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#1 New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
An ALA/VOYA "Teens' Top Ten" Pick
A VOYA Review Editor's Choice
A New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age" Selection
A Book Sense Summer 2007 Children's Pick
A KLIATT Editors' Choice
A Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year for MAX
"A breathless adventure...full of action, swooping flights and fierce fights--a sure bet for the movies."KLIATT
"Jump on board this MAXIMUM RIDE...Fights and flights are non-stop."USA Today
THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT:
"BOOK OF THE WEEK...Pace, action, mystery, and cool."London Times
VOYA - Rebecca Moreland
Saving the World rounds out the series with its trademark frantic pace and twisted realities. Although it is the third installment, those who have not read the previous two books will find it easy to catch up and become hooked. By its conclusion, the plot has twisted and turned many times over itself, yet surprisingly it comes out virtually unraveled. The ending is satisfying, leaving just enough questions to cause the reader to wish for more.
VOYA - Jenny Ingram
The winged mutants return for a third installment in the Maximum Ride series. The group of six human-avian hybrids, along with their talking dog, are still on the run from the evil scientists of the Itex Corporation, who created them and who now want to destroy them. When Max and her crew discover that Itex has a plan to obliterate half the world's population as well as all of the early-model mutants, they are compelled to interfere. By now, they have a small network of friends whom they can trust, and Fang makes good use of his blog to recruit the children of the world to help them with their mission. Romantic tension leads Max and Fang to take separate paths-Max with the girls, who travel Europe in search of Itex headquarters, and Fang with the boys in the United States. Some surprises occur along the way when the identity of Max's parents is revealed and when her former archenemy joins the fight against Itex. This novel has more depth than the previous two books in the series. Questions of environmental damage, ethics in science, gender issues, and what it means to be human are at the center of the story. Max is very outspoken about violence and its causes, and she fights regretfully when it is necessary. The chapters are short, taut, and filled with action, keeping readers engaged. Although the conclusion feels more final than in the previous books, Patterson leaves it open for another installment.
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Buckle your seatbelts: the final book in this breathless SF adventure series about young people with wings has arrived. Max and her "flock," accompanied by a talking dog and pursued by vicious half-wolf Erasers and crazy scientists, are on the run again, trying to stop the destruction of half the world's population while the other half is turned into a scientifically engineered master race. Meanwhile, Max's relationship with Fang is turning romantic, and the voice in her head is back. It tells her that the scientists that created her and the other mutant kids are terminating their recombinant-DNA experiments, and trying to terminate their creationsand that there's a traitor in their midst. Will they ever find their parents and safety at last? Lots of action, with wisecracking commentary by Max, make this a swift and entertaining read, and fans of the series will gobble it up.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up
Six genetically altered bird-kids continue their mission to prevent the evil scientists who created them from making good on their diabolical plan to eradicate half of the world's population. Just as the flock lets down its guard, the wolflike Erasers resurface to capture the younger members, while Max takes Fang on a detour through Arizona to ask Dr. Martinez, a vet, to surgically remove the tracking chip in her arm. Former nemesis Ari returns, this time as a friend, but Fang's distrust splits the flock along gender lines as he, Iggy, and Gazzy hang out in Venice Beach, while Max, Ari, Nudge, and Angel fly to Europe to infiltrate Itex headquarters. Inside, Max learns vital information about her past, including who her parents are and who controls the "Voice" in her head. A caricatured evil scientist, Dr. Borcht, informs the recombinant-DNA experiments that their expiration date is up and Max is forced into a fight-to-the-death with Omega, the robot boy. Survival options run out as Fang attempts to mobilize armies of kids to attack all worldwide Itex labs by posting appeals on his fast-growing blog. Popular-culture references abound and readers will be drawn to Max's razor-sharp tongue, especially honed in this volume, making her an edgier heroine than in the last. The dialogue-driven story ends with minor casualties and hints at the possibility of further adventures.
Vicki ReutterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Patterson wraps up his sci-fi thriller series with consistent excitement but too few explanations. Max and her flock, human with avian genes, flee the mad scientists and seek answers. Fang starts a blog, hoping that kids around the world can help. The flock is captured again and escapes again, aided by Ari, the seven-year-old human morphed halfway into a wolf; but fears about Ari's loyalties split up the flock for the first time. The final battle takes place in Germany, where Max learns who runs the international corporation planning to reduce the earth's population through a massive genocide. The short, action-packed chapters end breathlessly, with twists at every turn; however, too many unanswered questions have been raised throughout the trilogy. Patterson clears up some mysteries-including Max's unknown parentage-but much of the drama seems manufactured expressly for page-turner effect, while the promised emotional and technological complexities fall by the wayside. Adrenaline galore, but seriously compromised by the unsatisfying wrap-up. (Science fiction. YA)