James Patterson: The Final Warning

My problem with the story wasn t so much that James Patterson used it as a soapbox for lobal warming after all it s his book and he can do what he wants The problem as I see it is there was NO WAY he started writing this series with a plan to make Max s saving the world mission one that had anything to do with this topic If you o back and read the series from the beginning starting with THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT we all knew that Max and the ang had a special mission a mission that would save the world We knew it would be big and no doubt unbelievable as most of Mr Patterson s plot lines are But if this had been his plan all along you have to think that there would have been SOME advance warning No what really ticks me off is that it seems as if he decided with the current state of affairs to change the whole point of the books at the very last minute as a way to promote his cause THAT S what makes me angry The only ood thing about THE FINAL WARNING Total s I prefer canine American comment which made me laugh until I cried What the hell was that I ve been enjoying the humor and action and adventure of this series even though they are young adult and I m anything but but this OK yeah it had the humor And about two chapters of action and adventure The rest was penguins and Antarctica and snow and OHNOESGLOBALWARMINGISTEHBAAAAAAADDDDD111ELEVENTY ONEMr Patterson if I want a lecture on lobal warming shoved down my throat I ll Beyond the Snows of the Andes go talk to Al Gore From you I want what you do best action adventure mystery drama and a teensy bit of romance thrown in forood measure You ve done it before you can do it again Let s just pretend this little piece of crap you call a book doesn t exist m kay uite a disapointment compared to the other three books It s about a third of the size and is not nearly as ood as the others Where is the HEART POUNDING ACTION The WITTY SARCASTIC HUMOR The SUSPENSE that makes you wanna CRY everytime you are forced to put the book downI ve heard rumors that there are oing to be 5 books of this series and I can only hope the others are much much much better What the hellThat was my The Patriot Bride general reaction to this book Also Why A dog who already TALKSrowing WINGS What the hell Why This development is completely irrelevant to the plot other then being cool and annoyingly convenient Same with Angel the 6 year old flying who can read and control minds to refresh your memory suddenly being able to change her appearance at will When inexplicable things like this happened in the other books I played along because the books are fun to read and I thought they would probably serve some purpose in the next book No such luck the plot of Maximum Ride is increasingly inconsistant and frankly slap dash The Final Warning is the worst yet What s I am doubting the ability of the author to kill off his main characters or anyone who s not a bad uy for that matter It s a miracle that Angel Total and Akila survived being trapped in an ice crevice in Antartica I thought Akila at least a non sentient dog we had just met would be killed off But not only is she back to normal shortly the flock adopts her even though it s incredibly inconvenient for them Another addition to their happy little invincible flock The flock also survives flying unprotected in a category 5 hurricance For an enviornmentalist book it s alarming unappreciative of the sheer power of nature They should have been ripped apartConsolidate all this with a lobal warming theme that comes straight out of an annoying educational video and you have I ll Inventing the Future go ahead and say it a bad book It stands on such flimsy foundations that it s crossed the line from a fun dessert read to a book that s embarassing to be caught wasting your time on Will I pick up the next book Maybe once I ve calmed down a bit Will I enjoy it Even less likely Maximum Ride was created to save the world Now she just needs to figure out how the voice in her head thinks she soing to do thisWith the rest of her flock of Avian Human hybrids Max moves from taking down evil corporations to stopping Understanding Women global warming cause penguins are cute and hurricanes are badNow if only Patterson could be bothered to finish one plot thread before moving on to six If this hadn t been a Maximum Ride book I would have never finished it and most likely never even bought it Myeneral love for Max and the flock is the only thing that ot me through all the pages of propaganda about lobal warming There were lectures Multiple page long lectures about Verdammt verliebt global warming Now there has always been a definite undertone of eco warrior clean up pollution corporations are bad etc in the books But that took a sideline to the action and characters In this book I really felt that Patterson just wanted to talk aboutlobal warming and decided to use Max to The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, get his point across Supposedly this is the last book but if it isn t I will be hard pressed to pick up a new title Whatever your feelings onlobal warming are I hate being lectured to in fiction and feeling like someone is dumping their propaganda down my throat Barely anything even happened in the book they were too busy talking about Inverloch Volume 4 global warming I m all for empowering kids to make a difference in the world but I also want them to think about multiple sides of an issue I want them to uestion and read scientific studies for themselves not listen to a pop culture icon tell them how it is I mean how many of us lived through the Just say no drug campaigns of the 90s not to mention the This is your brain this is your brain on drugs scare tactics At least now they have commercials thato I The Good and Beautiful God got high Nothing happened Nothing at all I just sat on my couch all day like an idiot You know what I don t want toet high any so that something can actually happen in my life Stuff like that tells it how it is Sure Max uestions slightly if it s really bad if the world ets a few degrees warmer but they stick to the scare tactics and over dramatization that has been popular in lobal warming ever since An Inconvenient Truth Complete wi. In this breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson a irl has to save herself from an army assembled just to capture her and maybe save the planet while she's at itMaximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly the result of an out of control ove.

