Maximum Ride: Book summary and reviews of Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Maximum Ride

The Angel Experiment

By James Patterson

Maximum Ride
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2005,
    432 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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 treetops of 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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"[Patterson] delivers an action-packed cross between Gertrude Chandler Warner's Boxcar Children and Marvel Comics' X-Men." - Booklist

"The narrative alternates between Max's first-person point-of-view and that of the others in the third person, but readers don't get to know Max very well. The only major flaw is that the children sound like adults most of the time." - School Library Journal

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Raetana S.
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I thought that this book was pretty good, it was a very quick read for me, but then again, I read a lot for a 13 year old, I read this book in 1 day at Cannon Beach in Oregon. This book is good for people who like adventure and mystery. I would have to say that it`s only flaw is that some of the dialogue gets repetitive at times....anyways, James Patterson is a great author, He is one of my favorites. In fact, I am doing a project on him right now. So to recap, if you like adventure, and if you`ve ever dreamed of flying, then this is the book for you. :D

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Damaris
Great Book!!!
I LOVE this book! the series is amazing. I like all the Maximum Ride books.

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James Patterson Author Biography

After initially being turned down by twenty-six publishers, Patterson's first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number (1976), was published and went on to win the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel. However, it was not until the success of Along Came A Spider (1992) that the former chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson left to take up writing full time. 

As of 2006 it was estimated that he has sold about 130 million books worldwide.  In North America alone he sold 12 million copies in 2006.  In 2005 he had five consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling hardcovers and is the first author to simultaneously hold the #1 spot on both the New York Times adult and children's bestseller lists.

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