Title: Maximum Ride (Manga, Volume 1)
Author: James Patterson and NaRae Lee
Publisher: Yen Press
Page #: 246, I think. Had to count...
Got book: From my Library
"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. Now it's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?"
"Here we can be ourselves. No grown-ups. No schools. No doctors. No cages...
I force myself out of my cozy bed, taking in the mountain view. Safe, just me and my family."
If I remember correctly, this is the first graphic novel I've read that is directly from a book. I know there are more out there (because that's my next read), but this is the first I've read. Something tells me that you get a whole different thing when you're reading this story for the first time in graphic form. That is to say, I was comparing it to the novel the entire time. I probably should just stick with one or the other.
That being said, I was really, really picky about things. This is probably because I love the MR series so much... and I want things to be perfect like they are in the novel. There were a few little things. Like, they have lunch in a Taco Bell (it's pretty much labeled) and they're eating burgers. Erm... And Nudge seemed a little too filled out for the image in my head. Now, I know the artist is from Korea, so this could really have something to do with some things getting lost in translation. So I'm going to attempt to ignore some of the inconsitancies.
There were a few things that seemed to be left out from this version that I loved about the novel. When the flock is in trouble, there was a saying Max or whoever would yell when they were in trouble - the "up and away!" thing. I loved that. It was very telling about how they lived their lives. But that wasn't in this version.
I know I'm complaining a lot. I apologize. It's well done. I loved the drawings - it really captured the essence of flying and the power they have ... it does a pretty decent job of sticking with the story you get in the novel. So, even though I've been picking at it, I still recommend this graphic novel. Now, I am recommending it only to people who haven't read the full novels before. Someone who wants to get the story (as though the novels take that long to read anyway). If you've read the novels, you might have the same problems I did. Maybe not.
I hope you all enjoy this one. It was definitely fun - but it's a great story. I'll always be a fan! :) The illustrator has a blog of his artwork. It's pretty cool, so check that out.
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