Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "Flock"-Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel-are just like ordinary kids-only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time-like when Angel, the youngest member of the "Flock," is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were genetically engineered by sinister scientists.
Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare-this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the depths Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb-now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world-but can she
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1 . Fang is a douche bag
Posted January 29, 2011 by Max's Wingless Counterpart , Home, UsaMust I say anything else? Not to mention fickle. Does he love Max or does he love 'Red Head Wonder' (as that girl was so perfectly named)?
Still a great book though. Kudos for Patterson. I truthfully like Fang's douche-bagieness. Its fun to watch (in my head, of course). And, though i think Iggy is a WAY better character, Fang is perfect for Max. A douche bag for a douche bag. (By the way i'm also insulting myself because i'm the same personality as Max, red. Yay Control! haha jk)
2 . Excellent Sequel
Posted August 02, 2010 by M Ride Fan #1 , New YorkOkay, so after reading Maximum Ride#1I thought, "There is no way this book could live up to my expectation of the first book." Well, let me tell you, I could never be more wrong about anything in my life! This book went WAY beyond my expectations. The action got even more dangerous, the plot got even more interesting, and the romance got even more intense. At first, the concept of the flock going to school(and I mean a REAL school as in High school) kind of made me apprehensive to read it, but when they actually got there, it was AWESOME! So, awesome book. Definately worth reading. GO MAX AND FANG!!!!
3 . Great series
Posted January 29, 2010 by Marie , BurlingtonI enjoyed this series. The conflict between the characters, the challenges that they have to get out of make a very fun read. They goes through normal challenges with a twist.
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April 07, 2007
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Excerpt from School's Out--Forever by James Patterson
Sweeping, swooping, soaring, air-current thrill rides--there's nothing better. For miles around, we were the only things in the infinite, wide-open, clear blue sky. You want an adrenaline rush? Try tucking your wings in, dive-bombing for about a mile straight down, then whoosh! Wings out, grab an air current like a pit bull, and hang on for the ride of your life. God, nothing is better, more fun, more exciting.
Okay, we were mutant freaks, we were on the lam, but man, flying--well, there's a reason people always dream about it.
"Oh, my gosh!" the Gasman said excitedly. He pointed. "A UFO!"
I silently counted to ten. There was nothing where the Gasman had pointed. As usual. "That was funny the first fifty times, Gazzy," I said. "It's getting old."
He cackled, several wingspans away from me. There's nothing like an eight-year-old's sense of humor.
"Max? How long till we get to DC?" asked Nudge, pulling up closer to me. She looked tired--we'd had one long, ugly day. Well, another long, ugly day in a whole series of long, ugly days. If I ever actually had a good, easy day, I'd probably freak out.
"Another hour? Hour and a half?" I guessed.
Nudge didn't say anything. I cast a quick glance at the rest of my flock. Fang, Iggy, and I were holding steady, but we had mucho de stamina. I mean, the younger set also had stamina, especially compared to dinky little nonmutant humans. But even they gave out eventually.
Here's the deal--for anybody new on this trip. There are six of us: Angel, who's six; Gasman, age eight; Iggy, who's fourteen, and blind; Nudge, eleven; Fang and me (Max), we're fourteen too. We escaped from the lab where we were raised, were given wings and other assorted powers. They want us back--badly. But we're not going back. Ever.