Among the ever-chugging conveyor belt of books that airport novel maestro James Patterson has churned out is the YA Maximum Ride series that kicked off in 2005. If you’ve never come across it, it’s a bit like a version of X-Men in which every member of the team is Angel. And the powers come from genetic modification not mutation. And there’s no Magneto. Or costumes. Okay, it’s barely like X-Men but there are a lot of kids with wings.
The books are the kind of fast paced, page-turning, sci-fi lite fun you’d expect from Patterson, and it’s a surprise it’s taken this long for a film to appear. Even then, it’s not a major theatrical release but a digital download with a limited theatrical release in the US only. But it looks like it should fill a hole left by The Hunger Games if you’re feeling starved of YA sci-fi action.