My Rating ~ Four Stars
RELEASE DATE: 6 July 2020
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for having me on the blog tour for Hawk!
Where is Maximum Ride?
Ten years ago a girl with wings fought to save the world. But then she disappeared.
Now she’s just a fading legend, remembered only in stories.
Hawk doesn’t know her real name. She doesn’t know who her family was, or where they went. The only thing she remembers is that she was told to wait on a specific street corner, at a specific time, until her parents came back for her.
She stays under the radar to survive…until a destiny that’s perilously close to Maximum Ride’s forces her to take flight. Someone is coming for her.
But it’s not a rescue mission.
It’s an execution.
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of Hawk, in exchange for an honest review!
Hawk has been living on the streets for ten years. Every day she waits on a street corner, for half an hour, just as her parents told her to do, but they never come. She spends her time acquiring food and other necessities for her ‘kids’, a few children in a home, who have been experimented on. A Terrible dictator controls all of the city, and what he doesn’t take, the city’s crime bosses do. Ekeing out an existence seems to be all Hawk will ever be able to do, until circumstances bring her face to face with the people she has been looking for all her life.
I haven’t actually read the Maximum Ride books, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of Hawk at all, so if you’re hesitating to read this one, being a spin-off, don’t be, it stands up on its own (Although I definitely do want to read the Maximum Ride books now!). I loved the characters, especially Clete and some of the members of the original flock. The different friendships and relationships really pulled the book together and had me feeling all the emotions. Hawk was a bad ass heroine and the whole book was fast paced and action packed. It wasn’t perfect, there were some aspects I found a bit simplistic and meh, such as the over exaggerated addiction of the Opes and the attitude of Hawk towards Clete at times (I loved the mental health rep he presented, but something just felt off about some of Hawk’s interactions with him). Although I didn’t have any of the back story, due to not reading the original books, I’m glad this book didn’t get too bogged down in trying to re-live the past. It wasn’t needed and I enjoyed being able to just get on with the story!
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