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Maximum Ride

The Angel Experiment

By James Patterson

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 09 March 2006
WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE Do not put this book down. I'm dead serious - your life could depend on it. I'm risking everything by telling you - but you need to know. STRAP YOURSELF IN for the thrill ride you'll want to take again and again! From Death Valley, California, to the bowels of the New York City subway system, you're about to take off on a heart-stopping adventure that will blow you away...YOUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS: Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman and Angel. Six kids who are pretty normal in most ways - except that they're 98% human, 2% bird. They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they're free. Aside, of course, from the fact that they're prime prey for Erasers - wicked wolf-like creatures with a taste for flying humans. THE MISSIONS: Rescue Angel from malicious mutants. Infiltrate a secret facility to track down the flock's missing parents. Scavenge for sustenance. Get revenge on an evil traitor. And save the world. If there's time.

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Thriller-writing sensation JAMES PATTERSON invites you on a quest full of non-stop action, adrenalin, mystery and suspense. Want to come along for the ride?

About the Author

James Patterson lives in Florida and New York. His previous international number one bestsellers include Cat and Mouse", When the Wind Blows", Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas", The Lake House" and The Big Bad Wolf". Kiss the Girls" was made into a number one hit film, and the film version of Along Came a Spider" is currently out on video.


Thriller writer Patterson takes characters that first appeared in his adult novels When the Wind Blows and its sequel, The Lake House, and places them in an overblown, nearly incomprehensible story pitched at young adults. Max (aka Maximum Ride), the 14-year-old girl from both of the aforementioned novels, leads a band of mutant orphans hiding from the sinister scientists at "the School," who grafted avian DNA onto their genes, giving them wings (plot points established in When the Wind Blows). When the School's henchmen-"Erasers," "half-men, half-wolves" (one of whom is their rescuer Jeb's seven-year-old son)-kidnap six-year-old Angel, the youngest member of "the flock," Max and company will stop at nothing to rescue her. Well, nothing except to aid a stranger, bond with some real birds, eat lunch and take lengthy naps. The often violent hunt-and-chase plot resembles that of a Saturday morning superhero cartoon. The point of view shifts jerkily before settling into Max's first-person narration, which is self-deprecating but never sounds like a real teen's voice, and the novel is strewn with mutations of nouns-turned-adjectives ("tunnel-visiony," "antisepticky," even "Robin Hoodsy"). Loose ends abound but presumably the sequel, scheduled for 2006, will reveal the identity of the evil "whitecoats" and their motives as well as who owns the Voice speaking inside Max's head. The Patterson name will attract readers; but his fans may be disappointed that this tale never takes flight. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'This skilled and compulsive tale is so involved about kids being brave against the odds' The Sunday Times, 3/7/05 -- The Sunday Times 20050703 'MAXIMUM RIDE is a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy adventure that children will love' Age, Melbourne 4/6/05 -- Age, Melbourne 20050604 '[MAXIMUM RIDE has] enough action to draw in the most hesitant reader' The Australian -- The Australian 20050604 'Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish! Speed, suspense, excitement' Kirkus Reviews -- Kirkus Reviews 20050604 '[Patterson] delivers an action-packed cross between Gertrude Chandler Warner's Boxcar Children and Marvel Comics' X-Men' Booklist -- Booklist 20050604 'The first in a series from adult-thriller writer Patterson has all the characteristics of his work for grown-ups: pace, action, mystery and cool... sharp and punchy with plenty of jokes and shocks. And it proves that girls can be tough, too.' -- The Sunday Times 20050703

Gr 7 Up-A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted family-Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6-were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot. 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. This novel is reminiscent of David Lubar's Hidden Talents (Tor, 1999) and Ann Halam's Dr. Franklin's Island (Random, 2002).-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780755321940
ISBN: 0755321944
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.3 x 3.1 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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6 review(s)
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Ashleigh on
This is a book for those children who read at an almost adult level, but obviously are too young for anything with actual adult content. Maximum Ride is basically about a bunch of kids, varying in ages, that have been experimented on by some covert government agency, and now have approximately 2% Bird Genes in them. This causes them to have wings, so that they can fly. They have escaped this facility, but are still being hunted down by their former captors. The main character is a girl named Max who puts huge importance on her family, this mismatched bunch of kids. When some are captured, Max puts all of her energy and heart into getting her family back together again. Lot's of plot twists and turns, a great adventure book for teens. As someone who worked in book stores for nearly four years, let me say, this book got a lot of kids into reading when before they weren't bothered. Remember, this ISN'T an adult read, and so lacks more of the complicated character development you'd expect in one.
Customer on
I love this series!! One of my favourites now. When starting this book, I thought I would be disappointed as there is an authors note at the start saying that When the Wind Blows and The Lake House inspired this series and was also about a girl named Max who could fly, but they were not the same girl and it wasnt the same story. Id read these books and loved them and thought these new ones wouldnt live up to my expectations - also, the character names put me off, I thought it would get annoying reading studid names like "The Gasman" and "Nudge" for three books.
However, that wasnt even an issue and I still loved these books. Thinking back on it I realise the plot is a little disjointed, but again that doesnt really affect them in a bad way. James Patterson is apparently a genius when it comes to distracting us from any flaws there might be in the book with funny lines and thought-provoking situations the characters deal with.
He is also the writer of Womens Murder Club.
Customer on
I really like all the James Patterson books and this one was no exception. I found it to be a real page turner and enjoyed the new characters in these Maximum Ride books. I recommend them to all James Patterson fans.
Karina on
I enjoy James Pattersons novels and I even enjoy adolescent books, but for me there were too many borrowed idea's from other authors and the characters didn't grab me as I would have liked. This book was a disappointment to me I'm afraid to say.
Tessa on
Max is a bird child she lived her entire life in s laboratory where she and the other bird children were created as an experiment. But MAx is restless and she knows that she and the others don't belong in the lab which is jsut a glorified prison. Rather silly story not terrible just a bit self important.
matt on
I can't remember why i bought this book. fatal mistake. Sure, it's targetted at the "young adult" group (whatever that means) but even to that group of people it must be pretty lame. The characters names are lame, the story line leaves a lot to the imagination and it feels like parts of the book have been recycled over and over. How many times must we read about these kids eating. Yeah, this book weighs in at 400 or so pages but it took just a few shorts days to read. The ending, obviously set up for a sequel, is boring at best. Give this one a miss.

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