Max gives us a brief monologue and tells us she plans to fight (gee, really?), and then Ari decides to taunt her:
“Feeling like a little exercise? Wanna race? Wanna play food fight? You’re the food!” (pg 205)
If you run, you might be fast food!
Then Max bites down on Ari’s fingers and thinks “pit bull thoughts.” Beats me why she chooses now to make up phrases when so far she’s been content to just spout pop culture references.
Max eventually lets go and Ari kicks her cage, sending her towards Angel; she unlocks her cage and tells her to “go”.
And then Iggy and Gazzy come back, leading a bunch of hawks. No, I don’t know either.
So. In the chapter before last, it was made clear that the kids were going to be hunted by the Erasers, or at least killed by them. This would kind of require the kids to not be in their cages, which means they could theoretically fly away, unless the yard area has a net or something… which, as a bunch of hawks begin attacking the Erasers, does not exist.
This means the kids were just going to be let out into a wide open space where they’d have no trouble flying away. Because a bunch of scientists would totally do that.
Max then throws Angel up into the air and goes for Fang’s crate, throwing off the scientists with ease. Why a 14-year-old bird kid with hollow bones would be stronger than grown men and women, I don’t know.
Anyway, Max gets Nudge free too, then beats up a random scientist for no reason before the flock begin to fly off. Jeb appears and makes a final plead, saying that all this was just “a test”, but Max brushes him off because she does not like him for some bizarre reason.
Now Max is having her amazing reunion with Angel and all that, Iggy remarks that them all being together is how it should be forever (eh?), and Max gives a short speech about how they all have to be together and I do not know why this is coming up like it’s important or was forgotten.
And apparently the flock are all kind of embarrassed to have feelings. Because growing up in a cage totally does that to you.
Blah blah blah, they can’t go back to the house since Jeb knows it, so Max decides they’ll go east.
We’re in part 4, now, entitled “New Yawk, New Yawk.” Just gonna let that stand on its own.
Max gives us some bizarre freeform poetry or something, Nudge talks, and then Max feels some sort of pain and drops through the sky. The chapter ends with this:
Something was incredibly wrong.
Already. (pg 216)
Does anyone have any idea what this means?
Max is falling and then Fang grabs her and carries her for a bit, though I’d think that since humans are already ill-made for flying that even if they could be made to fly they’d be unable to carry twice their normal weight. But what do I know?
Max tells Fang to find a place to land.
You know, all this chapter starting/stopping just makes the book feel choppy.
Anyway, Iggy’s making a fire because apparently Iggy likes fire. You know, 200 pages in really isn’t a good time to be telling us character traits.
And the flock have a bunch of food. Where this came from is not said.
Oh, and apparently all the School’s experiments have shorter life spans; Max says it has to do with the spliced genes unraveling, though I’m not sure how she knows that. She fears that she’s starting to die because of the pain attack, blah blah blah. Then Angel comes over and says something bizarre:
“I’ve got a secret. From when I was at the School. It’s about us. Where we came from?” (pg 221)
Say that aloud. Does it make any sense whatsoever, sound any bit natural? I’m guessing no.
Apparently not having Angel made Max feel incomplete, and now with Angel back Max feels whole. This is told to us in the middle of a conversation.
And because we have to have a plot now that Angel’s back, it turns out that there are files on the flock in “the Institute” in New York. I just find it very convenient it’s being brought up right now, but whatever.
Oh, and the flock were actually born to human mothers. I’m not a scientist, no expert in biology or anything, but I’m nevertheless dubious that a bird/human hybrid would be able to properly live inside a womb and be birthed and all. I’d think the wings alone would really complicate things.
Still not a fan of all the chapter breaks.
Blah blah blah, Max has magical looks that say things, Angel continues to explain. Apparently the bird genes were put into them while their mothers were pregnant, using “Amniocentesis.” Which, after using the handy Wikipedia link that popped up, would mean that somehow the bird kids got their bird genes from a test that extracts tissue. Right.
Angel then gives each of the flock their little story about their parents, but she knows nothing about Max because of course she doesn’t.
This, by the way, was all learned via Angel’s telepathy. Because the scientists were totally thinking about the other bird kids’ mothers and the Institute and files.
Max says everyone should go to bed early, and after Nudge says something “short” blatantly lies by telling us it’s the shortest sentence she ever heard Nudge speak. I can take shortest stream of sentences or instance of speaking whatever, but looking earlier in the book will find multiple shorter sentences so I say no.
And apparently it’s habit for them to do a complicated hand-fit-bump-thingy. Not sure habits work that way, but whatever.
The rest of the chapter is a short conversation between Fang and Max that doesn’t seem to serve much purpose at all.
Everyone has breakfast, then as Max takes off to fly she gets the same pain as before, which comes with a bunch of flashing images that sound like they come right out of an action movie or something. She recovers, eventually, and then they take off again. It’s all rather boring, and I still don’t understand why these chapters are so short.
Also, I’d like to note that we’re now a few chapters away from Iggy and Gazzy’s bird attack and we still have no idea how it happened. Last I checked, birds don’t randomly follow people with wings and attack on command. But why would I expect anything in this book to make sense?