Monday, August 29, 2005

A New Genre

James Patterson writes spine tingling psychological thrillers and touching love stories. He has crossed yet another boundary in the written word--Young Adult Fiction. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is told from the point of view of a teenage girl who has been created in a lab. Her body is the result of genetic experimenting. She has wings and can fly. But she isn't the only one of these amazing creatures. Her family consists of several other, like herself, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. They've been stolen from the lab that created them. The scientists want them back. The man who helped them escape, Jeb, has disappeared, leaving Max as the oldest in charge. The scientists aren't satisfied with creating just these amazing kids that can fly. They also have created "Erasers," a werewolf-like creature whose only goal is to get the extraordinary flying children back to the lab. Max leads, follows and pushes to save her family from a fate that will fulfill their worst imaginings and fears. On his website, Mr. Patterson offers a partial outline, sample chapters and words of encouragement for young (and old) authors. Well worth the visit.

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