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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel [Hardcover]

James Patterson
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April 11 2005 Maximum Ride (Book 1)
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 experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. 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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Themes from Patterson's popular adult titles When the Wind Blows and The Lake House waft through this YA thriller, the author's first in the genre. Wood stars as Maximum Ride, 14-year-old leader of a band of kids who have escaped the lab where they were bred as 98% human and 2% bird (wings being a key component) and developed a variety of other-worldly talents. In Patterson's unusual universe, Max and her young cohorts are soon forced to rescue one of their own—a girl named Angel—from a pack of mutant wolf-humans called Erasers. Wood nails Patterson's often adult-beyond-their-years dialogue with a jaded tone. But the result of this pairing makes Max sound more off-putting than cool or intriguing. The listening experience is stalled in the starting gate, keeping the action-adventure earthbound rather than high-flying. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
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Grade 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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Ever Read March 11 2008
By Beka
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a teenager, I always look for a book that has a bit of everything: romance(just a bit), action, adventure, suspense, and mystery. And Maximum Ride had everything I was looking for, without being too overwhelming.
In summary, the story is about a group of six kids who can fly, and all have amazing abilities that they discover. There's Max, fourteen, the oldest, and the leader,Fang, only four months younger, Iggy, six months younger, and also fourteen, and then there's Nudge, eleven, Gazzy, who's eight, and Angel, who's only six.
Then Angel is kidnapped, and their once-peaceful world is turned upside down- again. So Max and the rest of the "Flock" must go and rescue her from the horrible place they had once fled...facing questions like: Will I survive to see tommorow? Will I ever be normal? What the heck is NORMAL like?
James Patterson weaves a splendid tale of growing up and what family really means, and leaves a satisfying ending open for the next book.
It's full of wit, humour, and lots of kick-butt action. I'd recommend this book for ages eleven and up.
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By Sharry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Humans and animals -' what''s with our overwhelming desire to transcend the inter-species boundary and see what we get? A pig-snake? A snake-pig? An unethical mess?

Max Ride and her crew are scientific success stories. With a retractable package of wings, hawk vision and other powers, they could pretty much go and do whatever they like. But the baby-stealing mad scientists of the book would rather shock them to test their reaction time, run them to exhaustion to test their stamina and, oh yes, keep them sleep deprived and antsy by sending other genetically modified dog-people with no morals after them. The relentless march of visionaries!

At the same time this is all happening, Max, the oldest of the gang, tries to fill that missing void in their lives -' family. A place to put trust and love. Who can they trust in this world? Good looking people with honey sweet voices? White coats with curious, unfeeling eyes and syringes? What starts out as a rescue mission slowly becomes a quest to discover the truth of their birth, a quest to figuring out why they were made, heck, a quest to find real homemade cookies. It''s that ultimate need to belong. To be able to crash on the couch and watch after school TV programs, receive a goodnight''s kiss from a loved one -' to be accepted. But someone with wings can only be a flying freak show, right?

In this novel we have a glimpse of this on-the-run lifestyle from inside Max''s mind the most. She must make difficult decisions that could lead the others -' her family '- into danger and worse. Not only does she have to be on constant alert for very large dog-like mutants with bad breath and smug one-liners, she has to think of basic survival necessities -' which dumpster has food that''s still relatively fresh?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh. It's Readable. Dec 16 2010
Format:Paperback
I read this book because I knew people who were fans of it, and because i'd read James Patterson's adult books, and some of them were pretty good. However, this book was slightly disappointing to me. It didn't have the grip that a lot of books do, or that it should've, and I found it ran on in places. It somethimes felt that he'd dumbed down some of his speech and made his characters seem very immature just to make it readable for teens, which, as a teen, I found insulting. It wasn't super interesting, but worth getting through. If you make it to the end, the last quarter of the book was fairly good, and the second book was a vast improvement over this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever! July 2 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Maximum RIde is a very good book about six kids,Max Fang and Iggy are 14 Nudge is 11 the Gasman is 8 and Angel is 6,who can fly. They were kept in cages until Jeb, a whitecoat, kidnaped them and looked after them for 2 years. Until Jeb mistiriosly vanishes so the Flock is by them selfs for the next 2 years. One day Erasers,half humman half wolfs, kidnap Angel... Thats when the story begins.
This book was the best book i have ever read. I encourage others to read it too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Maximum Ride Story -Part 1 April 18 2006
Format:Hardcover
Maximum ride is a story of its own. It's a story about 6 young kids all under the age of 14 trying to survive on their own. Max, also known as Maximum Ride, is the leader of them bunch. Max, 14, who is also the oldest, has a mission in life, which she does not know about at the beginning. She must save the world. Meanwhile, the other kids -which are known to her as family are Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6- have a mission as well. To find their parents. But there is one problem. These kids aren't just normal you and me kids, but are 98% human and 2% bird... which means they can fly. The have the ability to fly. There are also another type of species known as erasers, which are part-human, part-wolf. These beasts are on the evil side of the kids, but the kids have one advantage. They can fly and the erasers can't. At the beginning of the book, while the kids go for a stroll, Angel, the youngest of the flock gets captured by some erasers, and gets taken back to "the school". The school is where the kids became mutant. The kids, which do not know, were handed from their parents to the school to become mutant when they were babies.The group of kids quickly go and find the school with obstacles of their own to look after as well. Finally, they get Angel and go to Manhattan to another "School" called the institute. Where they have all little children, becoming mutant held hostage. They free the kids, blow up the intstitue and go lok for their parents. Unfortunately, Max does not have any information about her parents... what will happen next? Read the book and find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
Great series, love James Patterson novels. You will be so caught up in this book you'll almost feel as though the characters are real.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let-down
I made a horrible mistake - I went into this book with some expectations.

First, I thought "James Patterson wrote this. He's not some new unknown writer. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series
I read this as am giving the series to my granddaughter who is 11 years old. She will love these books - I did!
Published 21 months ago by Dianne Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
This book is one of my favourite! I am definitely going to buy the whole serie! James Patterson is perfection!
Published 22 months ago by Jennifer Dubé-Andoh
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Ride
I thought this book was really good, i liked how it was a constant adventure and that the characters explored even after the main problem was solved
Published on Aug. 14 2012 by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Another super book by Patterson!
I have a few of Patterson's books and this series is way out there. 6 kids that can fly - cool. They have a few different powers that have not all been discovered yet. Read more
Published on May 1 2011 by Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fantasy
I absolutly love Maximum Ride. It is my all time favorite. I love Max's sarcasme and how she has feelings she refuses to admit! Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2007 by Jac
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best!
I have read MANY of James Patterson's books and i am a huge fan of his style of writing, this book however just became my all-time favorite! Read more
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