Miriam Newman Young Adult Literature YA Lit for Adult Readers

The follow-up to Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is just as fun as the first. The flock are still running from erasers, still grappling with their abilities, still trying to figure out what the hell is going on – and, on top of that, dealing with some normal teenager things, like school and dates and jealousy. It’s a pretty potent combination; when you’re not on an adrenaline high, you’re giggling at adolescent adorableness.

Also, this time we get a bit of the bad guys’ points of view. Not the puppetmasters who actually know what’s going on and not the shock troops, but a view from the ground, with its own emotional investment and its own struggle. Its a depressing viewpoint, but its powerful in its own way, and gives some added perspective into Max’s own thought processes. Between this and the normal teenager aspects, it ends up being a much more internal and introspective than The Angel Experiment, focusing more on the people than on saving the world. It’s a different perspective, but it’s still solid, enjoyable action/adventure.