Maximum Ride is a series of five young adult science fiction/fantasy books, written by the award-winning American author James Patterson. The series chronicles the lives of six human/avian fugitives. Bred in a science lab called "The School", the Flock endured scientific experiments that... read more
The first book in James Patterson's Maximum Ride series focuses around the rescue of Angel, the youngest member of the Flock. The Flock is safe in the mountains until the day a pack of Erasers, cruel and bloodthirsty, half-wolf half-men, appear out of nowhere and kidnap Angel. The Flock must... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The first book in James Patterson's Maximum Ride series focuses around the rescue of Angel, the youngest member of the Flock. The Flock is safe in the mountains until the day a pack of Erasers, cruel and bloodthirsty, half-wolf half-men, appear out of nowhere and kidnap Angel. The Flock must return to the dreaded School, a horrifying place that holds terrible memories of their past, to rescue Angel. Max is deeply confused when she finds out that Jeb Batchelder, the kindhearted, parental figure who looked after them and rescued them from the school, has reappeared on the bad side, and that Ari, Jeb Batchelder's son, has become an Eraser. While Max is thrown into struggles of looking after all of her Flock, saving Angel from the evil clutches of the white-coats, and realizing how complicated love can be, she is trying to figure out why she has a mysterious voice inside her head that no one else can hear, one that is telling her that her mission is to save the world...
After being reunited with Angel and adding a Scottish Terrier named Total to their group, the Flock heads off to look for their parents through papers they found in an underground lab called the Institute for Higher Living. Max is still reeling from Jeb's enigmatic scream over his dying son that Ari was her brother - does this mean Jeb may be her father? Or is it just another "test" designed to confuse her even more? On the way they run into flying Erasers (with patched on wings), which one turns out the be back-from-the-dead Ari, who leaves Fang fighting for his life. What they didn't expect was to get enrolled into a real school with teachers, students, and classes. And to find a motherly figure after all these years. Along with Total developing into a talking dog, which, of course, just adds to all the strange things happening to them. But all the people surrounding the Flock may not be who they claim. The principal is evil and works for the Institute and in school after Max spots Fang kissing a red-haired girl (who Max calls The Red Haired Wonder), she now is jealous while also being kidnapped and replaced by a clone Max that looks just like her but acts really differently, a fight will leave only one Max standing as Jeb makes it clear that there can be only one Max.
In the third installment, Max is faced with the task of saving the world from the Itex corporation and the evil Director - the company behind the School - who want to terminate all recombinant species and cut the population of earth by half. While all this is happening Fang is trying to persuade Max to find a permanent home where they can just live. The Erasers were some of the first to be destroyed and have been replaced with new threat of Flyboys (robotic-like Erasers that can fly). Further issues arise when Max invites Ari - the single remaining Eraser- to join the group, leaving Fang and half of the Flock to split off in protest, with Max the leader of one group, Angel, Nudge, and Ari, and Fang the leader of the second, Iggy and The Gasman. But then Ari dies, and, with all the other crazy things happening, Max finally finds out who her parents are, which turns out to be a good thing and a bad thing.
With the help of Max's newly found mom and dad, the Flock is taken to Antarctica, where a scientific team requires their assistance. But danger finds the Flock in the remote location, and they must fight when they find an international organization, led by the Uber Director, who Max calls UD, attempting to use them for evil by auctioning them off to evil leader of foreign countries to be used as weapons and mercenary. Total meets the love of his life, Akila the malamute, while he has grown wings. Fang kisses Max a couple of times and Max starts to notice that they are meant for each other even though she doesn't want to admit it.
The Flock have barely recovered from their Antarctica adventure before they are pulled into another one. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and something—or someone—is destroying hundreds of ships. The government enlists their help to find out the cause after being unable to themselves. While the Flock is undertaking the task, a criminal mastermind is tracking their every move. Then, Max's mother is kidnapped and is being held in an underground submarine. They must try to save the ocean, Max's mother, and protect themselves from the criminal mastermind's own ideas for them. During the struggles, Fang and Max's relationship is stronger, and Max feels that she loves Fang. The story was originally supposed to be titled, "Maximum Ride: Waterwings."
Being a teen with wings—constantly on the run—has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the Flock makes her fear the worst. Then, a cryptic message from a young girl arrives, warning them "The sky will fall." And as if an impending apocalypse weren't bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max's soul mate: Fang will be the first to die.Angel is never wrong. Max's desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the flock weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?
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