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School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2)

School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2)

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by James Patterson

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the "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 being hunted by half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" who can fly, too.

In Book 2 of the series, the Flock members are taken under the wing of an


Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the "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 being hunted by half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" who can fly, too.

In Book 2 of the series, the Flock members are taken under the wing of an FBI agent and try to live "normal" lives by going to school, making friends--and continuing their relentless search for their parents. But the Erasers return, forcing the Flock to abandon their search and make their escape once again. The voice inside Max's head keeps telling her that it's up to her to save the world, but this is especially challenging to do when she is faced with her ultimate match: a newer and better version of herself, Maximum Ride II. Max's heart-stopping quest to investigate the mind-blowing mystery of her ultimate destiny continues in the scariest, strangest, and funniest James Patterson novel yet.

Editorial Reviews

In this stand-alone sequel to The Angel Experiment, bird-kid Max and her flock fly south to reunite with their parents. But their perilous mission runs into stiff winds when they are apprehended by an FBI agent who dispatches them to the worst nightmare destination: school! Max's homework assignment include decoding documents that might have help save the world and protect her from Max II, a clone who knows her every move. Action; suspense; plot surprises: all James Patterson specialties.
Publishers Weekly
Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge and Angel are being hunted by killers. No big deal because these kids can fly, literally. But how will this new threat to their safety affect their mission to save the world? Listeners will find out in School's Out Forever, James Patterson's second installment of the Maximum Ride series narrated with aplomb by Valentina de Angelis. (June). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This novel is a compelling sequel to a compelling first book. It grabs readers straight from the start and reels them in with new excitements on every page. Adventure, fighting, backstabbing, and love abound throughout the book, while still allotting time to develop characters one cares about. Patterson satisfies fans of the series by incorporating new plot lines into the story, while still using the ones laid out in the first book. It sets up well for a third book, which is destined to be another delight, in which Max might actually save the world. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Little Brown, 409p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Rebecca Moreland, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-This book picks up exactly where The Angel Experiment (Little, Brown, 2005) left off. The six genetically engineered bird children have escaped from the wolf-hybrid Erasers again, Max is still hearing "The Voice" in her head, and she is still reeling from the revelation that Ari, the most persistent of all the Erasers, is dead by her hand and that he might be her brother. From this point forward, there is action, but no distinctive plot. The closest the story line comes to compelling is when the kids are taken in and enrolled in school by a seemingly kind woman who just happens to be a high-ranking FBI agent. It will not shock readers when it is eventually revealed that she has betrayed them. This book is full of as many twists, turns, and conspiracies as an episode of daytime drama. And just like a soap opera, it relies heavily on melodrama until the very end, whereupon readers discover that very little has actually happened. The story is disappointingly anticlimactic and violent. Still, it does have some appeal-the children continually outmaneuver their attackers without permanent damage. Plus, the talking dog they pick up during their adventures is sure to entertain.-Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers are in for another exciting wild ride of fights (bloody) and flights (in the sky) as Max and her flock struggle to stay alive. 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, these six winged, scrappy kids soar powerfully through the air. In this second installment, they head towards Washington D.C. in pursuit of their unknown parents of origin, who may or may not know that the kids were raised by genetic scientists prone to torture. Max's straightforward, sardonic first-person voice does most of the narration as the flock navigates a rescue by a vaguely maternal FBI honcho, a stint in a regular school (or is it?) and constant pursuit by Erasers (deadly wolf-human combinations). Who controls the Voice in Max's head telling her to save the world? What would that even mean? Is an international corporation the enemy? Who's in league with the evil scientists who created the flock? These questions are yet unanswered, leaving readers breathless for the follow-up to this action-packed page-turner. (Science fiction. YA)$1,000,000 ad/promo
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

Praise for School's Out—Forever
A KLIATT 2006 Editor's Choice: Best of the Year's Hardcover YA Fiction selection

*"A breathless adventure...full of action, swooping flights and fierce fights—a sure bet for the movies." (Starred Review)—Kliatt"

Adventure, fighting, backstabbing, and love abound throughout the book, while still allotting time to develop characters one cares about."—VOYA"

Readers are in for another exciting wild ride."—Kirkus"

Pure escapist pleasure."—The Horn Book

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Little, Brown and Company
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Maximum Ride Series
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Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Maximum Ride

School's Out-Forever
By James Patterson

Little, Brown For Young Readers

Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-15559-4

Chapter One

Yep. Flying Erasers. These Erasers had wings, which was a new and revolting development on the Eraser front. Half-wolf, half-human, and now half-avian? That couldn't be a happy mix. And they were headed our way at about eighty miles an hour.

"Erasers, version 6.5," Fang said.

Split up, Max. Think 3-D, said my Voice.

