I've been let down a lot by of sequels in the years i've read. And i came into this book expecting something better. And what did i get? Something bet...moreI've been let down a lot by of sequels in the years i've read. And i came into this book expecting something better. And what did i get? Something better! This raised the bar for the 3rd novel. It was full of witty jokes and very fast-paced plot twists and fight scenes. There was much more life-and-death situations, which i loved. And Max seemed more sure of herself! Great!(less)
I was sad when i heard this was the end of the Fugitives series. Three books just didn't seem like enough. This book's ending seemed kind of like a co...moreI was sad when i heard this was the end of the Fugitives series. Three books just didn't seem like enough. This book's ending seemed kind of like a continuation of everything that had gone on before. Sure, you find out so many shocking things about Max and the rest of the flock, but i wanted more out of the ending. And then, thank God, i heard there was going to be a whole new volume of new books. I then began reading it more ad more, and then i was finished. I remembered the ending, and felt that James had done what he needed to do so he could supply more for the new series! Great ending to a new opening!(less)
This book fell a little bit short for me. I knew from the first chapter that the book was beginning to transition from the no...moreRating: 3 Stars
This book fell a little bit short for me. I knew from the first chapter that the book was beginning to transition from the non-stop thrill, non-stop shocking decision making to a slower paced book that began to focus on the love of Tally's world.
I'm not a HUGE fan of some of the romances in Teen lit nowadays, some of it is extremely vulgar and just uneeded, but Pretties was not vulgar. It wasn't all that passionate either. The love between Tally and David was so INTENSE and PASSIONATE! Zane and Tally's romance, their relationship, is just kind of lukewarm.
Don't get me wrong, i thought Pretties was well written, the world-building was much improved, but one thing bugged me. Something that Mr. Westerfield had no way of fixing: Tally wasn't the same.
I really like Tally Youngblood, the main character of the Uglies Series, but i came in expecting her to be totally different. I mean, come on, she's a Pretty now, she's not going to think about that kind of stuff like she did before the operation!
I missed the old Tally a lot! I wished i could have the Tally that was a member of the smoke, that love David with all her heart.
But i know it's impossible to have her back.
The action came a few chapters into the book, and besides that i just felt Pretties was a pretty forgettable book. It was VERY average. That's the best word. Pretties was not like Uglies. It did not have a distinct voice or a distinct cast, but part of the reason is that the characters are supposed to all be empty-headed Pretties.
Average! But read SPECIALS, the next book, it is the BEST in the series!(less)
really don't know why, but i bought this book from HPB two or three years ago, read the first part of it, hated it, and SOLD IT! I'm so stupid, becau...more really don't know why, but i bought this book from HPB two or three years ago, read the first part of it, hated it, and SOLD IT! I'm so stupid, because then a year later i checked it out of my school library and could NOT STOP READING IT!
I'd already read Witch & Wizard by James Patterson before i finally worked up the courage (well, not really courage) to pick up the story about the bird kids once more. I remember thinking how weird the characters were, and then i didn't know if Max was a girl or a guy, which confused me.
But by the second half of the story i knew James Patterson was amazing. He is my true inspiration for writing, i would not be writing if i had not picked up Witch & Wizard OR this book! He is truly one of the best thrill-writers of our time. The action in Maximum Ride is explained well, it is vivid because James does not use extremely huge and fancy words to say what Max is doing. His sentences are shot, some are long, and the varying lengths had me on the edge of my seat.
Max is one of my favorite book protagonists. She is sarcastic, at times a bit snarky, and she is just a really caring person. I feel like the biggest book nerd when i talk about liking the characters like they're real people, but i thought Max was a believably nice book main character because she is NOT perfect at all. She doesn't always make the right decisions, she's a solid protagonist with an attitude.
If you're looking for some horribly descriptive, thought-provoking book, don't read this. But let me tell you, if you want an unmatchable thrill ride full of twists and turns that will make you literally SCREAM, and if you want emotion that is vividly played out to bring you to TEARS, read this book. And read every other book in the series! (less)