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Mega Manga Challenge (7): Maximum Ride #2 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee (artist)

>>Friday, September 2, 2011

Title: Maximum Ride
Author: James Patterson, NaRae Lee (artist)
Series: Maximum Ride, #2
Format: Manga
Pages: 240
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Publisher: Yen Press
Rating: C+

Summary:
From Goodreads: 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?

Why did I read this book? Well, I read Maximum Ride #1 and while it didn't really hook me, I had already bought this next volume so I decided to give it a try.

Source: Bought

My Review
I think I liked this one better than the last volume. I had some issues with the last one and probably wouldn't have continued but for the fact that I had aready bought the 2nd, 3rd and had the 4th volume from BEA. Anyways, I think the story improved. There's definitely more developement with the plot which I liked because now I have some idea what's going on and where the story might go. I like the idea of a band of kids who have been altered genetically and are now on the run (or the fly...) from the people who created them.

I still had some issues: sometimes the dialogue felt disjointed and the some scenes didn't flow like I would like them to. I did really enjoy the art and the action scenes as they were drawn very well. Another pet peeve is the names all the kids have which really seem to jolt me out of the story because I'm wondering why they chose these names. Maybe they made more sense in the novel where an explaination could be given, but not in the manga.

Rating: C+
Overall I think this is an improvement on the last volume and it happened to grab some more of my interest. I still had issues with the writing, flow and characters, but I do think the concept is fun and has the potential to pack a big punch. I will continue with the series until I run out of issues and then see where I'll go from there.

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