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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson

MAXIMUM RIDE

The Angel Experiment

By James Patterson

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: April 11th, 2005
ISBN: 0-316-15556-X
Publisher: Little, Brown

Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish. Fourteen-year-old Max (full name Maximum Ride) and her “flock” have escaped from a horrific School that kept them in cages and tortured them in the name of scientific research. Max and her flock are genetic experiments: 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, they’re super-powerful—and can fly. “Erasers” (violent genetic combinations of men and wolves) pursue them at every turn. Crossing the country first to save their youngest from the School’s scientific sadists and then track down their histories (were they born from parents or test tubes?), they wind up in New York City’s sewers. Max develops shattering headaches and a Voice in her head that crashes nearby computers and tells her to save the world. Is it a friend or the flock’s betrayer? Short chapters and paragraphs are smoothly accessible; Max’s easy-to-read voice alternates between immediate and sardonic. The ending reveals frustratingly few answers, leaving layers of mystery for the sequel. Speed, suspense, excitement. (Science fiction. YA)