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L The Horse in Celtic Culture got to read minds breathe underwater CONTROL other people s minds AND talk to fish Now she has to change her appearance too And noooo Nudge can t just be able to tell what people have done when she touches things She has to all of a sudden become magnetic WALLAH suddenly Iggy can feel color AND heck he can see sometimes too Gee And of course it s NOTross enough that Gazzy farts all the time NOW his farts have to have COLOR Gross Oh and of course who could forget Fang Heavens no he HAS to be able to turn invisible too Who would have uessed Ugh I don t see how Patterson can still explain all these fantasy cal powers with SCIENCE It s not science any okay It s now officially magic You killed science two books agoNot to mention the fact that Total now has wings WTF And apparently the Voice isn t Jeb any Huh In my opinion Patterson changed his mind and decided he didn t want it to be Jeb any and know he has no idea who the Voice is oing to be so he s just Every Boys Dream going to brush it off and pretend it can just be some mysterious thing that we don t know about Jeez Like everything else in the MR series it s not thought out at allWant to know another thing that s not thought out at all The color of Max s hair Okay I am SO confused about this it s not even funny In the first book she s described as having dark blonde hair Then somewhere in the second book she s described as having LIGHT blonde hair THEN in this book she s described with BROWN hair OMG Make up your mind Patterson What the heck is her hair color It s really bugging meAnywayslooong sigh Maximum Ride has managed toive me yet ANOTHER huge headache The books have never failed to make me feel like bashing me head against the wall and dumping the stupid pages in the toilet Urgh I wonder how James Patterson can possibly make the 5th book worse then this one But I know it will surprise me and be even suckier than this one Whoop de doo Off to read the next one and Starflight Zero get some head bashing aches Yippee The release of a seuel is an anticipated event especially if the seuel is written by a wildly popular best selling author like James Patterson Approximately 48 million copies have been sold of the previous three books in the Maximum Ride series so hopes were high that Final Warning the new installment would be just as entertaining When a seuel fails to live up to the standards of the previous books in the series readers feel let down There are three issues that affect the uality of Final Warning First there is a lack of adventure in this installment of the action packed Maximum Ride adventure series It seemed to be of an extended brainstorming session instead of actual problem solving Second the length of this book is an issue For a novel that has a retail price of 20 272 pages is pretty skimpy especially when you consider that The Angel Experiment the first book in the series had 432 pages Finally and most importantly is the story itself If the story had been interesting and new the reader would be able to overlook the page length Instead of adding anything new to the story Patterson chose to focus on the issue oflobal warming and have The Flock the six bird kids we ve come to love assist with scientific research in Antarctica Final Warning appears to be of a filler book than a necessary part of the series In fact if a reader were to skip Final Warning there probably wouldn t be a problem catching up when a fifth book is published Instead of a character driven storyline Patterson has A Succession of Bad Days given us an extended public service announcement onlobal warming and while The Multi-Orgasmic Man global warming is a serious issue we need to think about a young adult adventure novel might not be the best place to hammer the issue home I dropped this series after this book I found it too childish and cliche It s areat premise and I had positive expectations but it ended up falling short for me It s a shame I had hoped to enjoy this series as so many others had AAAAAAAhhhhhh This series is fun The first three books are an action packed fun adventure with decent characters There are plot holes but the point is believable teenage angst in the midst of constant danger This 4th book has some ood parts involving the characters dealing with adults expectations of them But it is also a full on boring crappy lobal warming propaganda pamphlet with some random bad The Great Passage guy thrown in out of nowhere and an extra bad hurricane due tolobal warming of course that fortuitously saves them They ve been fighting killer flying mutant wolves robots and clones and now they suddenly see that GLOBAL WARMING is the true threat STUPID It is utterly inconsistent with the plot and theme of the series to jump from shadow The Beast House / After Midnight government organizations and amoral corporations bent on enslaving and killing the mutant bird kids in order to take over the world to playing with penguins and ratifying the Kyoto Treaty yes this 14 yr old heroineot that specific The bad Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) guys arelobal warming extremists and apparently unrelated to the overall bad I Walk in Dread guys from the other books The next book is set up at the end as they fly off to meet at some distant coordinates andet back to fighting robots this whole book appears to be a lame tangent you could skip completelyThe The Life You Save global warming debate is an interesting and important one in my opinion but keep the preaching out of a series completely based on action teen identity and familylack of family roles This book feels like Patterson felt an urge to save the world and sold out like Michael Jordan selling underwear If you wantood novels with consistent environmental themes that make sense try Hoot and Flush by Carl Hiaasen Ok the humor was still there The book was funny Thin But funnySPOILERS BEGINI completely felt the ending was horrible It was a disappointment It was like Patterson was attempting to write the book but wasn t done yet and had forgotten to put in most of the excitement I was also angry at the sorely lacking MaxFang scenes Sure we had a kiss and a mention every other chapter but there was nothing sturdy Even the ending it. Flock like a hawkBut even in Antarctica trapped in the harshest weather on our planet Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger For whoever controls her powers could also control the world Maximum Ride is James Patterson's reatest character a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at onc.

