Why is this book called FANG, anyway? Is it because he’s the one who’s supposed to die? Because, uh, that’s had absolutely nothing to do with the story so far. It’d make a lot more sense for this book to be called ANGEL, especially since it was her who made that silly prediction.
We’ve skipped past the flock flying to Hollywood and join them in their hotel. It’s not like seeing Dylan’s perspective as he flies for an extended period for the first time would be important character stuff or anything.
Dylan was doing pretty well at fitting in with the rest of the flock. He wasn’t demanding, and he was a good listener and a good fighter. Angel loved Fang a lot, but Dylan was… easier. Warmer. He talked more. It was almost as if he were made to be with them. (pg 202)
Angel is not very smart.
Before much can happen, Angel’s agents enter the room, and… well…
Angel could almost see dollar signs in their eyes, like in cartoons. (pg 203)
Yeah. They’re the most ridiculous of caricatures. Fortunately, they’re only around for a page before Angel mind controls them into a contract that’s wildly in the flock’s favor.
Are we supposed to like Angel? Like, at all?
In some obvious foreshadowing, the flock mention feeling tingly and weird, and then they talk to reporters. For some reason JPatterson decided that this was a worthy scene to have in the book, despite the fact that it’s just the flock answering questions we readers already know the answers to. Joy.
Dylan decides to sing and the others, minus Angel and Total, join in. It’s about as pointless as it sounds. Then they start to get sick and send the reporters away. Iggy mentions that only the genetically engineered members of the flock (so, everyone but Jeb and Akila) are sick, as if it’s somehow at all relevant. Then Angel passes out.
You know, it’s been a while since I last mentioned it, but JPatterson continues to write Max’s chapters in first person and all the others in third person. Remember back at the start of book one when there was the whole “yeah this is a real story” sort of thing? And then JPatterson started writing chapters from the villains’ perspective.
In any case, this chapter is back to Max and Fang. They’re eating breakfast, and after Fang notes that Max barely slept and isn’t eating as much as normal, she says she’s been thinking about the possibility that Dr. Gunther-Hagen and Angel are in cahoots. Apparently this has killed her appetite? It’s a good theory, though, as it would explain why Angel saw it necessary to boot Max out of the flock, but it doesn’t explain why the rest of the flock would think it was a reasonable idea. So… still a plot hole. Yay.
Then Max decides to call the flock because JPatterson decided the plot required it. She calls Nudge, specifically, because apparently the flock all have cell phones? Which isn’t particularly surprising but it’s weird they haven’t been explicitly mentioned.
Holding my breath, I dialed Nudge’s number. If she hung up on me or told me not to call anymore, it would be very hard. (pg 215)
Nudge is happy when Max calls, though, and asks where Max is.
That was weird. She knew I wouldn’t say anything over the phone. (pg 215)
Max, if someone is able to tap into your call, they can probably trace your phone.
Nudge says that the flock got sick and then got better, and are now going to a party, then hangs up, and Max and Fang decide that it’s a trap. They just say “yeah, trap.” So… either they think this party is a trap, or they think this is somehow a trap for Max and Fang? That… uh… doesn’t make any sense.
The flock arrive at a fancy restaurant, which is quite crowded due to their being there. It also seems that it’s the location of a party for the flock, but the whole thing is kinda vaguely described.
“Get me out of here,” said Iggy, whose superior sensory skills normally made him comfortable weaving his way through any scene of chaos. “This is giving me the willies.” (pg 218)
Okay, um, JPatterson? That random bit of exposition has nothing to do with what Iggy was saying. Please try to link together things that are actually related when you write. Thanks.
The flock mingle, Dylan’s attractiveness gets mentioned about a thousand times, etc. etc. until Angel notices that Dylan’s skin is pale and clammy. Apparently this is strange because he “always looked perfect.” Then Angel looks at her hands and screams! OH NO! Though I’m more concerned with how Nudge’s five words of dialogue about the flock getting sick is all we got about that. Angel passes out and it’s a cliffhanger and then it gets ignored?
Vague, mysterious people are examining subjects that have boils all over, that seem to be the flock. Apparently these boils are being caused by the chemical Dr. Gunther-Hagen put in the water, but weren’t supposed to; the chemical was tested on Dylan when he was six months old and didn’t do this. So… is it time for some fail-science on JPatterson’s part?
Max and Fang have apparently decided to go after the flock in LA because [plot]. They arrive and just happen to see a sign on top of the restaurant the flock are at proclaiming that the flock are there. The crowd inside begins to rush out as Max and Fang get near, and upon meeting bouncers that don’t want to let them in, they somehow manage to get into the air to fly over them. Which makes no sense but that’s just par for the course.
They get inside, where it seems to already be empty since Max is easily able to find the flock. A few people with guns approach the flock and Dylan takes one of them down, apparently using his ability to see things coming (gee, that’s not an overpowered ability) combined with his inexplicable combat training. Max also takes one down, and Angel picks up his fallen gun. Max spends a couple of really awkward paragraphs feeling tragic over Angel picking up a gun because oh no we don’t use guns my sweet babby is a murderer!!!! before getting on with things and telling us that Angel points the gun at her.
Well… JPatterson successfully made me confused and curious. That’s something, I guess.