: James Patterson
Title: Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Even when you've sold as many books as James Patterson has, the secret to survival in the often-fickle publishing industry is staying relevant. 

So it's really no big surprise that Patterson made his foray into the highly successful YA (young adult) market in the past with several successful novels specifically geared for the younger set. Basically, what could've added up to nothing more than shrewd business savvy has been the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his diversity.

To wit, stepping out of his psychological thriller comfort zone has ultimately paid off big time with teens across America even selecting him as the "Author of the Year" in the prestigious Children's Choice Book Awards.

Perhaps, nothing he's written, for adults or children, has been quite as wonderfully eccentric as the international bestsellers from the "Maximum Ride" series. Beginning with The Angel Experiment in 2007, it's the story of extraordinary kids who know what it means to soar—quite literally, in fact, because they' actually have wings. 

But as exciting as the lives of these protagonists are, danger isn't far away. When someone's got a special gift, like the X-Men for example, there always seems to be people who want to figure out what makes them tick, which is exactly what happens to the titular character. Worst yet, is when Angel's friends try to save her from all that experimentation and are forced to fight half-human, half-wolf creatures called "Erasers" in the process.

Yes, Patterson has fashioned one fantastical world with plenty of fast-paced beats carefully crafted to hold your attention for the long haul. Trouble is, Patterson simply couldn't keep the momentum coming with the final book in the series titled Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure.

With any series like this, suspending your disbelief is a must for maximum enjoyment. But with Nevermore, there are so many leaps of logic and terrible turns of plot that he's made it practically impossible to enjoy. Funny enough, if you ever find yourself with time on your hands, there are countless fascinating web debates that involve disgruntled readers who won't even acknowledge the existence of this final book.

Now before you assume these fans have nothing more than an axe to grind or a flair for the dramatic, the bulk of what they're saying is absolutely true. All the negative response is not about a storyline not going the way you want it to. It's the blatant disregard for these beloved characters and what happens to them.

In addition to having a threadbare plot that doesn't make much more than a twitch of sense, it almost reminded me of LOST where the writers took a thoroughly engaging world and drove it into the ground with too many side plots that didn't matter and utter randomness that didn't fit with the previous story trajectory.

To detail all the ways that Nevermore went wrong would take far too much time and energy. But for anyone who's been invested in what happens to Max, Angel and everyone else, well, you may try your own foray into fan fiction because it will be way more satisfying than Nevermore is.

*This Review First Published 8/21/2012