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The Adventures of Maximum Ride

Everyone loves Maximum Ride!

  • Adults

    “I just really like this series. Mostly because I like Max. I’m forty‐seven, and I want to be Max. How many teenagers must want to be Max? Max is the Superman of the decade.”
    —Brenda Cooper, A Space For Tea (blog)

    “I highly recommend this book for adults, young adults, even preteens…. I talked so much about this, and obviously enjoyed it so much, that my 10‐year‐old (girl) is reading (and loving) it now, my 15–year‐old (boy) wants to read it next, and even my husband has expressed interest in it.”
    —Mama Fasha

  • Kids

    “I loved MAXIMUM RIDE. I could not put it down. I finished it in 1 day. While different than Patterson’s When the Wind Blows, I still enjoyed reading more about the winged children. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.”
    —Stephanie, 18

    “I loved this book! It was sooo exciting and suspenseful that I literally jumped when something would happen. The narrator’s voice was hilarious; I laughed out loud in the middle of my English class. It was a great book, and I can’t wait until the next one comes out.”
    —Hanna, 16

  • Booksellers

    “What a fantastic read. I was so engrossed after the first couple of chapters, I had to sneak time in to finish it. I can’t wait to pass on the book to my 12‐year‐old and tell others about it at the store.”
    —Sharon, Bookseller

    “Patterson is not just for adults anymore. With the Maximum Ride series he has created edgy, taut thrillers that teens won’t be able to put down. The characters are easy to identify with, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Max and her family next!”
    —Cathy, Bookseller, Blue Willow Bookshop

  • Critics

    “This book…has all the characteristics of [James Patterson’s] work for grown‐ups: pace, action, mystery and cool…. This skilled and compulsive tale is so involving…and it proves that girls can be tough, too.”
    —London Times, “Children’s Book of the Week,” July 3, 2005

    “The key to MAXIMUM RIDE’s success may be that it incorporates concepts familiar to young people…. What makes these characters so appealing is that they have wings and can fly…. Another plus: the book has a feel of a video game…. Fights and flights are nonstop in MAXIMUM RIDE. The writing is visual and cinematic—things that kids expect from their video games, TV cartoon shows, and action movies. And the ending leaves plenty of wiggle room for a sequel.”
    —USA Today

  • Teachers

    “The teachers read Maximum Ride again today, and the students begged them not to stop when the reading time was up! Some students even came up to me and told me they went out and purchased the book that night because they just couldn’t wait until the next day to read again!”
    —Terri Smith, Teacher, “Maximum Read” program, Hurst, Texas

    “I am excited as a teacher to see a student get so into a book and will definitely keep copies of the series in my classroom for other reluctant readers!”
    —Karie, High School Teacher