The Final Warning by James Patterson
Published by Vision on February 1, 2009
Series: Maximum Ride #4
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 244 pages Source: ThriftBooks
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Max Ride is a perfectly normal teenager... who just happens to be able to fly. She and the other members of the flock—five kids who share her remarkable ability—are asked to help environmental scientists study global warming. This seems like a great way to have daring fun and escape government forces who are hunting them. But even in harsh, remote Antarctica, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. And any final warning she gets may come too late...
This is one of the laziest and preachiest books I’ve read. It wouldn’t be so bad if Patterson seem to make an effort, but it really feels more like a Mad Lib where he’s taking one of his favorite political messages and has thrown some of his characters and it just to get people to read about it.
New characters are flat. Old characters are weakly written and poorly developed. The plot? Well he jumps around the idea of a plot, but considering the fact that this is a person with dozens of books on the New York Times bestseller list, one would expect a little bit more focus and direction. And that’s being kind.
Elements you might’ve liked from the first three books are all but completely missing. His attempt to develop a love story is weak and pathetic. I almost never give books one star, especially if I can finish them, but this one is just awful. In my opinion. Maybe I’m too old for the series, or maybe I’ve always been a little judgmental of them from the start, but this book was not for me.