"Split up!" I ordered. "Nudge! Gazzy! Nine o'clock! Angel, up top. Move it! Iggy and Fang, flank me from below! Fang, ditch the dog!"

"Nooo, Fang!" screeched Angel.

The Erasers slowed as we fanned out, their huge, heavy-looking wings backbeating the air. It was almost pitch-black now, with no moon and no city lights below. I was still able to see their teeth, their pointed fangs, their smiles of excitement. They were on a hunt-it was party time!

Here we go, I thought, feeling adrenaline speeding up my heart. I launched myself at the biggest one, swinging my feet under me to smash against his chest. He rolled back but righted himself and came at me again, claws slashing the air.

I bobbed, feeling his paws whip right past my face. I turned sharply just in time to have a hard, hairy fist crash into my head.

I dropped ten feet quickly, then surged back up on theoffensive.

In my peripheral vision, I saw Fang clap both hands hard against an Eraser's furry ears. The Eraser screamed, holding his head, and started to lose altitude. Fang had Total in his backpack. He rolled out of harm's way, and I took his place, catching another Eraser in the mouth with a hard side kick.

I grabbed one of his arms, twisting it violently in back of him. It was harder in the air, but then I heard a loud pop.

The Eraser screamed and dropped, careening downward until he caught himself and flew clumsily away, one arm dangling.

Above me an Eraser lashed out at Nudge, but she dodged out of the way.

Max? Size isn't everything, said the Voice.


