Angel by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I hadn't read any of the Maximum Ride series, but having read this I'm hoping to find the time to go back and remedy that. One of the things I like is that the backstory/explication is done so lightly I just slipped into the story.
Here Max and Fang are separated, and Fang's forming his own flock (albeit one without anyone else that can fly). Max is recovering from their break-up when she (and the flock) learn that Gen 77 (the 77th generation of mutant beings) needs her and Dylan (her 'true love', genetically programmed to imprint on her) to lead them into... something. Then there's this group, the Doomsday Group, brainwashing non-mutants into believing in the One Light (and chanting the nifty motto "Save the planet! Kill the humans!").
Of course, by the end of the book, Fang and Max have managed to work out some peace... the Group is still operating... Angel (one of Max's flock) is missing... and the cliffs are hanging all over the place.