Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 4
written by James Patterson
illustrated by NaRae Lee
Many discoveries are made in this volume of Maximum Ride. A couple of them are good, and the rest … no so good, and one of them comes when Max is right in the middle of a date! Wait – Max had a date? Yes, she met a nice boy in the previous volume named Sam who wanted to take her out. Still, regardless of how nice Sam is to her, she refuses to soften, as she feels the entire Flock is, due to living with Anne like normal humans.
Soon, Max’s haunting image of herself as an Eraser becomes too much to keep hidden any longer and she tells Fang everything. He comforts her in her time of need – what a guy! As the two investigate a lead they happened to come upon, they find a woman who is the spitting image of Iggy, possibly his birth mother. Around the same time, Iggy and Gazzy come upon some startling information. Until two years ago, their school was an insane asylum, The Standish Home for Incurables. The name says it all, doesn’t it? I bet the principal of this school used to be a part of the asylum – it would explain his hatred for some certain students.
After giving it a great deal of thought, Max brings the Flock to an abandoned bat cave (not to be confused with Batman’s favorite hiding place) to voice her concerns to them – that they must leave Anne’s place, lest they become soft. However, due to the overwhelming desire of several of its members to have a real Thanksgiving dinner, she folds and settles for leaving after that. Following a very peaceful holiday, the entire Flock escorts Iggy to his parents’ house for an old fashioned family reunion.
Good times don’t last, and the situation starts going downhill fast on many fronts. Treachery is afoot, and it approaches from all sides, so the Flock is in for the tensest times of their young lives. But if Max is destined to save the world in the future, she must stay vigilant. The question is, CAN she stay vigilant with all the chaos happening all around her? And what will happen when a clone of Max shows up?
Action, drama, suspense, intrigue and comedy collide to make another excellent addition to James Patterson’s Maximum Ride résumé.