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Be there from the beginning of Max's story with this sleek and sophisticated boxed set featuring newly redesigned series covers.

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The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1)
School's Out—Forever (Maximum Ride #2)
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3)

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Overview

Be there from the beginning of Max's story with this sleek and sophisticated boxed set featuring newly redesigned series covers.

Gift set includes:

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1)
School's Out—Forever (Maximum Ride #2)
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3)

Gift set also includes a bonus teaser with an exclusive excerpt from Angel (Maximum Ride #7) and a Witch & Wizard teaser!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316128254
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Series: Maximum Ride Series
  • Edition description: Boxed Set
  • Pages: 1392
  • Sales rank: 1,409
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 4.12 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson is the author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels, Witch & Wizard, the Daniel X series, and of bestselling detective series featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. His novels have sold more than 205 million copies worldwide. In 2010 he was voted Children's Choice Award Author of the Year. He lives in Florida.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Have you ever stumbled upon a book that when you reach the end, you wish it went on and you hope there is a series because the characters are so rich you can see storyline possibilities? Well, that's how I felt about the Angel Experiment. It was tucked into the back of a book on CD I listened to on a trip and I was pleasantly surprised by it.
    Sometimes young reader stories have a watered down (dumbed down) plot or story line, but with all the twists, turns, and surprises, Patterson made sure to keep readers interested no matter what their age. Good read that I highly recommend.

    27 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    maximum ride

    i give it a 12 out of 10

    22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    the books rocks!!!

    On every page there's always another reason not to put down these books!

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    Book Review for Maximum Ride

    The Maximum Ride series, by James Patterson, caught my eye with its tastefully designed cover. I bought the first book of the series, a glossy pale-blue paperback featuring a blonde girl with wings on the cover, and soon I was engrossed.
    And it was a terrible series.
    Don't get me wrong, it's thrilling, action-packed and an incredible page-turner, but in terms of content and quality of writing, it was terrible. The plot-which revolved around a group of children who had bird DNA in their blood-was poorly developed and unoriginal. The narration was fairly entertaining, full of unsubtle puns and humour, but completely devoid of decent vocabulary and articulate expression.
    There were many plot twists, but the writer seemed incapable of pulling them off. I felt that Patterson had bitten off more than he could chew. The first few books were interesting, but the last three were a real let-down. Practically no loose ends were tied up and it just got more and more complicated-it was like an uncompleted circuit board, with all its wires loose and tangled. Furthermore, it felt as though the writer had actually tired of some of his characters. The series revolves around six children, but soon it started to feel as though the viewpoint character, Max, and her love interest Fang were the only characters Patterson could be bothered to properly develop. The other four trailed around in the background, vaguely involved in the plot. This really irritated me; I am of the opinion that Patterson should either take the effort to expand on all his characters, or get rid of them. This shilly-shallying between the two was just plain annoying.
    Lastly, I found the romance forced and unrealistic. Max and Fang were fourteen year old soul mates. Patterson described their passionate lip-locks in great and excruciating detail. I found this slightly disturbing.
    I rate this three out of five, because although it's a far cry from a literary classic, the considerable entertainment factor cannot be denied. I'd recommend this series to teenagers who have had a long day and want something enjoyable and easy to read. To literature snobs who only read the best of classics: stay away.

    14 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Anomynous

    I love maximum ride seris prequil: When the Wind Blows and the Lake House!
    I think Max and Dylan sound like a cute couple...
    But Fang and Max are just HOT!
    Dont you think? :)

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    AWESOME!!!

    it is awesome!!!!!!;)

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    amazing!

    one of the greatest series ever! james patterson has blown me away again!!!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Maximum Awesomeness Awaits

    Best series. EVER! I am totally team Fang! Why do i luv this series? Angel can control people with her mind, Gasman can.make a bomb out of a bowl of soup and a matchbox, Iggy is the blind genius planmaker, Nudge can hack any computer, Max is the leader that kicks butt, and Fang is the goth hearthrob that plays a mean harmonica! Best series ever!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    rrrrrreeeeeaaaaddd ttthhheeessseee bbookkss!!!

    THIS SERIES IS MY FFFFAAAVVVOOORRRRIIITTTEEE IN THE WWHHOOLLEEE WWWOORRLLLDDD OOOFFF BBBOOOKKKSSS!!! RRREEEAADD TTHHEEESSEE AAND IF YOU DONT LIKE THEM SSEEEE AA DDOOCCTTOORR BECAUSE IF YOU DONT LIKE THEM YOU HAVE IIISSSUUUEESS THAT NEED TO BE FFIIXXEEDD!!!

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

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    Best Book Series I've Ever Read

    I can honestly say this is the best book series I've ever read. That is saying alot because I'm a major bookworm, but these books are good for adults and kids alike. I you could marry inaminate objects, I'd marry one of the Maximum Ride books.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU READ THIS BOOK!

    First off, most people think that this series won't be good and just a plan boring story about kids running away from monsters that created them. No it follows the lives of 6 kids struggling to survive. No they did not just decide to run away from their home because they didn't like their parents. No the kids in this series don't have parents and must fight to survive. Once you read this series you will be BEGGING for more! But sadly there is only 7 books in this series and only 3 books in the box set. I know that every single time I had the chance, I bought the next book in the series. Hopefully you will love the action and the slowly building of romance between 2 certain characters. (Doesn't really show until book 5) And if you finish with the Maximum Ride series I highly recommend you reading the adult version of it. When the Wind Blows and The Lake House.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    lOVE THIS BOOKS

    I have read all 8 (I think) Max books and just love them. This are not just for teens.
    I don't think the James Patterson could write a bad book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Fun Read!

    The first three novels of this high-octane, action-adventure series had me turning pages. Max is a tough as nails protagonist with a plight that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    I ? these books

    these books are so awesome! when I first heard about them I literally ran to the book store!
    They are action packed, full of adventure and so good you have to read them your self to learn anything more oh and WHO DOESN'T LIKE MUTANT BIRD KIDS AND THEIR TALKING DOG?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    I have read all of them again and again!
    like these books check out other JP hits: Daniel X; Witch and Wizard;

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Love it!

    I just love him. [Patterson] is just a writer like many others, but many other writers do NOT have as good of stories as this man does, and do not have as many drop deas FANS like this man. Write forever James; the world needs it! Read the first two books and fell in love with it. And I write as well, so WHO do you think is my motivatipn? My inspiration?? PATTERSON! ALL THE WAY!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    XDXDXD

    WANT THIS DERIES SOOOOO BAD!!!!! THEY'RE AMAZING!!!!! TOTALLY RECOMEND!!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Maximum Ride

    This book trilagy should be made into a movie searies just like Harry Potter was.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    maximum ride review

    I really enjoyed this book I give it a 5 out of 5

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    great!

    i just love these series! james patterson is like, the best author ever!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2011

    Amazing

    These books deserve to be made into the next big motion picture! James Patterson is an amazing author and deserves to be recognized for his outstaniding writting skills! I love all of his books and hope he will come out with more!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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