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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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School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1316 reviews.
Karlz More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I think it is the best book in the whole series (though you should read them all). It's captivating, enthralling, brilliant, thrilling, and just down right hilarious. It may have a lower level vocabulary, but it's characters are just as charming and witty as a master like Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling. The characters are brilliantly developed, and completely realistic. No fake, unbeleivable personalities here. The plotline is complex, full of brialliant twists and turns. Just as you think you've figured it out, Patterson takes you around another bend, and your theory is blown to pieces. But, sometimes books have exciting plotlines in some parts, and boring areas in others. Not Maximum Ride. It's a must read all the way through, from the first page to the last. It may be a fantasy, but it has some very real topics in it, from global warming, to a teen's crazy love life, to an obsession over choclate chip cookies. It's wonderfully written so that you enjoy the fantasy, wish-it-were-you feeling, but also see the real issues portrayed in the book. The characters and emotions are so believable, sometimes you feel it could really happen. I'm a teenager, and I feel exactly as Max does when she's tumbling through her adventures. From her happiness and her excitement, to her confusion and fear, I feel as if I know her, and understand what she's going through. I understand why she does things, or why she doesn't. Basically, she (and the rest of the Flock) are totally beleivable characters. The plot flows with excitement, created by exploding buildings, on-the-fly fights, and an interesting love twist, and the characters are amazingly well developed, creating an all together great book. What more could anyone want?
Famousforlove2 More than 1 year ago
I was orginally asking for Witch and Wizard by James Patterson for Christmas but my mom bought me this whole series instead. I was a little dissapointed that I didn't get the books I wanted but, out of politness I was going to read these books anyways. So I picked up the first one and I loved it. Right now i'm currently reading the fourth out of five. I really like how I can relate to Max, and how that when James Patterson writes it's not always about the same exact thing. Every series has a different plot, and I think that all his books are great. I definetly reccomend these books to anyone who loves to read, it's well worth your time.
lunaticbibliophile More than 1 year ago
when i finished Angel Experiment, i went and welcomed hell just to get my copy of School's out-forever and saving the world and other extreme sports. and you know what? part 2 and 3 didn't disappoint me. the second book focused on Max and the flock trying to find any information about the School and about their parents. Well, you already know they grew on tubes and dog crates so knowing their parents are typically out of their knowledge. When Max started to hear a Voice on her head, she and her flock went to different places in US in search of an answer that can help them solve the mystery of their School, about Jeb, their growing need for a normal life, and Max's and Fang's feelings for each other...about the latter part, it came earlier. So, if any of this reviews doesn't catch your attention, better go to the School and try to wake your blood a little bit...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 59 yrs old and now have MY mother reading them all. LOVE THEM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series!!!!! I want to see the movie for this! That is if they follow through with it....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, this series, Maximum Ride, realy lives up to it's name, y' know? So, far on my rating levels on a scale from 1-10, this book hits an easy 15. I am SO desperate to get ANGEL. ( the book. ) READ THIS SERIES NOW!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best of the maximum ride series. I have read the whole series 3 times and this is the one i enjoy the most every time i reread the series. I love the max books and cant wait for nevermore to come out(the book after Angel). This is probably my favorite because it has the most action, most wisecracks, kick (insert word not supposed to say) battles, awesomeness and twists. Every time i read it there is something i didnt remember about it from the last time. This is my favorite book ever and i get in trouble for reading too much all the time so that is comparing it to alot of books! Now to the actual book Fang gets injured in a fight, and the flock, max and her family, have to go to a human hospital or he'll die. Why is that a problem u may ask? Only because they are former lab experiments with wings of course! So while there of course someone in the hospital staff calls the FBI and they show up. The agents ask stupid questions and get stupid answers in return. The agent interviewing max invites her to stay at her house. Of course max would say no, so the agent threatens not letting the doctors opperate on Fang. Max loves everyone in the flock and the idea of losing anyone, especially her best friend, is tragic, so of course she excepts. When they are there Anne, the agent, forces them to go to school. That is all im going to say because i could go on and would probably tell u the end before stopping. So i hope u are hooked by now if not read the book anyway and u will be. It is worth the money and the few hours. If u didntread the first one first shame on u because it was really good to. Now after u read this if u dont imediatelly feel like u need to read the next one u need to either get a life or get over urself!
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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
Vary good you should read it. It's worth every penny. You should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved itt!! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this books because there is a lot of adventure and action. Plus a little romance which makes the story whole. It's about six children Max,Fang,Iggy,Nudge,Gasman,and Angel who just keep getting attacked by Erasers who won't stop till they kill them. But there is also a little jealousy,lying,and some really funny moments. So by all means go out and buy this great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for anyone who has ever dreamed of flying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard a LOT about this series and I didn't want to waste my time reading it at first. But, I DID read it and it is DEFFINENTLY one of most favorite books! I cannot WAIT to read the third book because I REALLY want Max and Fang to get together!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maximum rRide: School's Out- Forever is the second book in the Maximum Ride series. Following their New York adventure, the flock ends up in Virginia, at the house of Anne Walker. The only reason Anne knows about them- and their wings- is because, on their way to Virginia, they were attacked by Erasers. Fang was badly wounded, and the only way to help him was to bring him to a hospital. They went to Anne's house to recover and let Fang rest. There, they are faced with their greatest challenge yet: school. The real kind, not the crazy- science- experments- and- whitecoats kind. James Patterson brings a new cast of characters into the story, including Lissa, Sam, Tess, headmaster/headhunter Mr. Pruitt, and Anne Walker herself. In this second installment, Max and the flock must make it through the challenges of public school, the challenges of meeting new people, and discovering that these new people aren't quite who, or what, they seem to be... Will Max and the flock make it through the school year? Or will they flee before then? Find out in Maximum Ride, book two: School's Out- Forever. If you read this book, you would probably already know what the first book is titled, but for you newbies out there, the first book is titled Maximum Ride, book one: The Angel Experiment. Book three is titled Maximum Ride, book three: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. If you enjoyed this book, try some other James Patterson books. You never know what books you may enjoy without actually opening them. I found this book incredible, and it kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the book. The entire book was filled with action, adventure, and just a bit of romance. Try it. You never know. You might like it. Though i do reccommend you start with book one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A realy good book all rhe way through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres a manga version of maximum ride and it is complete BOSS!!!!! Read it!!!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You little rebel, i like you. I would recommend thid series to fans of percy jackson, the hunger gamed, and Van Helsing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite MR books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luvd this book it was really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree this book is sometimes hard to follow along but who the heck cares its all bulilding up to a big climax the end of the world i myself was confused when x and max two were fighting i couldnt figur out whose thoughts was whose but i still love this series everything is a little different in each book . And fyi most of what you were saying was your own stupid opinion . From a very smart hippo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not even gonna lie i sobbed like a baby!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ari is supposed to be dead and why cant she find her parents
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews from the first book ( the bad ones ), I've noticed that they are true, & the book had little to no storyline or plot. This book was good in some ways when there was a battle, but the series of events where, in fact, the same almost the entire book. It was basically just flock is fleeing, erasers attack them, a betrayal, big climax fight ( SHOCKER), and then everything was all good. And then there are some things that are left basically unexplained for almost the entire book. Like that Max imposter. I was very confused on how she got into the story. All of a sudden, an imposter Max is barfed up into the story without anything said or explained to me on what her role was in the story until the very end of the book. This is a spioler alert, but when Ari has one of his chapters, apparently he has a Voice too, but then the author kind of forgets about it and then there's us, left completely in the dark about it, which is so annoying it is driving me insane. But there are some upsides to the book. There is a lot of really good humor in these books, enough for any young reader to enjoy. It is a diamond in the rough, and you really have to have patience to read these books so you do not bust a vein in you forehead trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I do recommend this book to younger readers, and not older ones. This book is really fast paced an funny all the way through. And I am asking you to look at this book at a good perception. It really is a decent book, just not for older readers. If you want to read another James Patterson series, older readers, read Witch and Wizard. That series is really awesome for you people. Happy reading! Angry Giraffe