Title: James Patterson’s Maximum Ride Vol 2
Author: NaRae Lee
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
Having recovered Angel, Max and the flock head to New York City to pursue a lead regarding their true identities. But where the flock goes, erasers are sure to follow! Even more troubling, though, is the voice that’s begun whispering in Max’s head. Is it really her destiny to save the world?
I like most of the Yen Press manga adaptations of popular novels, and Maximum Ride is no exception. The pacing is killer fast, with Max and her flock of escaping one harrowing ordeal after another. These guys don’t have it easy, and nobody takes it easy on them because they are kids. They are imprisoned, tormented, and chased from one corner of the country to the next. They get into and out of so many hair-raising predicaments that it’s kind of exhausting! It’s lots of fun, but it stretches the limits of my credibility. Good thing for these magic manga glasses that I have, that allow the impossible to seem possible, and allow me to immerse myself into the plot.
Max discovers the hard way that there isn’t really anyone she can trust, and she is even having doubts about some of her closest friends. Angel has got her wary, as the young girl continues to manifest incredible powers. She can compel others to do her bidding, and it’s kind of scary to see just how easy it is for her to manipulate others. Max is already under so much pressure to keep everyone alive and out of the evil clutches of the Erasers, and now she has to wonder just how much she can trust Angel. This story thread has got my complete attention!
Most of this volume has the gang looking for scraps of information about themselves, before they were given up by their parents to be research subjects. They all want to know who they really are, and who their parents are. Most importantly, they want to know why their parents abandoned them. A mysterious voice in Max’s head gives them guidance, and also gives her never-ending headaches. Is the voice a friend? Or is it a foe, steering them into yet another trap?
Fast pacing, appealing characters, and attractive art ensure that I will read along a while longer.
Review copy provided by publisher