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Reviewed by Anne Billings for Readers' Favorite
Fans of Maximum Ride will be sad to know "Nevermore" is the last installment of the series. Book 8 finds Max torn between Dylan and Fang; she has feelings for each of them. There is still plenty of action in this book but there is also much sadness. The ending of this series will surprise and shock readers. This review is on the audio format. I think that made the ending even more shocking. The plot is extremely intense and not for the faint of heart. I must insist that readers not read or listen to Book 8 until they have worked their way through the series. In "Nevermore", Angel and Fang are reunited with the flock. We discover something special about Angel. We also learn the real purpose of the 99 percenters. The plan is to wipe out 99 per cent of the human population with a virus. Dylan has finally succeeded in winning Max’s heart but when Fang returns she must re-evaluate her true feelings. Angel is tortured, locked in a dog crate and endures experiments but manages to escape and return to Max’s side. Fang is reunited in battle against Ari, his arch enemy. Max’s mother also returns in this book, but is she trustworthy? What about Jeb? Does he have the best interest of the flock at heart or is he an enemy?
I’m not sure how I feel about the ending of this book. I think I wanted resolution but the ending of this book lacked that. Perhaps the author, James Patterson, became tired of the series and wanted to wrap it up neatly in a package or perhaps he didn’t know what else to do with the Flock; after all there was little they had not already faced. The ending was shocking and to a large degree exciting and yet it felt as if the author stopped writing in the middle of a sentence. Maybe I’m just sad to see the series end. Patterson allowed Max to grow and mature in this book; she was no longer a child or teen. She is a mature adult by the end of the book. Though this series was written for teens, I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series. "Nevermore" is action packed. The pace is superb. Although it is not a short book I found it a fast read. I highly recommend this whole series.