Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Waffle Wednesday: Maximum Ride Vol. 1

By NaRae Lee
A review in 10 words or less: Genetically mutated teens fight werewolf guy things and travel west.

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her "flock" - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel - are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare. When the mysterious lab known as the "School" turns up and kidnaps their youngest member, it's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?
 
~Amazon Description~
 
I don't quite understand why popular books are being made into manga and graphic novels.  Do you really gain more of the story in a different medium.  I suppose it all comes down to money...
 
As "second-tellings" go, the Maximum Ride manga is decent.  The artwork definitely has a Japanese manga appearance, but at the same time, it's very Americanized as well.  Six genetically mutated kids live on a hidden mountain top, away from prying eyes and possible danger.  One day they are found by this werewolf guy men things, and the youngest in their "flock" is captured.  Determined to get her back, they head west toward California to return to the school where they were raised, and the one location they know their friend will be.
 
If you like genetic mutations, people that can fly, and evil beastie guys, this will definitely be up your ally.  On the plus side, it jogged my memory enough that I might not need to re-read book one to continue the series!

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