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COVER REVEAL: 'Nevermore' Cover Revealed and James Patterson Interview

The very first James Patterson book I ever read was The Lake House.  Not considered to be part of the Maximum Ride series, it does give you an intro and a bit of character background.  The Maximum Ride series went on to become rather successful for Mr. Patterson, even getting picked up for a movie (latest news says a 2013 release).
Today, the cover for Nevermore, the 8th and final novel in the series, has been released.  Here it is!


Along with the cover, I also found this James Patterson interview with USA Today regarding the release:
Q. What can you say about the finale of Nevermore?
A. I’m both sorry and happy. [Laughs] I’m sorry because I don’t want to see Max and the Flock leave. I’m just as attached to them as any fan. But I’m happy that I think everybody’s going to be satisfied with this book. Sometimes, the conclusions to stories aren’t all that satisfying, but I think all the questions are answered and everybody’s going to go, “OK. That was a good ending.”
Q. Did you shed a tear when you typed that last page?
A. I think it’s touching. I didn’t tear up. It’s bittersweet.
Q. With the way Angel ended, it seems like there’ll be an emotional beginning to this last chapter.
A. Yeah, and that’s the way I try to write everything. My big thing here with all of these books is to get more and more kids reading. I do have an ulterior motive here, and that’s my mission. The more kids read, the better they get at it, and for a lot of kids the best way to get them reading is to give them a story that they really can get into. They get into The Hunger Games and they get into Maximum Ride. There’s something like 9,000 Maximum Ride videos on YouTube, and some of them are stunning. I also think we’re closer to the movie than we’ve been. I never know for sure inHollywood, but it’s definitely warm now.
Q. Do you have any new updates on a film adaptation?
A. I’m very hopeful as opposed to mildly depressed. [Laughs]
Q. As you write these books, do you think about the readers as they get older?
A. I always figured there would be a kid audience and an adult audience, and there is. That’s true for Hunger Games and Twilight and Harry Potter. And Maximum Ride, for sure. In particular what happens is a lot of parents share the books with their kids, and the mom has read it and the kids and they talk about it. That’s also very, very healthy.
Q. Do you really enjoy hearing from fans and listening to them debate about aspects like whether Max should end up with Fang or Dylan?
A. I love it. They’re involved, and when you get kids making videos, they are involved. I’m sure also that, as much as I think it’s a good ending, some kids are going to be going, “That’s not what I wanted to happen!” because they get so deeply into it. One of the nice things about books as opposed to television and movies to some extent is it’s not a passive entertainment. People really do get involved and they do create and they do have their own visions of what different characters look like and what should happen. It’s great — it means their brains are working.
Q. Will you be starting a new series since you have this new hole in your schedule?
A. Oh yeah, sure. I’m sort of in both spheres now — I have books for the younger, middle-school-aged (kids) and then young-adult books. It’s a very full year. What’s coming is another middle-school book Get Me Out of Here! in May, then Nevermore in August and then right after that comes my first young-adult mystery detective series, which is pretty cool. It’s called Confessions of a Murder Suspect and it’s the story of a girl who is under suspicion for two murders. She’s a real piece of work — she has a real twisted point of view on life. And then in December, a book called I, Funny, which is more middle school and it’s about a boy who desperately wants to be a standup comedian. He’s studied every single comedian ever, he knows every funny line in every TV show, he knows everybody from Henny Youngman to Chris Rock. It’s very funny but also very touching: In the first chapter, it’s illustrated and you’re seeing all these shots of him sweating when he’s on the local version of the Funniest Kid on the Planet contest. He’s choking — he has all this great material, he has a great act, and all he can remember are the punchlines.
Q. Is Nevermore the last fans will see of the Maximum Ride characters or the world?
A. At this point, I feel that I’ve written what I know about these characters, and we’ve come to the place I thought it was all coming to. I don’t have any plans to spin off anybody or write about the characters again. We’ll see if I have the courage of a J.K. Rowling or not. We’ll see if she has courage, too, as time goes by.

6 thoughts on “COVER REVEAL: 'Nevermore' Cover Revealed and James Patterson Interview

  1. Now, THAT is a gorgeous cover.

  2. I know, right?!?! Beautiful artwork!!

  3. Amazing cover. James Patterson is prolific!

  4. The cover is beautiful, but when I saw that there was an interview my first thought was “and now I have to hate her on principal.” Thankfully since it was in USA Today I can go back to liking you.

  5. My question is “why does she have gray hair and gray wings?” I’m really happy that that’s the girl who is modeling Max. That girl has modeled Max for all of the books except “School’s Out – Forever”. She is a perfect Max! And the boy who models Fang – just yes. It says “yes” all over for me. I have a lot of questions, haha. Both of those models are perfect! But that question just runs through my mind: Why does she have gray wings and hair? One more question: what are those kids’ names? That girl, and the boy. The boy that’s on the cover of School’s Out Forever, Saving the World, Max, and Fang. I really want to know the girls name!

  6. I hope that Max and Fang wind up together. Maybe Dylan and Maya end up becoming a couple.
    I really don’t want Maximum Ride to end.
    I never really liked the changes made with the Flock during the later, more recent, books. Like, with the whole “splitting up” thing, again… But it is what it is… I’m sure it’ll be cool no matter what.
    I’m wishing that Nevermore is written more in the style of the first book, you know?
    Yeah, the cover’s beautiful-I’d love to see what the 2 sided poster has on it. It’s gotta be cool.

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