A Ride You Don’t Want to Miss

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Max knows what it's like to soar above the world. That's because she-and her five other flock members- have wings. 98% human, 2% avian (bird), they were raised in a lab.

Max knows what it's like to soar above the world. That's because she-and her five other flock members- have wings. 98% human, 2% avian (bird), they were raised in a lab. When Max was ten, they were rescued and hidden away in a house in the mountains, where they learned to fly, fight, and take care of themselves. 

Maximum, Fang, and Iggy are fourteen, Nudge is eleven, Gazzy's nine, and Angel, the youngest, is six. Max leads and cares for the rest of the kids. They live a dangerous life, always wondering when the lab known as the School will send someone to capture them. Max knows the scientists weren't done with experimentation. 

One day, when they are out picking strawberries, it happens. The Erasers, horrible human-wolf hybrids, kidnap Angel. Max is crushed. Her baby, the littlest bird, Angel, who's she's taken care of forever, is gone. Max and the flock will stop at nothing to get her back. Max, Fang, and Nudge set out flying to the School, leaving Iggy and Gazzy to guard the house. But will they make it in time? Angel could already have been experimented on in the time it takes them to get there. She could have been blinded, mutilated, manipulated, or worse. She could be dead. And, even if they DO make it, what if they're captured too? Living in a dog crate, being pulled out for tests, constantly wondering whether or not they'll be alive the next day. 

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson, is the first of an eight book series, the last of which just came out August 2012. I would recommend it to anyone twelve and up. Narrated by Max, this is easily my favorite book series. It's full of action and adventure, with never a dull moment. Max's narration is sarcastic and funny, and it's as if she's telling the story directly to you. The story is interesting and unique. Maximum Ride soars above other books.