Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever

Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever
Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever  
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First UK edition cover of Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever.
Author(s) James Patterson
Cover artist David Perry, Pete Turner & Rob Matheson
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Young Adult Fiction
Publisher United Kingdom Headline
United States Little, Brown
Publication date May 23, 2006
Pages 416 (hardback)
368 (paperback)[1]
ISBN ISBN 0-316-15559-4
Preceded by Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Followed by Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Maximum Ride: School's Out—Forever is the second book in the sci-fi action-adventure series Maximum Ride by James Patterson, published by Little, Brown. The book was released in the US and the UK on May 23, 2006.[2][3] The series centers around the 'Flock', a group of human-avian hybrids on the run from the scientists who created them.

Plot

After the events of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, the prior book, the Flock is headed toward Washington, D.C., where they hope to find the answers to their origins. However, after Fang is gravely injured by a flying Eraser and taken to a hospital, the Flock is housed by an FBI agent named Anne on the agreement that she is allowed to examine them "at a distance." The Flock enjoys a rare period of peace, even attending a private school(which turns out to have been an insane aslyum). To them life is good for now, as Max sees it, but they happen to be seeing Erasers often and their relationships in the Flock with each other are starting emotions, that are spilling. Suddenly, though Iggy finds his long lost parents(he later said "they were the real thing and the real thing wanted to make money of me"). An ordeal at their (normalish) school means they have to leave (teachers pull out tasers and chase Max). Then Angel suggests that they go to Florida and for lack of a better plan Max agrees. Later on while in Florida the Flock learns that a multi-national corporation named Itex is plotting to destroy the world, based on what Angel overheard when she was kidnapped back at the school, and is also tracking the Flock's movements. Earlier Anne had revealed herself as a member of the lab that created the Flock, and seeks to recapture them. And after that, Max must face her worst adversary yet—a clone of herself—to either destroy it or have it kill her. She ends up not destroying it because she learns that the scientists at Itex created it is to see how powerful Max is. (The clone is called Max II).

Reception

Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever received good reviews. Booklist delivered a positive review, praising Patterson's "ability to write page-turning action scenes" and noting that he "leaven[ed] the suspense with some surprising humor." [4] It also mentioned that fans of the first book would be "delighted"[4] with the sequel. Erin Collazo Miller from About.com praised the "fast-paced" novel, "fun characters," and "interesting premise."

References

  1. ^ Amazon.com: School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride, Book 2): James Patterson: Books
  2. ^ Amazon.com: School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride, Book 2): James Patterson: Books
  3. ^ Amazon.co.uk: Maximum Ride: Schools Out Forever (Maximum Ride): James Patterson: Books
  4. ^ a b http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0316155594/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

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