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Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride Series #3)

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride Series #3)

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by James Patterson

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In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang,


In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them—but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

Editorial Reviews

James Patterson's turbocharged Maximum Ride trilogy pushes into high gear in this exciting finale. The desperate struggle between the "Re-evolution" conspirators and Max and her flock has reached the point of no return. But Max, Iggy, Fang, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel must each carry on the fight without their comrades. A major adult author comes through in the clutch.
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 creations—and 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.

Kirkus Reviews
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)
From the Publisher
Raves for the MAXIMUM RIDE series:
#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


BOOK OF THE WEEK...Pace, action, mystery, and cool."—London Times

Product Details

Gale Group
Publication date:
Maximum Ride Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1229 reviews.
marisab20 More than 1 year ago
This book is better than great, its FANTASTIC!!! The first 2 books were amazing and so is this one. It only took me 4 days to read i couldnt put it down. If u havnt read the maximum ride series yet you definetly should. It is action packed with thrilling adventures that will keep you glued to the book. There are no boring parts in this like there are in some others.
Allicine More than 1 year ago
I remember, back in good 'ol 2008, when my awesome SAGE teacher told her class, me included, about a book called Maximum Ride. I listened as she described it, and built myself a mental picture of the story. I thought, Okay. It sounds like a good book. Then I read it. And absolutely, positively fell head-over-heels in love with it. It even beat out the Twilight series and Harry Potter! In the course of twenty-four hours, I inhaled The Angel Experiment. The next day, I had to read the next one! That day passed and I was done with School's Out- Forever, then another day and I'd finished Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. Saving the World is definitely in my top-three Maximum Ride book list. It was suspenseful and absorbing, and I never got bored with it. Max and her flock of human-avian hybrid kids had their backs against a wall, yet again. The School, the executions, retirement getting a totally new and gruesome meaning, Angel the traitor, Jeb, the whitecoats, escape becoming more valuable each day, yet becoming also more impossible- But I've said too much. The plot itself has so many possibilities. I'm glad James Patterson was the author to take on this novel. He's good with this kind of thing, and I can't see the characters any other way. They make a very big impact on the story, their personalitites alone, and on their readers. So many climaxes, it's almost impossible to call one the most surprising. Death and destruction is at every turn, and all this is simply the basis for Patterson's work. Bravo. I can almost feel their adrenaline, feel their pain, the wind in their hair and faces, the sun on their skin, the pain the whitecoats put them through, the aching in their wounds and hearts when they see Jeb, and the suspense atmosphere is totally impossible to miss. It's like you're there with the flock. Like you're in the flock. Amazing. That's not even close to enough to describe it. One of my favorite things about Maximum Ride is the characters. They're good role models for children most of the time, and they amaze me. The flock is full-blooded and three-dimensional. They seem so real, like I could go out and meet Max and the flock. They're tough and strong, sarcastic, witty, interesting, hilarious, laugh-out-loud riots, but they're down to earth if you can see them as just normal people. They're a much-needed break from today's so-so drama/comedy that everyone in America bores themselves with nowadays. What I love about Maximum Ride as a book and Max herself, as a character, or a person, is that she's different. She's not like any other fourteen-year-old girl in the world. Not just because of the whole mutant-experiment thing, but she's different. She doesn't care about the newest clothing line coming out this season, or having the newest cell phone on sale today, and definitely not her hair. She worried mostly about a) Saving the world. b) Keeping her flock safe. c) Surving. Everything else can wait. It's hard for me to describe this myself and totally capture the essence of Maximum Ride. It's better to experience it first hand. What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports and read it! You'll see what I'm talking about.
bczwr2 More than 1 year ago
Before I read this book, I heard a lot of news that this book is hard to put down. Apparently, that rumor is basically true. I can finish the book in one day, but because homework is interfering my reading time, I finished it in 3 days. I love the book so much. I'm gonna read the next book after I got home. Definitely worth rereading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have MAJOR OMRD(obsessive maximum ride disorder)
Taylortink101 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite series!!! With all the action and it actually shows a message about real isssues that some scientists take it to far with their "research" also that people can make a difference if we all stick together. This book is great it is filled with action, drama,and romanace. It is definitely my favorite series in the world!!! I hope you like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just because I can&'t READ it, d-3oesent mean I kn""ow why our story is p,,opular.So just read itfrom the bkdegining. ~Ig5gy p.s Please ignore the randome letters and stuff.Its hard enogh to memorize where any letteris on a computer.He's kind of blind.You know when you try to do stuff whith youreyes closed?No vision?Iggy does that all the time.He says it get easy.How though?I would get lost.I would get scared.Wait, how would I know if I was lost?I guess I wou....Oh! Max wants me to end typing for some reason.Oh well.Bye! ;) ~Nudge.
Meg-MCReading More than 1 year ago
"Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports," is a Science Fiction young adult novel. It is written by James Patterson, and published by Little Brown Books. This book is about a flock of six kids who got injected with a certain type of DNA. This DNA caused them to have wings. There are groups of people who work at a place called "Itex," or "The School", and these people the kids call the white coats. They are the creators of the kids, but the kids aren't the only thing they have created. These so called white coats made these other creatures called Erasers and they're sent out to kill the flock, but every time they have tried, the flock remains undefeated. Then they made robots called fly boys, and they're like the newer version of erasers. Max and the flock beat the Erasers but can they remain undefeated while fighting the flyboys? Max and Fang separate from the younger group of kids, in search of a new home. They haven't seen erasers in four days, so they aren't very worried about leaving the rest of the flock alone. Although they don't think that the kids will be found, ironically, they are captured. This led to many more adventures. The suspense will just drag you into the book. The action in this book is awesome, and it has a little bit of romance. The romance in this book adds a little kick to the story. The action in this book and the romance makes it ten times better, because it will lead to other events that will blow your mind away. Everybody should read this book because it has such great detail. The Author has a great imagination, and makes everything sound so real. Every time I read this book, it played a little movie in my head, and I think that's what makes it seem so real. The way he describes each and every thing, such as facial structures and the way they look, the way they change, and the way they're different is definitely unlike anything I have ever read before. James Patterson's books are the most detailed, and his books are so far the best I've ever read. Other people should read them. Once you start you can't stop, all the action makes you want to read more, and more. James Patterson is so far one of my favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever!!!!!! Im totally not kidding!!!!! Its filled with suprises, action, humor, and of course ROMANCE!!!!!! My favorite character is Max and not just because Im a girl!!!!!! Max and Fang should so be together!!!!!! Right!!!!!??????
RunningBlur25 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book EVER. No doubt about it. It carries on the tradition of Maximum Ride, with the Flock and flying and Max's dry wit, not to mention amazing chocolate chip cookies, but with more world-saving. And not cheesy global warming crap (no kidding I am a huge environmentalist but that kinda stuff just doesn't work out in books, especially not Maximum Ride books ;]), but actual invading bad places, uniting kids, discovering the answers to questions. Max and Fang finally quit playing it cool and kissed, but it's not like lovey-dovey OMG I LOVE YOU stuff the rest of the time... If anything, they go back to being pretty aloof, but with Fang making wise cracks at Max. There is so much more I could say but I would bore you to tears, and I want you to read the book. Hope you like it; I know I did, and I will definitely be ready for the next maximum ride. ;]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book 5 stars hands down action packed romance and betrayal in 1 book wat cud b better than this?????? James you rule
Charlotte_Isabella More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. My tip for all middle school teachers: you have to buy this series. Even high school teachers: buy this series for it is addicting!!! Be sure to keep multiple copies of the other books on hand so the students don't need to wait to read the others. The saga of Max continues as the group splits up for a time and Gazzy, Iggy, Angel, and Nudge choose sides between Fang and Max. This is a fast paced novel, which is sure to entertain until the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
in this book you just keep wanting to read i even had a dream about kinda freaky,right? and at the end you feel like you have to immediatly read the next book no matter what. it's just a fantasy book it's more than that, it's like a whole different world that you want to be in even though you know it's dangerous and you could get punched in the face but still have an adrenaline. i see how they think there frecks but i will feel the same way if you didn't look or feel the same way as a "normal" person. not only does she have wings but she also get's this weird voice inside her head. you also might think oh i don't want to read this book 'cause it's just an action book, well don't think that 'cause it's does have some sad friendship parts and she does have a little romance with one of the guys but i won't tell you who. not only does it sad and love parts it also has a some mysterious family parts in 2 ways. if you want to read the book now after what i just told i wouldn't blame you.
TwilightxoLover9 More than 1 year ago
Okay, If you love Twilight 2 words. READ IT! It's one of the best series I have ever read next to the twilight series. Filled with Action, Romance, and Thrills, It is a heck of a ride!
paperbackjunkie59 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! Yet to meet someone who is not a fan. Seriously doubt you will be disappointed. I normally hate action but these are irresistible and so tastefully written! Not just for kids & teens - love this series! James Patterson is a flawless writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought fang would be hotter look at the cover.. not so hot after all... but this was reallllllly good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got 2 read !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I love all the Maximum Rides. I disagree with all of those people who gave it a score under a four. READ THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome storyline great action scenes u can really picture it in ur head five out of five for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the whole series read them all u will NOT be sorry u did
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read- enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
worst one of the first three in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys need a life! Books arent everything;/ Omg im so sorry tht was my stupid bro if i were u id read this book to tick him off!!!!!!
sluggoDW More than 1 year ago
god book for teens and tweens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where they really asleep that whole time?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I vill now destroy the de Snickuhs bahrs!