The Final Warning (Maximum Ride Series #4)
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The Final Warning (Maximum Ride Series #4)

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by James Patterson

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of "Flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true--except that they're still being hunted by new threats at every turn.

This time, the

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of "Flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true--except that they're still being hunted by new threats at every turn.

This time, the US government wants to keep the Flock under observation, offering a safe haven and schooling in return. But after their incredible adventures in books 1-3, Max and Flock have grown to love freedom- -after all, haven't grown-ups always found a way to ruin their lives? After escaping the control of the feds, they are surprised to find themselves allied with a group of environmental scientists who just might be trustworthy. Besides, what enemy could find them in one of the remotest locations on earth--Antarctica--on an expedition studying the effects of global warming up close?

There is one: The Uber-Director--literally, brains on a stick--an evil being who has developed mechanical soldiers far more frightening than Erasers. Their quest? To retrieve the Flock and sell them in a global auction for billions of dollars. Will the Uber-Director nab them before Max, Fang and the flock succumb to the dangers of the harsh Antarctic wilderness? Kids, parents and educators tuned into the issue of global warming will find this latest episode of the blockbuster Maximum Ride series not only a particularly riveting adventure beyond their wildest dreams, but also a motivating cautionary tale about a real-life peril that may affect theirown future.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
"Jump on board this MAXIMUM RIDE...Fights and flights are non-stop."
London Times
The Angel Experiment:
"BOOK OF THE WEEK...Pace, action, mystery, and cool."
School's Out--Forever:
"A breathless adventure...full of action, swooping flights and fierce fights--a sure bet for the movies."
London Times
The Angel Experiment:
"BOOK OF THE WEEK...Pace, action, mystery, and cool."
Virginian Pilot
"A never-ending series of twists and action."
Free Lance-Star (VA)
"The Maximum Ride series is top-flight."
From the Publisher
"Adrenaline galore...action-packed chapters end breathlessly, with twists at every turn."—Kirkus Reviews

"A never-ending series of twists and action."—Virginian Pilot

"The Maximum Ride series is top-flight."—Free Lance-Star (VA)

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Maximum Ride Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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The Final Warning

By James Patterson Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2008 James Patterson All right reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-316-00286-8

Chapter One


Windsor State Forest, Massachusetts


The soldiers' armor made an odd hissing noise. But besides the slight sound of metal plates sliding smoothly, flawlessly over one another, the troop was unnaturally quiet as it moved through the woods, getting closer to the prey.

The faintest of beeps caused the team leader to glance down at his wrist screen. Large red letters scrolled across it: ATTACK IN 12 SECONDS ... 11 ... 10 ...

The team leader tapped a button, and the screen's image changed: a tall, thin girl with dirt smears on her face and a tangle of brown hair, glaring out at him. TARGET 1 was superimposed on her face.

... 9 ... 8 ...

His wrist screen beeped again, and the image changed to that of a dark-haired, dark-eyed, scowling boy. TARGET 2.

And so on, the image changing every half second, ending finally with a portrait of a small, scruffy black dog looking at the camera in surprise.

The team leader didn't understand why Target 7 was an animal. He didn't need to understand. All he needed to know was that these targets were slated for capture.

... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

The leader emitted a whistle pitched so high that only his team members could hear it. Hemotioned toward the small run-down cabin they had surrounded in the woods.

Synchronized perfectly, as only machines can be, the eight team members shouldered eight portable rocket launchers and aimed them straight at the cabin. With a whoosh, eight large nets made of woven Kevlar strands shot out from the cannons and unfolded with geometric precision in midair, encasing the cabin almost entirely.

The team leader smiled in triumph.


"THE PREY HAVE BEEN CAPTURED, SIR," the team leader said in a monotone. Pride was not tolerated in this organization.

"Why do you say that?" the Uber-Director asked in a silky tone.

"The cabin has been secured."

"No. Not quite," said the Uber-Director, who was little more than a human head attached by means of an artificial spinal column to a series of Plexiglas boxes. The bioengine that controlled the airflow over his vocal cords allowed him to sigh, and he did. "The chimney. The skylight."

The team leader frowned. "The chimney would be impossible to climb," he said, accessing his internal encyclopedia. Photographs of the prey scrolled quickly across the team leader's screen. Suddenly an important detail caught his attention, and he froze.

In the corner of one of the photographs, a large feathered wing was visible. The team leader tracked it, zooming in on just that section of the image. The wing appeared to be attached to the prey.

The prey could fly.

He had left routes of escape open.

