of my ears. I hated it. 

Dylan, my sweet Dylan, who I will never love as much as Fang but definitely has a Dylan shaped hole in my heart. He is posing as a Horseman and pretending to kill the flock, but really is saving them. How wonderful for everyone. Nudge, Total, Gazzy, Iggy and Fang are all safe.... WRONG!! FANG IS DEAD DEAD DEAD. GONE FOREVER NEVER COMING BACK. James Patterson, how can you live with yourself? You killed MY Fang. I HATE THIS BOOK.

I continued to hate this book all the way until Chapter 91. Haha, Max, you really think you can kill Dylan with a scalpel? Go for it, he couldn't save Fang. I'm okay with you stabbing him a couple times, course he won't retaliate at all since he loves you---- is that Fang on the bed ? Dylan took Fang's body back to Dr. G.H's lab and tells Max he can make Fang live again.... Max faints, I would too. Don't worry Max. 

Dylan's made an artificial wing for Fang, since you know.... Horsemen ripped Fang's wing off. Still crying a little about that.... But Dylan is offering Max the one thing she really wants. This is where she tells Dylan she's pregnant with Fang's baby and BAM, Dylan makes his decision..... He brings Fang back to life by sacrificing himself....

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Did you catch that? He sacrifices himself for Fang so Max can be happy... I'm sorry about ever bad thought I had about you Dylan.... Rest In Peace. 

Fang comes back to life and now he and Max are together again and have a sweet baby girl names Phoenix. (How cute! Get it, she has wings and was born out of the ashes.... Nice one Patterson.)

I love this book. I hate this book. I want to burn this book. Yes, you heard me, I want to burn this book. But I want to save it forever. I want to hold it and hug it and use it as a tissue (too late).

Regardless of whichever emotion is dominant, I still haven't decided, this book was worth it. It was worth reading it. I was worth ever tissue I used and every crinkle in the pages from holding it out of anger. It was worth it. I feel satisfied with how it ended, I feel sorta whole... (still missing the Dylan shaped hole in my heart), But its okay. 



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