Posted by: jacstar | December 29, 2008

When the Wind Blows by James Patterson

when-wind-blowsThis novel is about an 11 year old human experiment named Max. She is, by all appearances, a girl with wings. Genetically, it’s much more complicated. Her and her brother, Matthew, break out of the School that created them. This ’school’ is essentially a scientist prison for mutants. Basically, it’s the bad version of the Mutant school in X-Men.

Doctors have been experimenting on infants, trying to grow the unimaginable and when they fail, they put the children to sleep. No remorse. If the child doesn’t function they way the doctor wants, or has birth defects, they are put to death. Max and Matthew break free but are separated. Max is discovered by Dr. Frannie O’Neill (coincidentally she is a veterinarian.)  Matthew is barely mentioned again in the book.

Dr. O’Neill is a vet who lives essentially in her animal hospital. She lost her husband in an unsolved murder case and never quite recovered. Kit Harrison AKA Tom Brennan is an FBI agent secretly searching for the lab doing inexplicable experiments. He follows a lead that takes him to Dr. O’Neill. This now becomes a story of ’survival of the fittest’ and the race begins.

When the Wind Blows is the first of the series. It is also the adult version of the Maximum Ride series which is written for kids.

I wasn’t blown away by this book, which is strange given my background in science. I didn’t like that the story was told from so many different perspectives. Max, Frannie, Kit, Matthew, and Uncle Thomas are just a few examples. I understand the first three mentioned but beyond that it was just too many.  I did like the concept. It was interesting, and slightly disturbing, how these mutants might actually be our future. Given the explanations, it did seem entirely possible. However, these weren’t just people who could fly, they were also superhuman in strength and knowledge. This for me, was where the concept became ‘over the top’.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good read, but personally, I am not sure I will continue on in the series.


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