Maximum Ride. She's a girl. Great name, don't you think? She chose it herself:
'Like Sally Ride, the astronaut. Maximum Ride.'
Did I say girl?..sort of. Let's ask Max:
Basically, we're pretty cool, nice, smart - but not 'average' in any way. The six of us - me, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel - were made on purpose, by the sickest, most horrible 'scientists' you could possibly imagine. They created us as an experiment. An experiment where we ended up only 98% human. That other 2% has had a big impact, let me tell you.
They're bird kids. They've got wings. They can fly. And other stuff too.
And they've got enemies. There was another experiment that made it past infancy:
Part human, part wolf - all predator: they're called Erasers. They're tough, smart, and hard to control. They look human, but when they want to, they are capable of morphing into wolf men, complete with fur, fangs, and claws.
And guess what:
Basically, they want to rip our throats out. And make sure the world never finds out about us.
So it's down to Max. She's the oldest. She's the leader. She protects the flock. And she's dynamite, especially when her 'baby' Angel is kidnapped by Erasers. Nothing is going to stop her, except possibly the rest of the flock when they sample her driving:
I was sweating and about to jump out of my skin with anxiety about driving, but I tried to look way confident and calm. 'I mean, it's not as good as flying, but it beats the heck out of walking!'
I smiled bravely over at Fang to see him giving me a steady look. 'What?'
'Could you take it easy on the hairpin turns?' he said.
'I'm getting better,' I said. 'I just had to practice.'
'I didn't know a van could go up on two wheels like that,' Nudge said. 'For so long.'
Super-fast action, six brilliant bird-kid heroes. They're a team. Max tells the story in her own words. She's funny, tense and quick witted. Superb, tight writing. I was enthralled by this book. Couldn't put it down. Put your life on hold while you read this book.
Olivia , girl, age 11, from Mesa, Az, United States, on 13th February 2009. Rating:
I relly Relly liked this book. And in my opinion, Having Fang and max a "thing" made things more "family ife" like they always were hanging out. It was nice. He did a GREAT job. My rating: *******************************(ex)haha lol
Alinta, girl, age 13, from Sydney, Australia, on 7th June 2008. Rating: 7/10
Like many others, I was drawn in by its elegant - but not gaunty - cover and it's number one status on the 'New York Times Bestseller' list. Although, I've never particularly liked science fiction books; my knowledge of them ends at about Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but to my surprise I found it fun and easy to read - getting straight into the plot after introduction - a nice break from that hefty mouthful, 'the Lord of the Rings'. It was designed like a movie with very short chapters and slang, which told me it headed towards a younger range audience. The first person writing for, which is often good for explaining how the character is feeling, made it personal, the lead character Max However, the book has a few loose-tied ends that need to be wounded up. Some of the scenarios seem a bit unlikely, and haven't been explained in future books. Like, the youngest, Angel, had at least three or for 'powers' all of a sudden whereas her brother seemingly had none. Also, at some points I found it slipping into Fantasy too much; for example, the powers themselves. They never seemed mutate in a way that harmed or got in the way of the flock. Patterson needs to keep in mind that just because he's writing for a younger audience doesn't mean the rules go flying out the window,
Lauren, girl, age 13, from Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom, on 4th May 2008. Rating: 10/10
I love this book and the other three. They aren't like other books where there is just one turn but it just has one twist and then another ect. It is also good that they are making a movie that is combining all of them. Though they should do a movie per book. The Maximum Ride series is one of my favorite and I am a very picky reader, I am just waiting for the next book to come out.
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Brilliant! I just didn't want this book to end. So it's good news that the story carries on. Three books in all. Read them in order. They don't stand alone:
What else might you like? It's a combination of unlikely magic, real people, real action adventure and real romance. So have a look at this superb trilogy by Garth Nix:
And this compelling series by Philip Reeve: