Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Talk: Nevermore-Spoiler Alert

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure
Title: Nevermore
Series: Maximum Ride
Volume: 8 (the final one)
Author: James Patterson
Rating: 5/10

Summary (SPOILERS):
We begin with the end. Our precognitive, mind-reading and generally terrifying seven year old bird girl has been captured by the baddies (again). This time all of the original Flock, plus Dylan and Fang's grouping, think she is dead. But Angel isn't dead. She is alive and being tortured in a lab. Tortured by others, and tortured by her terrifying visions of the oncoming apocalypse. The Flock is dead. The humans are dead. The world is burning. Angel is alone.

The first part of the book focuses on Max and Fang both beginning to try to move on. Max is getting closer to Dylan and Fang to Maya. This ends quickly when Maya is killed by Ari (the, what, 6th?), and Fang disbands his group following the betrayal that caused Maya's death, only to be told by the Voice that he must return to Max's side. And that's when things get really interesting.

There's a message that appears on Fang's blog that Angel is still alive, and so begins another Angel rescue mission. There's another group trying to destroy humanity, and a bunch of people trying to kill Fang because of his ultra-special DNA. Oh, and did I mention the end of the world?

All in all, the plot still had the frantic, disjointed feel of the last two books, which was not something I am personally fond of. Actually, it felt like there were a bunch of short, unrelated stories tossed in a blender. Max shows some signs of her old self, especially after Fang returns to the group, but I wish she stood a little tougher. I would still advise anyone who is in the earlier series to stop at book five, which seems to be the logical conclusion, and pretend the following three didn't happen.

There are some strange and random additions to the plot at various points, which I wasn't all that fond of, and I don't like the direction some of the characters went. I mean, if there is a group planning to rid the world of humans and make way for the mutants, shouldn't someone, you know, try to stop them. Overall, a lot of the characters lost some of their heroism (though Max does try to go back to the mainland and stop it, she is hindered by the whole asteroid episode).

The love triangle is (finally, thank goodness) resolved. (Spoiler) Max ends up with Fang. Which I think in the end works better for me than Dylan. I didn't really like Dylan from the beginning, but I think it is more my attachment to the original Flock. And the fact that there is something wrong with the fact that his age is measured in months, not years. I really hope Max and Fang can revert back to the way they were in the earlier books. I miss the tough survivors so much. And poor Maya. Her death was depressing, though it seemed too rushed and was... well it just felt off somehow.

And the asteroid thing. I'm really worried about Ratchet and Holden. We never find out if they made it out alive, or if the flu did destroy pretty much all of humanity. I would have liked some sort of epilogue, but seeing as how Max speaks in past tense to a human reader at the end, it is safe to assume some survived.

All in all, the constant apocalypses of the last few books failed to serve as fulfilling, though was left with an overall feeling that everything would be okay- for the Flock, at least. For some reason everything ending in all of that destruction didn't really ring true, and I'm kind of imaging the Flock living like they did in the earlier books. I'm not quite sure about what message James Patterson was sending, except with the "Max's Last Words" shpiel. I don't know, but I just picture the human world recovering, in spite of everything, maybe with mutants helping it along. Or something. It can't just be, the humans all died and we lived happily ever after, that just doesn't work. I still felt like we had lost the characters a little bit, but I think I am (sad as it is) used to that after three books of it.

Anyway. Eight books, some major downhill spiralage and a frantic attempt to create a crash-landing that lands all of the passengers relatively safe. Basically, an extended plane crash metaphor, though I think everyone survived aforementioned metaphor. I'm still not sure how successful it was, so I'm giving it five out of ten, though I might come back and change it later. It could have been a lot worse, all things considered. Overall, it has been quite the ride.

This Book Was Read: Again. In a hotel room, this time in Costa Rica. At three in the morning (viva la study break), and finished the next day.


  1. YES!!! You understand!! Why hasn't this become a bigger issue? There was no believability to the ending and no meaning and not a lot of sense or closure. I can't find any interviews with Patterson explaining this stuff and I am annoyed after reading the whole series in two days. I wonder if he responds to e-mails...

    1. Personally, I've given up on his books. I read some of Daniel X and Witch and Wizard, and they both failed to impress me (dramatically). There is no continuity, the love stories aren't really believable, and overall I didn't get any sort of moral. I mean, in Nevermore we don't even find out what happened to the rest of the world. I think part of the problem might be that he underestimates his reader. As mentioned I read a lot of the stuff he wrote in the YA category, and that seemed to be common denominator. Speaking as one of the target audiences (female under twenty) we can appreciate a well-told story, with a plot. We don't need (often quite the opposite) a great deal of romantic drama on top of our action- focus on the plot. Overall I think that his writing style truly isn't for me.

  2. Hello! I haven't read Nevermore yet because I just read Angel and I was curious about what happened to Max's mum and Jeb.

    1. -Spoilers for the end of Nevermore: A Maximum Ride Novel-

      Hmm... well. As far as I'm aware they both survived. Jeb had a pretty near-death experience earlier in the book, and I have no idea what was going on with him. Talk about erratic characterization. And Dr. Martinez was somewhere safe during the end of the world event from what I could gather.