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  • Teen Page Turner Mar 4, 2008
    by SeldomSeen

    There is much to like and a few things that grate about Mr. Patterson?s foray into Young Adult literature.

    On one hand, the author?s extra-short chapters and punchy style seems remarkably well-suited to the genre. Younger readers will undoubtedly appreciate the page turning action and quick cut scenes. Likewise, the characters are bold and convincing even if, sometimes, a little over dramatic. Toss in a good, tight plot in whence good hearted, mistreated and misunderstood teenage ?freaks? are forced to combat scheming mad scientists and mutant, sadistic enforcers and you have a heck of a tale that plays heavily into the alienated psychology of early teens..

    My gripes, as self-confessed desert rat, are the scenes set in Arizona and Death Valley. For a location that figures so prominently in the plot, it was painfully obvious that the author had no understanding of those locales. In one scene the teens stop at a strip mall just a few miles from Bad Water Basin in Death Valley National Park. To anyone who?s ever even drove a car through the desolate wilderness that is Death Valley, the very idea is laughable.

    Still, despite the flaws in geography, the pacing and story make it a worthwhile read.

  • A good start Nov 2, 2007
    by Trilless

    James Patterson branches out from his murder mystery drama genre.... more of a juvenile fiction story, but on the higher end quality. Max and her "flock" are winged 14 year olds living in fear of being tracked down by the people that gave them heir genetic mutation.

    A quick read for an afternoon.

    The ending left me waiting for the real ending... it was as if the ride just stopped, but didn't reach the conclusion. It raised more questions than it answered and thus I am looking for the sequel currently.

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