“The apocalypse is over. Welcome to the new world.”

Hawk, James Patterson

Hawk is written by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet.

Category: YA (Young Adult), Sci-Fi, Adventure

The story takes place ten years after the the Maximum Ride series. (I did a review on that a while ago. You can check it out here.)

I can’t seem to find books that I DON’T like, but this one was exceptionally awesome. Of course, I knew I would like it considering that Maximum Ride is one of my favorite series.

The story follows the perspective of a girl named Hawk in the post-apocalyptic world of Maximum Ride. I can’t exactly explain this book without giving anything away, so here is the synopsis from the cover:

Ten years ago a girl with wings fought to save the world. But then she disappeared. Now she’s just a fading legend, remembered only in stories.

Hawk doesn’t know her real name. She doesn’t know who her family is, or where they went. The only thing she remembers is that she was told to wait on a specific street corner, at a special time, until her parents came back for her. She stays under the radar to survive…until a destiny that’s perilously close to Maximum Ride’s forces her to take flight. Someone is coming for her.

When it comes to the writing and the characters I couldn’t be more in love. It was so fun to see the characters I fell in love with ten years in the future, even if it wasn’t in the best circumstances. Anyone who’s read maximum Ride knows how sarcastic and fun the characters are, how enticing the plots are. And Hawk is just like them.

When I was reading the book in the car I couldn’t help but yell out loud at the characters. It got me quite a few odd looks from the family. I said, “James Patterson is making me feel things I don’t want to.”

“What? Emotions?” my sister asked.

I couldn’t help it. I was drawn into the addicting world I loved so much. “Cold, dark emotions,” I said. “I love it so much.”

James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet have a mystifying way of drawing in their readers, grasping onto them, and never letting them go. Not even after you close the book. I can never get enough of these books, and Maximum Ride will always be a cherished story I hold dear to my heart.

For any Maximum Ride fan, this is the perfect story. To jump back into a world you love in a new and exciting way is always a treat. And anyone looking for a gripping, snarky, expertly written mystery with the ever imminent chance of death on every page, this is the book for you. (Although I suggest you start with the Maximum Ride series.) But don’t just take my word for it. Read Hawk and find out for yourself.

Happy reading!

-R.E. Klinzing


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