This is a YA series by James Patterson. It’s very, very clever. I’d call it “Wizard of Oz meets Frankenstein in the Brave New World with a really, really cool protagonist. Add spice from superhero comics.” I shouldn’t have to comment on Patterson’s prolific ability to write an engaging story – he’s kind of a cross between Norah Roberts and Dean Koontz on about a quad shot of caffeine. Very sharp.
This should be good for kids from about 10 or 11 through death, and particularly appealing to sf nuts like me since he uses a lot of our tropes. Note – it is generally shelved in YA, although I’ve seen it cross-shelved in a variety of interesting ways (new fiction, teen reads, science fiction and fantasy).
Oh, and don’t start this one with the idea you can put it down easily – Patterson is a master at hooking you and pulling you all the way through a story. I’m going to do my darndest to learn from him by re-reading this as I work on my own modern fantasy. Even though it’s not as much a thriller as the Maximum Ride sequence, and I don’t have a genetically engineered hero. But hey, I do have a gentically engineered dog. 🙂