He had failed!

The Uber-Director closed his eyes, sending a thought signal to the nanoprocessors implanted in his brain. He opened his eyes in time to see the team leader and his troop vaporize with a crackling, sparking fizzle. All that was left of them was a nose-wrinkling odor of charred flesh and machine oil.


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The Final Warning (Maximum Ride Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1477 reviews.
A_girl_with_a_story More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the first three books of this series, and when I heard there was a fourth book coming out I was super excited! I got it the day it came out, read it, and haven't touched it since. The first three books were very well written, and very funny. Max is a hilarious character! The action was pretty good and it was a good story line. The third one was a little weird, there were so many plot twists, but I still liked it. However, this fourth one was just disappointing. I mean, global warming is a great cause and all, but is this just going to become yet ANOTHER "don't pollute!" and "save the environment!" things? I mean, is this why the flock was created is to stop global warming?...I wasn't really too impressed by this book. I've seen how this author can write, and if he's out of ideas then just STOP writing and don't ruin a great series. I think you should leave global warming and (in this case) maximum ride apart. If James Patterson thinks we should be more aware of global warming, then he can write a book about global warming that people can read if they want to. But for us Maximum Ride fans, we just want the witty, action packed stories we fell in love with in the first three books.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
this series is my *pause for dramatic effect* NEW FAVORITE. its even better then twilight - I'm not even kidding. saying it's my favorite is a big step for me - LOL - because before i read twilight i had many MANY favorites but twilight quickly jumped to the #1 spot in the "books i've read" reading list i keep up in my head. i had no doubt that it was going to stay there in the #1 spot for a long long long long long time - if not forever. but then came the maximum ride series and as i read it i mentally made it climb the list of books until it bumped twilight right down to numero dos. this book is very interesting, exciting, and unpredictable. i think the part i loved the most is the writing style. even if the situation they were in was the worst they had faced yet, james patterson managed to make me laugh (out loud) at the funny things that the members of the flock said. i was so into the story as i was reading it was unbelievable. i loved how it was written in max point of veiw and how the reader wasn't part of the story but wasn't out of it either. it grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn't let go. it was about adventure and misunderstanding and confusion and mystery and near death fights and high speed chases and flying. and its about them realizing that family is the most important - even when your family consits of 5 mutant bird kids. i recommend the rest of this series ( i havn't read MAX yet but im sure it will be great) and also the host if you like science fiction. if you can't find anything to read then check out my b&n page for more books that i recommend :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will try to say this without ruining the rest of the series... I have read the entire Maximum Ride series at least 879,463,684 times. I have always felt this book didn't belong. It doesn't fully connect with the rest of the series. Sure there are comments and remarks and memories about what happened in here but thats it. I feel given my expertise in this series is that you could read the entire Maximum Ride series except this book and still fully understand everything. James Patterson, i love u man and i m a HUGE fan, but i feel this is one of your lesser works. Sure this still feels like a Maxium Ride adventure. Twists and turns, plot twists, and excitment at mostly every turn. And the occasional emotional scene. But still... Why write this how u did or at all? I just don't quite understand. I m not saying "don't read this book, it's not worth my time." This book is still a great read. It will still keep you guessing what will happen next. Butkeep this review in mind. Fly on, -Fang Just kidding ;-)
eBook-Junkie More than 1 year ago
I got the first book as a free download and then I was captured, trapped, just had to continue the story. It flows very well and then I bought the set for my son and he couldn't wait until the next book. We hear that there is another book coming out can't wait. I would recommend the whole series for young teens and adults as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After how AMAZING the rest of the series was, I couldn't believe this book. It was one of the worst books I've read in a long time. The plot was ill-formed and the sole purpose was to blatantly discuss global warning by exploiting characters we love. If you liked the rest of the series, leave it at that and don't let this book ruin it for you.
KnightRider More than 1 year ago
I appreciate James Patterson proclaiming the issues of global warming...but I was expected the book to have more in it. I thought there was going to be some great romance between Fang and Max, but there wasn't. I also thought the book was going to be longer and explain more. Maybe the next book in the series will be better than this one.
keladry32 More than 1 year ago
The plot was weak and barely had any relevance to the other three books. I don't know why the characters were in Antarctica. James Patterson put way too much of his political views into this book instead of his usual creative twists and turns. I was very disappointed. The books seem to get worse and worse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I read the Angel Experiment, I've been totally addicted to the series. I waited in anticipation for this book but it proved to be a huge disapointment. The first three books were written very well and had a great plot, but this one felt like it was rushed and written as an after thought. James Patterson is an amazing author but it seemed like he gave up at the end. I think this was supposed to be the last book in the series, but it left far too many loose ends. Hopefully Patterson will write another book to redeem this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book but it cahnged a lot it was different xfrom the other ones i see that James Patterson is trying to teach us about globle warning and how important it is but if i wanted to know about it I would go to school and ask my teacher over all I LOVED IT...HUGE FAN LOVE THE BOOKS!!!