Th ending the book with worst hurricane ever recorded which huh the bad uys seemed to know was coming so maybe it wasn t all natural Never explored this in the book of courseThis book offended me I feel like Patterson thinks that I have no right to decide for myself what s really happening or not in Inside MacPaint global warming and that I m so stupid that I need to be scared into doing what he has decided is the right thing And whatets me even is that nobody says a word about this book being such a propaganda tool but if I wrote a book about a Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, group of kids spreading a counter message that maybelobal warming is part of a natural cycle and that there are issues involved than just human innovation and existence then you can bet a million roups would be descending on me like I was trying to poison their children s minds by telling them Santa Claus isn t realThe hundred pages or so that weren t devoted to saying lobal warmingBAD were enjoyable though More Max and Fang romantic confusion and tension I feel like Patterson has that relationship pretty well fleshed out though I d like to see some closure or at least some forward movement Their relationship really hasn t evolved much from the last book And at the beginning of this book they have the funeral for Ari and I feel so sorry for that kid Rereading the series before I read this book my heart just broke for him He s easily the most tragic character in the series Still I only felt like maybe a fourth of the book was about the characters a fourth on action and a half on well see above There are so many interactions and relationships that still need to be fleshed out in the books Max and Jeb especially have a complex relationship that I d like to see keep evolving I rather doubt this really is the last book Patterson left too much open we still know nothing about the voice and there s a lot about Max and the flock that keeps etting hinted at then abandoned I cringe to think of another book though as disappointing as this one was to me overall Maybe he ll fast forward a bit let Max row up some I d really like to see Max be a little older because I think her character interactions are at a standstill until she matures a bit then her relationships with Jeb and Fang as well as the rest of the flock will be able to expand Edit Yep there is a fifth book listed on Yay Maybe this one will have character development Or maybe they ve decided to cool off the world by beating their wings really fastOkay and seriously if you call one bad Luthor Huss guy the director then you know what James Patterson I monna hit you over the head with a thesaurus I m beginning to feel like he doesn t actually read his own writing once he s finished Not only are there three bad Variante, Vol. 2 (Variante, guys called the director oh sorry one is the Uber Director but in one book one person was indicated to be The Director and the next book it s someone else He repeats a lot of the same kinds of things has inconsistent chronology exactly how long does it take to fly somewhere Huh Seems to vary by book never mentioned Nudge was black in the first book at least not that I could find I m thinking he didn t decide that till book two and leaves me wondering how even a windbreaker can cover up their wings enough that they don t look like hunchbacks And yeah the wings thing I really want to see the moviemanga because I cannot picture how it s supposed to work Their wing tips should at least fall over their butt Fourteen feet of actual bone feather and muscle only becomes so compact And they mention cutting slits in jackets but what about their shirts And it doesn t seem like they would be able to just snap their wings out of those slits as easily as they always do Especially while wearing backpacks and such But okay enough over thinking these books I think the the author lectures to me about science and real world stuff the I uestion how unlikely his books are to be able to happen in the real worldSomething else I thought of a few days after finishing the book okay biggest hurricane in recorded history happens That s really really bad right Yet that hurricane is the only reason Max and the flocket away from the Uber Director Huh Global warming bad But without it Max and the flock were in big trouble Bit of a problem with your message there huh Patterson Once again I don t think he s rereading what he writesMore at Bookwyrm Chrysalis Eew This book sucked SOOO BAD James Patterson seems to have a talent for making every next book in this series worse than the one before I declare the Maximum Ride series as now officially RUINED This book was boring full of lecturing Managers of Their Homes global warming yapper all of which I already KNOW and lacking any adventure There were no action packed chase scenes no thrilling fights that Maximum Ride used to always be full of Instead the MCs are stuck in Antarctica of all places trying to help stop the climate change Wow How exciting NOT As for the conflicts of the story there are basically none left There are no truereat villains any Now that Ari is dead the bad Competitive Solutions guys are ceasing to be complex Now what Max and the flock are fighting against are lacking depth two dimensional robotic evil freaks whoo Mwa ha ha I m The Payoff Principle going to kill you and take over the world GRR Ugh It s not only the plot that has totally flumped in this book The characters I deeply regret to say are dying The flock used to be the reason I loved the MR series their personalities were so complex and awesome and they were so fun to watch Especially Max She used to be such areat narrator her voice had been Darkest Night (Birthright, great and strong and she used to be tough funny sarcastic cynical and kick butting Now there s no Max any but a completely different person stuck in her body She s turned into this weak lovestruck mopey pathetic softie who falls for anything and does what anyone tells her to I mean come ON Where has the totally cool Maxone And who is this new freakJames Patterson has taken the whole special human thing WAY too far The flock members are etting WAY to many new powers Wasn t it ENOUGH when Ange. Rnment experiment Max and the other members of the Flock six kids who share her remarkable ability have been asked to aid a roup of environmental scientists studying the causes of 7 Hari Mencintaiku global warming The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure activism and escapingovernment forces who watch the.

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