Monday, May 31, 2010

Book Review: Maximum Ride

So I'm reading Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. It FEELS/seems like a middle grade novel (seems younger than YA). The main (?) character is named Max, and she's 14, I believe. I was totally thrown off on about page 65 when I discovered Max was a girl rather than a boy! Gah! I mean, he was an awfully emotional boy if he was a boy, but I figured eh, whatever. I think JP could've been a little more clear about the gender!
Also, it's written in first person...for a while, then it switches to other characters, and it's really odd and rather disconcerting to read the third person chapters, then get thrown back into the "I" chapters. Not as flowing feeling. The premise of the book is cool though, these kids being experiments where they are 98% human and 2% bird, and they are off to save the youngest member, Angel, who gets kidnapped by other mutant lab things resembling wolves (basically...werewolves of a sort). Some nice surprises. Good action. Altho Max is supposedly off to rescue Angel and she veers off to save some other girl in the middle of it all. I dunno, it doesn't seem too real of a decision! A bit too repetitious about "Oh! we have to save poor Angel!" over and over and over, too. It felt melodramatic and hence less real of an emotion. Where the girl and her mother discover Max has wings is a nice scene. :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Book Review: The Hunger Games

So I read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and enjoyed it! Kind of a cross between Survivor and Gladiator. Ha. I was annoyed to discover she didn't tie everything up at the end--and no wonder...there's a sequel. I have that in at the library and I'll read that in the next few days. Called Catching Fire. Plenty of action, and you just have to keep reading to find out what happened. Some kinda gross stuff there of course, involving killing people and so on. A few unrealistic things as far as being injured and the things they can do when injured, or how long it takes them to heal. Altho she does explain a little of the latter by the fact that it's in the future, and they have almost magical ointments it seems, developed by technology, that heals fast. Well...okay. Anyway, well-written and it definitely holds a reader's attention. An engaging main character.