Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is the first book in the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. The book was released in the US on April 11, 2005 and in the United Kingdom on July 4, 2005. The book is set in the near future and centers around the ‘flock’, a group of human-avian hybrids (98% human, 2% bird) on the run from the scientists who created them. It focuses on Maximum Ride (Max), the leader of the ‘flock’, and the first-person narrator of the story. Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world.
She and all the members of the “flock”—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of scientists. Max, Fang and Nudge try to rescue Angel but Max goes down to help Ella and get shot by some boys. Max then goes to find Ella, she finds her in her back garden and Max asks for help. Ella’s mother is a vet and helps Max.
Max finds a tracking device which must have been placed when she was younger in one of her arms. Nudge and Fang are waiting at the top of loch mead for Max for two days and they begin to worry about her. Meanwhile, Iggy and The Gasman blow up some Erasers in a little cabin then the Erasers attack them but they get away and head to loch Mead they meet Nudge and Fang and later on Max shows up. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City.
They are in New York to find their parents that is in file. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world—but can she? 1. ) A terrorist act in London overshadowed the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, and spoiled Britons’ joy over London’s election as the host city for the 2012 Olympics. Four explosive devices went off in the underground and a bus, leaving 50 people dead and about 700 injured. . ) The death of Pope John Paul II marked the end of an era in the life of the Roman-Catholic Church and modern history. 3. ) The outbreaks of interethnic violence in wealthy European countries and Australia. 4. ) The disengagement of Israeli troops and settlements from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank caused a split in Israeli society and made Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who once initiated the creation of these settlements, quit the ruling party. 5. ) Hurricane Katrina in the United States showed that the world’s leading super power was unprepared to deal with the aftermath of the natural disaster.
The hurricane destroyed the cradle of jazz, New Orleans. 6. ) Talk of a possible civil war resumed in Lebanon for the first time since 1975 following the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from the country. An international commission reported to the UN in October 2005 that senior officials in Syria and Lebanon could have had a hand in the assassination. 7. ) Latin America “tilted to the left” a great deal in 2005. Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia formed a new political alliance based on anti-American sentiments.
Ultra radical leftist politician Evo Morales was elected president of Bolivia. The United States failed to create a free trade zone in the region. 9. ) The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein triggered debate about whether convicting the dictator would help bring stability or cause a new wave of violence in Iraq. 10. ) Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad’s anti-Semitic statements outraged the world and complicated Tehran’s efforts to prevent its “nuclear file” from being handed over to the UN Security Council. // RIA “Novosti” Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment y James Patterson Get comfortable, grab a good, tight grip on this book, and prepare for an awesome adventure! At first glance Max might look like an average 14-year-old girl, but you’ll quickly realize that she’s anything but ordinary. Max has wings! And they aren’t just for decoration either. Max can fly; she can soar high into the clear, blue sky like a bird! And Max can do this because she actually is part bird! Sounds pretty cool, eh? Well, not exactly. See, Max spends the first 10 years of her life locked in a tiny cage at a place called The School.
There she suffers through test after horrid test from the scientists who created her by adding bird DNA to her own human DNA. While there, she meets five other winged kids, and with the help of a sympathetic scientist, the six of them manage to escape. This fantastic freedom becomes the happiest time in their lives, bonding Max, Fang, Iggy, the Gasman, Nudge and Angel into a family, the only family any of them has ever known. But then out of nowhere, their past catches up with them. The Erasers discover their hideout and snatch up six-year-old Angel!
Another experiment of the school, Erasers are half-humans, half-wolves, and a whole lot of mean. Max and the others would rather die than have Angel back in the hands of the evil scientists, so they set out to rescue Angel, thus taking a flying leap into this fast-paced adventure that just doesn’t stop, not even when the pages end. Along the way they uncover more and more questions that — just maybe — they don’t really want to know the answers to, like the truth about their parents and the mysterious voice echoing instructions in Max’s head.
James Patterson is an amazing storyteller, grabbing the reader’s attention on page one and holding on with color and humor all the way through the book. His characters are distinct, layered and very real, complete with hopes, fears and flaws. His vivid descriptions put the reader right up in the sky flying next to Max and the gang, feeling the wind ripple though their feathers and the emotions tear through their hearts. I’m very much looking forward to the sequel, which will be released in Spring 2006. Way to go, Mr. Patterson! Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on April 11, 2005