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The Final Warning: Maximum Ride: The Protectors, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Uninspired sci-fi adventure won't leave kids wanting more.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

Pretty Good

This was the first book I ever read that launched me into my reading obsession. So, I might be a little biased about my review when I say this is one of my favorite series for kids ever. I was 10 when I read it and It was the most exciting thing to me at the time. Its not explicit or gory, and has enough crazy to keep you reeled. its honestly too easy to fall in love with the characters and plot of this series. Warning ; you are not going to like how this series ends, honestly you could tell the author lost inspiration and just wanted to end it. Till this day, I'm mad at James Patterson at how he did his fans with that ending. UNFORGIVEABLE
age 5+

Great book

I love the book myself and I love the whole series as well as the manga

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (49 ):

If this is the best Patterson can do, it's past time for this series to end. All books are written to make money, and there's nothing wrong with that -- authors and publishers have livings to make, just like anyone else -- but usually, absent true artistic inspiration, an effort is made at least to disguise that crass reality. Not here -- and it's painful to watch the author struggling to fill up the pages when he is out of ideas. Nine chapters of Angel wandering off to pet a penguin and getting stuck in a crevasse. Interspersed chapters of Fang responding to inane postings on his website (there's a reason nobody's rushing to publish books of blog comments). Most of the book is about traveling to Antarctica for no discernible reason. Periodically one of the flock randomly develops a new power which is then not used at all in the plot. Gazzy can now fart a noxious green cloud -- how's that for pandering? Reading this one might reasonably assume that the author doesn't have much respect for his audience's intelligence.

Patterson clearly has nothing left to say, at least about these characters, and is just cynically cranking out books because he knows fans of the series, which at least used to be fun, will buy them anyway. Making it worse is that he has a lot to say about global warming, all of it trite, didactic, and obvious (Evil Corporations! Pollution is bad! We'd better do something soon!). The scene in which Max testifies before a Congressional Committee about global warming, because she has, you know, been to Antarctica, so she's an expert, is so ludicrous that at least you might get a chuckle out of it, especially when she dramatically tosses aside her notes to speak from the heart and awes the crowd (now where have you seen that before?).

From the Book:
Okay, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that funerals suck. Even if you didn't know the person, it's still totally sad. When you did know the person, well, let's just say it's much worse than broken ribs. And when you just found out that the person was your biological half brother, right before he died, it adds a whole new level of pain.

Ari. My half brother. We shared the same "father," Jeb Batchelder, and you can believe those quotes around "father."

Book Details

  • Author: James Patterson
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: September 1, 2008
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: June 23, 2015

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