I don’t think I need to go over the fact that I love books. I think we have established that like, I don’t know, a long, long, looong while ago, so let’s just skip to the chase.
Recently, I’ve been devouring James Patterson’s young adult novels. From Daniel X to Maximum Ride. From Maximum Ride to my newly acquired book, Witch and Wizard. It was quite funny how it all started. How I started to read his young adult books. For one, I have heard about Daniel X, Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard for a long time and have heard about James Patterson even before Maximum Ride was written–after all, he has written a couple of number of books even before these three series.
Anyways, I first got a hold of Daniel X. And not in book-form, let me tell you. I actually got into Daniel X because of the Nintendo DS game: Daniel X: Ultimate Power. Yeah, I started to fell in love with the characters, the plot, the whole concept when I found myself enjoying the game–the action, the puzzles, the quirky characters and their wit. Then I became curious which led to me buying ALL THREE BOOKS as soon as we got to the bookstore (which in turn made my mom ‘tsk’).
It took me a short while to finish Daniel X, and I was still pretty much addicted to James Patterson’s young adult novel writing style. It was fun reading Daniel X, and so I went on ahead and bought Maximum Ride. I have the complete collection (minus Book 3–which I had to read via ebook, and the recent book: Angel–which, unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to buy) by the end of the week and was frustrated at Fang since last night when I couldn’t help myself and finished the book. Now I’m even more frustrated since I couldn’t find the next book in the series (I’m begging you, please let there be a copy in Lucena soon!), which was why I decided to go on ahead and buy James Patterson’s Witch and Wizards books. Yep, books (since I didn’t just buy the first book, I bought the second one as well, hehehe).
Anyways, even though I had only bought it, like, 5 hours ago, I have already finished the first book and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. It was funny (although not as funny and witty as Maximum Ride or Daniel X) and it had that certain charm. Granted, some parts are predictable but, overall? I’d say I certainly enjoyed the book and it delivered in such a way that only James Patterson books can.
There is one particular quote at the end of the book that I liked and I wish to share with you all. It has a pretty great message that kids, teenagers, and grown-ups could benefit from (and is also the reason why I decided to write this post to begin with even though I have already written two posts for today, hahaha, me and my writing obsession).
Please read and take it to heart. It says a lot.
“…seize the moment, however worried you may be about what’s coming next. It’s your brain, it’s your life, it’s your attitude…Go out there and fill up with sights, sounds, and ideas that are bigger than yourself. We all know from history–to say nothing of this current reality–what can happen if we stay quiet and just do what’s put in front of us.”
Let me tell you, that little piece of advice there at the end? That whole: ‘We all know from history…what can happen if we stay quiet and just do what’s put in front of us’ part? I think it even speaks more beyond what is written. I think it also speaks about doing what is right, what is just, what is fair.
I remember one quote–a quote that I always love to remind myself and to say (when times deem it necessary)–that would go well with that little bit of Wisty (that’s the name of one of the main characters and narrator of the story) knowledge, and it goes as follows:
Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.
A clichéd thought, I know. But you know what, clichés have worked well in the past. Maybe it’s high time that we remember what it means to really be heroes. To think more about others and not just of our selves?
Reading Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard made me understand a couple of things and make me feel quite annoyed at our government and the way the whole bunch of world leaders are acting. We are faced with so many problems around the world, and yet some of these leaders seem to care little about their ‘flock’, their ‘drang‘, their ‘coven’, and only like to think about themselves: their power, their authority, their money, their popularity.
Isn’t there something more important? Isn’t the global warming more important to discuss and prevent than, let’s say, what to wear at the upcoming state dinner? Isn’t education more important than, I don’t know, discussing who’s the senator or the congressman/woman who have the most number of absents? Isn’t healthcare–life in general–more important than war?
The funny thing is, most kids know that. Most kids realize it. If kids can realize what’s so bizarre and ultimately wrong with the world’s priorities (I mean, come on, getting more businesses at the cost of ruining the planet and causing global warming is more important? Money is more important than the Earth? That’s kind of idiotic to say the least), then why can’t the adults, the world leaders, do anything about it? Well, that’s one of the questions I got from reading Maximum Ride, and I’m pretty sure a couple of skeptics are already busting out to comment and answer these questions like they usually do.
Anyways, if you love to read and would like to learn more than some magic words and speaking them in, I don’t know, a British accent? Then maybe you’d enjoy reading James Patterson’s Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Witch and Wizard books? If you’re someone like me, I can guarantee that you’d love them just as I do!