I'm a huge James Patterson Fan, I'm a sucker for mystery's and thrillers, so I have aread all the Maximum Ride novels, and I think they are good, but not excedengly (spelling?) great. I prefer some of Patterson's other novels more, such as the Alex Cross and Wemon's Murder Club series. Maximum Ride is more geared toward the younger crowd, but I did enjoy them. I'd recomend, and have done so, to friends and those who like juvenile/Young Adult Sci-Fi, so I'd say give them a try...and The Dangerous Days of Daniel X wasn't a bad read either, though it does get a bit over-the-top creepy in some spots.