bookdancer7 More than 1 year ago
this one was the first book i read in the max ride series. i didn't realize it was the 4th one. my friend finally told me. i thought this one was the worst in the series. no action and global warning. boring. fang ditches max after she runs away(again). i hated it
Snap228 More than 1 year ago
I've generally enjoyed the Maximum Ride series, despite the fact that they all seem to read exactly the same, each lacking its own individual plot. They're enjoyable and engaging, all the same. This last book, however, dropped the bar completely. I felt trapped in to reading propaganda about the environment, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the previous books. Patterson attempts to wrap up the series with this book, and does a horrible job of it. In fact, he's already released yet ANOTHER book in the series. Some series should just end.
takumithefox More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first three maximum ride books, but this one was by far the worst book. It was REALLY bad. It had nothing to do with the plot of the other books and had horrible villains. It was only about global warming and was just an all-around bad book
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I got this book, I was so excited and expecting it to be like the three other books in the series, but it was a huge disappointment. Max and Fang kiss near the beginning, and then there is no other mention of their romance. Why mention it if it isn't going to be expanded on? Also, the book was way too pushy and preachy about global warming. I know it's a problem, but making the plot all about that lost the integrity of the series and lost my interest. Even the characters seemed like they weren't true to the way they were in the series previous books. Hopefully, book 5 is better but really don't waste your time or money on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright, don't get me wrong: I love Maximum Ride. It has been one of my favorite book series for quite a while, and my hopes were high for the fourth book. What I got was nothing short of disappointment. The characters didn't act like themselves, there was no concrete plot, the writing lacked its usual humor, and it moved at an unbearably slow pace. Maximum Ride used to be all about the action and sarcasm. Action was scarce in this one. I used to laugh out loud at Max's usually sarcastic wit, but this time, it just bordered on immature. The Fang and Max love conflict was never resolved, leaving the reader to guess what happened. Some of the subplots were highly unrealistic, even for a sci-fi book. The characters were caught in such human situations that it began to lack the excitement of reading a fantasy novel about amazing bird kids. And the flock kept gaining new abilities that never even helped them they were pointless ways to make the plot seem more interesting. I also hated that the plot switched from good guys fighting the bad guys to good and bad guys fighting global warming. The characters would randomly break out in statistics to inform the reader of global warming. ('Did you know that fifty-five percent of...,' said Fang.) It could have still been an action, sci-fi, childrens/teen book without feeling like you're watching An Inconvenient Truth. Don't get me wrong, I'm against global warming, but come on guys: there are better ways to inform the world. But the one thing that was the most disappointing of all was that it didn't even feel like Maximum Ride. Patterson has surely let me and tons of fans down. We were looking forward to a page turner, and what we got was a sellout. It doesn't even read like James Patterson wrote it. Sorry, Patterson, but this was one of the worst books I've ever read. If I hadn't read the other three books in the series, I wouldn't have even finished this one, let alone buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It does show progression between Max and Fang and those who didn't capture it, well have little patience and live in the now generation. Anyhow, many complain the book was short perhaps because it was such as good read. I couldn't put the book down but did find growth in the flock, relationship progression and a quest. Max and Fang display typical adolescent inner struggles among other qualities. I really like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book in a good darn sieries that I keep tring to put down and cant cause its a thrill and this edition is good but it kindeve lags a bit from the other books but more to the thrilling ride of maximum ride SO STAY ON THIS RIDE AND BE AMAZED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg so ausome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most reviews are saying it wasnt good but I disagree. This book was just as good as the others maybe even better. The only "con" it has is that its shorter than the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maximum Rise keeps suprising me! Wonderful series, humorus, and addicting. I'm about to read Book 4, and I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good not as good as the others i think but still really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book. Great story all the way to the end. Action packed to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it cant get enough of maximum ride with all th amazing characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. I love the whole maximum ride series. In this one. The flyboys are gone replaced by new robots and surprises. Full of suspence, max and the flock come across traitors and friends,but sometimesits hard to decide which is which. Plus will max and fang find out how hey feel aout eachother!?