And so, we continue on to day two of the 30DBC. Still don’t know what this challenge is about?
When I first thought of this, my first thought instantly drifted to the Harry Potter series (forewarning, that a lot of the books for this list did make me consider this series). But then I realised something shocking, I probably have not read any of the Harry Potter books more than twice. And the only reason was to refresh my knowledge of the books before watching the movies.
In fact, while I’m willing to watch a movie again and again, I hardly ever read a book more than twice. And usually it is for reasons such as having to write a paper on it – and those were not the books I wanted to list here.
But, after some digging through my memory, I realised, yes, there actually was a book I read more than 3 times, and it was …
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Why this book, you might ask? Because it reads like a movie. It really is that simple. And like how I watch movies more than once easily, I read this book more than three times just as easily. It’s kind of one of those mindless books you can get through – regardless of it being 455 pages long. The font is really big and the chapters are only five pages long – maximum. Like seriously, it has 134 chapters.
The plot centres around six kids, the oldest one being Max, who were experimented on by a clandestine and evil organization. The one thing they have in common is that they have wings – they’re 2% bird. But apart from that, as they continue their adventure, they realise that they each have specialised powers. In this first book, the youngest of these kids, Angel, is kidnapped by the organization and it is up to the kids to rescue her.
This novel sits at the fork road of a sci-fi, fantasy and action/adventure. To best describe it, I would say that it is kind of like X-men – it’s about humans being experimented on in an attempt to evolve society for the better – but of course, only for the small few involved.
For anyone who wants to get into the young adult series, I suggest that you read it as it is and not take it too seriously. The first book is honestly as good as it is going to get, because there is less plot holes – by the third book, the chapters are just riddled like swiss cheese with them. Plus, Patterson throws in every possible cliche plot twist available from both the range of novels and films – and the first book has the more original ideas. By the third book you’re wondering if he even knows what he’s talking about anymore. There are a lot of leads that Patterson suggests that are just never solved, and you need to accept that.
Apart from that, the book moves really fast, and is honestly entertaining enough to pass the time.
Oh, and if you want a more “adult” version, the Maximum Ride series actually originated from Patterson’s adult novel When the Wind Blows (which is honestly better written – but you miss a lot of Max’s sarcasm and sass).
So, for the book that I’ve read more than 3 times, it has to be the first instalment of the Maximum Ride series: The Angel Experiment!
Last but not least, check out Rhey of Sunshine for which book she has read more than 3 times.
Catch you again tomorrow!