After Alex Rider, “Maximum Ride”

Now that my stepson has read all of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider books and must wait until November for the next one to come out, he is zooming through James Patterson’s Maximum Ride books.

This is from the James Patterson Web site:

STRAP YOURSELF IN for the thrill ride you’ll want to take again and again! From Death Valley, California, to the bowels of the New York City subway system, you’re about to take off on a heart-stopping adventure that will blow you away…

YOUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS: Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. Six kids who are pretty normal in most ways – except that they’re 98 percent human, 2 percent bird. They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they’re free. Aside, of course, from the fact that they’re prime prey for Erasers – wicked wolflike creatures with a taste for flying humans.

THE MISSIONS: Rescue Angel from malicious mutants. Infiltrate a secret facility to track down the flock’s missing parents. Scavenge for sustenance. Get revenge on an evil traitor. And save the world. If there’s time.

There’s been two books so far: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment; and Maximum Ride: School’s Out-Forever. Perhaps Patterson, who is already wildly popular with adults, is tapping into the Alex Rider readership, considering his books came out in 2005 and 2006, while Alex Rider first appeared in 2000.

But unlike the next Alex Ride, which won’t be out until next school year, Maximum Ride’s next tome is due in May.

And how do you know that Patterson is a publishing empire, he has a Web site like this.

Now, if I can only get my stepson to read “The Outsiders” that I gave him as a gift a while ago…

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