Maximum Ride

No, no quotes this time. Because I’m not an American teenager I find their way of talking somewhat inappropriate (although hilarious). And no, no Wikipedia link either, since the pages for the books are almost useless — written by kids probably.

The book opens a window into the existence of teenagers in the US. How they talk, how they think, how they act, how they feel. Even without noticing this stuff (which is probably no-news if you’re American), the book is great for its snide humor and fair share of tense moments. Here’s a list of ideas I found in the three books of the series:

  • What do you wish you could do, if you could do anything?
  • Sometimes whether someone is your friend or your enemy is all in how you look at it.
  • Knowledge is a terrible burden.
  • One is one’s ultimate enemy.
  • What is a dream and what is not?
  • A world saver’s work is never done.
  • Life is so short and so hard.
  • Then we were flying again, rising above the confusing and troubled Earth, into the simple, perfect, clear blue sky, where everything was peaceful and made sense.
  • Still unable to stop the black hood from coming over my head, unable to not breathe the sickly sweet smell, un­able to stop myself from letting go, releasing into a deep, cold blackness where there was no pain, no fear, only nothingness.

And I’ve saved the worst for the last (bad joke.)

  • James Patterson clearly didn’t do his homework with regard to netiquette. An all-caps URGENT!!!!!11 e-mail message was like a cold shower to me.
  • Knowing that the fourth book is on its way, the tough “end-of-the-world” situations in the first three books are difficult to believe. I know for sure that the Flock will escape and be alright, and this dampens the suspense a bit.

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