Teens’ Top Ten 2011: Angel by James Patterson

Angel by James Patterson is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2011.
After reading Patterson’s Angel for our high school book club I found myself looking forward to finding out what the book club members thought of the book.  Angel is the latest book in the hugely popular Maximum Ride series.  None of the book club members had read any of the books in the series before, but everyone agreed that Angel was written so that you can just jump into the action and get caught up as you go.
Angel is one of the genetically altered teens in the flock (birds that is, complete with 15 feet wide wings), and has the super human power of listening in on people’s thoughts.  Max (the namesake of the series) is the leader of the flock, who has just been dumped by her lifelong love (Fang) and is in a “tailspin” over him.  Max and her flock are faced with a crazed apocalyptic cult group called the Dooms Dayers, who are bent on killing off all human life on the earth to bring in a new pure creation to cure all human ills.  Max faces her own shortcomings as a flock leader in attempting to infiltrate the cult, but Angel is her strongest ally and offers to help save the flock, and the world…..but that is if she succeeds.  Max isn’t so sure.  Everyone’s life depends on Angel.
The book club members all thought that Angel’s drama, romance, fights in mid air and superhuman powers of the flock members made for a great summer read and that it would make an awesome movie.  They rated it a solid 3 out of 4!
To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten, click here .  To request this book from Wake County Public Libraries, click here .  Voting begins August 22, 2011 and ends September 16, 2011.  To vote during these dates, click here.
Reviewed by Connie Harr from Leesville Community Library.

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