Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 11, 2005)
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 percent human, 2 percent 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.
I love this book! It's the first in the Maximum Ride series! It details 6 kids lives as they try to save Angel, the youngest of the gang. Poor kids, right? Not so much! These kids can fly! I don't mean levitate...I mean fly like an eagle! Lucky them! I wish I could fly with my own set of wings! True to James Patterson's style, it is a fast read that you don't want to put down! Max is your typical know-it-all teenage girl who is the leader of the "flock" as they call themselves. Fang is the second in charge, and Max's best friend. Iggy is blind, but his other senses are phenomenal. Nudge is the next girl down and very girly, not like Max who is a tomboy. The Gasman is aptly named because of his flatulence problems that can clear a room! Angel is the baby who is kidnapped by the School's scientists. Angel is not your average kid either, though. She is telepathic, which by the way, would be way cool if I could read my students' minds! I was introduced to this book after reading James Patterson's other two books that were the inspiration for this series. It's action-packed with a message about what could happen if people (scientists, megalomaniacs, etc.) play with DNA more than they already do, and the consequences/ethics that come with them. Definitely give it 3 thumbs up (an extra one for good measure)!
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