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Maximum Ride : the angel experiment, James Patterson

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Maximum Ride : the angel experiment
Title
Maximum Ride
Title remainder
the angel experiment
Statement of responsibility
James Patterson
Title variation
Angel experiment
Title variation remainder
Angel experiment
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose
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Award
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006
Review
  • Gr. 7---9. Patterson, best known for his dark, gritty thrillers featuring psychologist Alex Cross, first dipped his toes in the waters of children’s literature with SantaKid (2004). Aiming at an older youth readership this time and reworking ideas and characters that appeared first in his adult novels When the Wind Blows (1998) and The Lake House (2003), he delivers an action-packed cross between Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children and Marvel Comics’ X-Men. Fourteen-year-old Max (short for Maximum Ride) leads an usual group of children, escapees from an institution that designed them by “grafting avian DNA onto human genes.” Yup, these kids have wings. When Angel, the smallest of the group, is kidnapped by mutants and taken back to the “school,” Max and her family determine to get her back--no matter what. Patterson occasionally forgets his audience here, as evidenced by his sardonic tone and such glib adult asides as “they found their prey: moi,” but he’s picked a comfortable formula (orphans protecting one another and making a home together), which he’s cushioned with an abundance of slavering beasts, childhood heartaches, and unresolved issues--all in preparation for the sequel in 2006, in which Max will, presumably, assume the role she’s been assigned here: savior of the world. Expect the Patterson name to attract a crossover audience of both adults and youth. -- Stephanie Zvirin (BookList, 02-01-2005, p917)
  • Gr 7 Up A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted family--Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6--were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot. The narrative alternates between Max's first-person point-of-view and that of the others in the third person, but readers don't get to know Max very well. The only major flaw is that the children sound like adults most of the time. This novel is reminiscent of David Lubar's Hidden Talents (Tor, 1999) and Ann Halam's Dr. Franklin's Island (Random, 2002). --Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ(Reviewed May 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 5, p135)
  • Thriller writer Patterson takes characters that first appeared in his adult novels When the Wind Blows and its sequel, The Lake House , and places them in an overblown, nearly incomprehensible story pitched at young adults. Max (aka Maximum Ride), the 14-year-old girl from both of the aforementioned novels, leads a band of mutant orphans hiding from the sinister scientists at "the School," who grafted avian DNA onto their genes, giving them wings (plot points established in When the Wind Blows ). When the School's henchmen—"Erasers," "half-men, half-wolves" (one of whom is their rescuer Jeb's seven-year-old son)—kidnap six-year-old Angel, the youngest member of "the flock," Max and company will stop at nothing to rescue her. Well, nothing except to aid a stranger, bond with some real birds, eat lunch and take lengthy naps. The often violent hunt-and-chase plot resembles that of a Saturday morning superhero cartoon. The point of view shifts jerkily before settling into Max's first-person narration, which is self-deprecating but never sounds like a real teen's voice, and the novel is strewn with mutations of nouns-turned-adjectives ("tunnel-visiony," "antisepticky," even "Robin Hoodsy"). Loose ends abound but presumably the sequel, scheduled for 2006, will reveal the identity of the evil "whitecoats" and their motives as well as who owns the Voice speaking inside Max's head. The Patterson name will attract readers; but his fans may be disappointed that this tale never takes flight. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 21, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 12, p52)
  • Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish. Fourteen-year-old Max (full name Maximum Ride) and her "flock" have escaped from a horrific School that kept them in cages and tortured them in the name of scientific research. Max and her flock are genetic experiments: 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, they're super-powerful—and can fly. "Erasers" (violent genetic combinations of men and wolves) pursue them at every turn. Crossing the country first to save their youngest from the School's scientific sadists and then track down their histories (were they born from parents or test tubes?), they wind up in New York City's sewers. Max develops shattering headaches and a Voice in her head that crashes nearby computers and tells her to save the world. Is it a friend or the flock's betrayer? Short chapters and paragraphs are smoothly accessible; Max's easy-to-read voice alternates between immediate and sardonic. The ending reveals frustratingly few answers, leaving layers of mystery for the sequel. Speed, suspense, excitement. (Science fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2005)
Awards note
Abraham Lincoln Book Award 2008.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
132149
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DLC
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1947-
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Patterson, James
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • MG+
  • 6-8
LC call number
PS3566.A822
LC item number
M391 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
  • 4.6
  • 4.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Maximum Ride
Series volume
[v. 1]
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetic engineering
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Science fiction
  • Adventure stories
  • Genetic engineering
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Maximum Ride : the angel experiment, James Patterson
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rdacarrier
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Control code
ocm56490639
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
422 pages
Isbn
9780316155564
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004018623
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780316155564
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regular print
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(OCoLC)56490639
Label
Maximum Ride : the angel experiment, James Patterson
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocm56490639
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
422 pages
Isbn
9780316155564
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004018623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780316155564
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)56490639

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