This series had a lot of potential. It's got a superhero-esque plot, non-stop action, and is filled with laugh-out-loud humor. What's the problem? It's choppy. Chapters rarely get over three pages. Plot-line has loopholes. And unfortunately, starting with the fourth book, Patterson seems to lose focus and each book has a totally disconnected plot, an unnecessary love triangle (introduced in book 6), and Max's already iffy character goes even further downhill. So, books 1-3 are fine. An easy, exciting read...with a few minor concerns. Right now I'll just discuss my concerns with The Angel Experiment:
The Angel Experiment is about six genetically altered kids--ages six to fourteen--who are on the run from the evil scientists. So...they have a distorted view of adults, which only increases as they are always being betrayed by those they trust (in book 7, Max vows to never trust an adult again). They can be snooty and disrespectful. They steal a car, justifying it by saying that the guy who owned it was a jerk anyway. In its defense, The Angel Experiment does encourage loyalty and defending those you love.
POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
As previously stated, Max thinks that all adults are bad. However, Max is loyal to the Flock. She is brave, willing to put herself at risk for others. Unfortunately, Max's character changes drastically as the series goes on--not in a good way.
Non-stop action. A little excessive. Rarely gruesome, though. There is one spot where Max stumbles across other genetically altered kids, and the description is a little disturbing.
Max and Fang kiss. That's about it.
Nothing horrific. A few uses of "crap" and the Lord's name in vain. There is a time or two where somebody is cut off before they say something worse.
The first three books of the Maximum Ride series are...eh, pretty good, if you want an action-packed quick read. Nothing to really be concerned about, except for a few places of lacking ethics. I wouldn't recommend past that. You'll only be disappointed.