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Friday, April 6, 2012

Books for Reluctant Readers: Maximum Ride Series

When asked by a friend about books that boys will enjoy, I decided to do a little research.  I began by asking a co-worker who is reading the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.  She is in her early twenties and has been devouring the series.  Yesterday we had our lunch breaks at the same time and she was immersed in the third book, laughing out loud, she shared a couple pages with me that I admit were funny and enticed me to learn more.  Thus, I visited James Patterson's site to read about Maximum Ride.  

The series consists of seven books, with the eighth to be released this August.  Six kids, 98 percent human and two percent bird, were brought up in a lab, living like rats, until they got free.  Now they are on a mission.  That mission:  to save the world!

The books are as follows:
Maximum Ride:  the Angel Experiment
Maximum Ride:  School's Out Forever
Maximum Ride:  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Maximum Ride:  the Final Warning
Nevermore (to be released August 6, 2012)

My co-worker suggested children as young as 9-12 would enjoy these, though they are located in the Teen Section of the bookstore.  Of course, saving the world is not without violence, but it is not graphic nor morbid.

The Adventures of Maximum Ride

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This is the finale with an ending no one would expect!!
Book seven.  Evil scientists are trying to coerce Max to provide the genetic link that will speed up evolution.  This is how she will save the world, according to the scientists.  And who is this Dylan they want her to believe is the perfect mate?
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A horrifying prophetic message predicting Fang will be the first to die nearly destroys Max.  Fang is her best friend, her partner in leadership, her soul mate.  Max cannot imagine a life without Fang.

The fifth book in the Maximum Ride series.  Something is destroying ships off the Hawaiian coast line and the government wants to recruit the Flock and Max to help them solve this mystery.  However, Mr. Chu - a criminal mastermind - is watching the flocks every move, waiting to play out his evil plans.
Maximum Ride: The Final Warning
Maximum Ride: The Final Warning
Book four.  Asked by a group of scientists studying global warming and its causes, Max and the six members of the Flock are on an adventure involving activism and find they need to escape government officials who are watching the Flock with plans of their own.
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Book three. It's time for Max and the Flock to discover their ultimate destiny and face their enemy.  They must prevent "Re-evolution" from making a superior race and terminating the rest of the population!

Maximum Ride: School's Out-Forever

Possibly the funniest and scariest yet, Max must protect her family and reveal her ultimate destiny!

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Maximum Ride: 
The Angel Experiment

Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. Six kids who make up the Flock.  They are 98 percent humans and 2 percent bird.  Raised in a lab, living like rats in cages, until they find freedom.  But they have become prey for the Erasers - a wolf-like creature with an appetite for humans who can fly! 
*book descriptions are in my own words.  The book photos are from James Patterson's site: http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_max.php#kids

1 comment:

  1. I keep wanting to read this series, as always, there's more books to be read that time to read them! But I appreciate this overview of the series - it is a great idea and really let one know what the series is about and if they'd be interested in it. Which I am even more now!


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