Happy Thursday y’all! This is going to be a busy couple of weeks for me blog tour wise and review wise, so definitely be on the lookout for all the posts from me! It’ll definitely be a fun time all around haha
Today’s my stop on the Hawk tour with Terminal Tours (made possible by Jimmy Patterson Presents/Little Brown for Young Readers)- the hardcover version of this book came out back in 2020, but the paperback came out on August 31st!
Hawk 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
The next generation of Maximum Ride takes flight! In this dark dystopian tale, 17-year-old Hawk is growing up hard and fast in post-apocalyptic New York City—until a perilous destiny forces her to take flight and protect her home.
Where is Maximum Ride? 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 was, or where they went. The only thing she remembers is that she was told to wait on a specific street corner, at a specific 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.
But it’s not a rescue mission. It’s an execution.
So I was one of those people who never read the original Maximum Ride books- I was just a little too old to be in the target market when they came out, so I never picked them up, but I had so many family friends who raved about them, so I always knew about them. When I got the chance to be a part of this blog tour for the next generation of Maximum Ride, I was like you know what, why not! Then, after I started reading the book, I decided to look at Goodreads, because you know, that’s what one does, and OMG y’all people are so polarized in their opinions on this book! So many people who loved the original series are so pissed at how long this series has been dragged out and they thought this book was horrible BUT lots of people like me who never read the original series enjoyed Hawk as a standalone book, so I definitely think that if y’all are even considering reading Hawk, go for it and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.
Now onto my real review. In terms of the plot of Hawk, I was definitely a fan. There was so much action and so much happened super quickly. I wasn’t crazy about the writing style, but once I got used to it, it didn’t really bother me that much. Hawk really reminded me of one of those action movies that are great entertainment, but as soon as you start thinking through things and using your brain, everything starts falling apart, so definitely don’t do that while you’re reading. Enjoy the entertainment value of the book. I liked how we had both Hawk’s point of view and Max’s point of view, but I’m probably going to be in the minority here when I say I didn’t really like Max. Also, how old is she supposed to be? Because if she has a 15 year old daughter, I’m assuming she’s at least 25? She for sure didn’t act 25- I wish we had gotten the point of view of another flock member instead- maybe Fang since he was related to Hawk as well? Angel probably would have had a very cool point of view too! In terms of the other kids that Hawk grew up with, they ended up feeling like almost an afterthought throughout the book after she met the flock, which was a little sad. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with Hawk and I definitely think you should read it if you’re even the slightest bit interested, whether you’ve read any of the other Maximum Ride books or not.
About the Author:
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over a million books to schoolkids and over forty million dollars to support education, and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Raves for the blockbuster MAXIMUM RIDE series:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
An ALA/VOYA “Teens’ Top Ten” Pick
A VOYA Review Editor’s Choice
A New York Public Library “Books for the Teen Age” Selection
A Book Sense Summer Children’s Pick
A KLIATT Editors’ ChoiceA Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year for MAX