Maximum Ride

Maximum Ride
Maximum Ride
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Maximum Ride: The Final Warning
MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel
Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel
Nevermore: A Maximum Ride Novel
Author James Patterson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller, Young-adult fiction, Science fiction
Publisher Headline[1]
Doubleday[2]
Little, Brown and Company[3]
Published April 11, 2005 – present
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

Maximum Ride is a series of young adult science fiction and fantasy novels by American author James Patterson. The series chronicles the lives of six fugitive kids – Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge, and Angel – known collectively as the Flock. Bred in a laboratory called the School, they endured scientific experiments that rendered them 98% human and 2% avian.

In the first three books of the series, the Flock spends much of their time running from human-lupine hybrids (called Erasers) created by the School. Book 4 is mainly about the Flock rising against global warming, whereas Book 5 is about saving Dr. Martinez while battling environmental pollution. Book 6 is about rescuing Fang, and Book 7 is about stopping the Doomsday Group from destroying the world's population of non-mutated humans. The books are divided into two sets: The Fugitives (books 1–3) and The Protectors (books 4–7). The series shares a few similarities with two of Patterson's previous books, When the Wind Blows and The Lake House.

Patterson recently announced that the series would end with an eighth book in August 2012. Patterson said the eighth book will be titled Nevermore, as announced at his book talk for charity at Lincoln Hall.[4]

Contents

Plot

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment focuses around the rescue of Angel, the youngest member of the Flock. The Flock has been living in a secret house in the mountains for years, but after being attacked by a pack of Erasers (human-lupine hybrids) they have to leave their home. During the attack, the Erasers manage to kidnap Angel and take her to the School, which is the lab where the flock was once held and experimented on by the Whitecoats, or scientists. After Angel is captured the flock has to face their worst nightmere and return to the School to save her. Max is deeply confused when she finds that Jeb Batchelder; the man who had rescued the flock from the School and become a father figure to the flock before disappearing two years before; has reappeared but sided with the whitecoats and, meanwhile, his son Ari has become an Eraser. As Max focuses on looking after the Flock and saving Angel, she is also struggling with a Voice in her head that tells her that she was created to save the world. After rescuing Angel, The Flock flees to New York City, where they start trying to find out who their parents are. Max also meets a Ella, a girl who she rescued form some bullies, and her mother, Dr. Martinez. Total, a black scottie, is also added to the group after the Flock breaks into the Institute and releases all of the "experiments" held there.

Maximum Ride: School's Out-Forever begins with the Flock heading off to look for their parents using papers they found at the Institute for Higher Living. On the way, they run into flying Erasers (with patched-on wings), including Ari. After a fight with Ari, Fang suffers injuries bad enough to need treatment at a hospital. FBI agent Anne Walker offers her home for residence while Fang recovers. The Flock agrees, and eventually they are enrolled into a real school. While at the school, Max goes out with a boy named Sam, but gets jealous when she spots Fang kissing a girl named Lissa. The principal of the school works for the Institute (of Higher Living) and almost traps the Flock at the school. Anne reveals herself as a member of the lab that created the Flock, and seeks to recapture them. Later, Max is kidnapped and replaced with a clone that has her appearance but acts differently. In the end, a fight leaves only the real Max standing. It is also revealed that Total can talk.

In Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, the Flock must save the world from the Itex Corporation (the company behind the School) and its Director, who want to terminate all recombinant species and cut the Earth's population in half (the By-Half Plan). Meanwhile, the Erasers have been replaced with the flying, robotic Flyboys. As this is happening, Fang tries to persuade Max to find a permanent home where they can live in peace. Max invites Ari (the last remaining Eraser and Max's brother) to join the group after escaping from the School again, causing Fang, Iggy, and the Gasman to leave the Flock in protest. In the end, Ari dies, the group reunites, and Max discovers that her parents are Jeb Batchelder and Dr. Valencia Martinez, a kindly veterinary surgeon from the first book. She also begins to realize she has feelings for Fang.

In the fourth book, The Final Warning,the Flock flies out of a government meeting set up to decide what is best for them. Later, they go to Antarctica(Jeb's and Dr. Martinez's idea), where a team of scientists needs their assistance. There they fight an international organization led by the Uber Director, who intends to auction off the Flock to corrupt leaders of foreign countries to be used as weapons and/or mercenaries. When Angel goes after a baby penguin in the midst of a blizzard, the group is captured and taken to Miami. The Flock defeats the Uber Director in the midst of a hurricane and make their escape. Meanwhile, Total grows wings of his own and falls in love with Akila, an Alaskan Malamute. Max and Fang kiss a few times, and Max starts to acknowledge her feelings for him.

At the start of MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel,the Flock is attacked by bionic assassins (which Max nicknames M-Geeks) at environmental awareness shows in Los Angeles and Mexico City. Later, the government enlists their help in finding out what is destroying hundreds of ships and killing millions of fish off the coast of Hawaii. While the Flock is undertaking the task, a criminal mastermind is tracking their every move. Then, Dr. Martinez (Max's mother) is kidnapped and held hostage. The Flock takes a submarine down to the ocean depths, fends off hordes of M-Geeks and rescues Dr. Martinez from an underwater dome as it starts to flood. During their struggles, Fang and Max's relationship grows stronger, and Max feels that she loves Fang.

In Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel, the Flock travels to Africa to aid the people there. They meet Dr. Hans, a former Itex worker, and Dylan, another human-avian hybrid designed to be Max's "perfect other half." After a prophetic statement from Angel stating that Fang will die soon, Max is traumatized and starts spending more time with him. Dylan joins the Flock, and they return to their newly rebuilt home in the mountains. Max and Fang are told to leave the Flock because they are more focused on their personal relationship than the surrounding dangers. Angel becomes the new leader of the Flock and gets rid of the rules Max set up for them. Eventually the group reunites, but Fang is captured by Dr. Hans and his heart stops while he is being experimented on. The Flock rushes to save Fang, and Max stabs his heart with an adrenaline shot and revives him. Dylan also injects himself in a suicide attempt, but fails. In the epilogue, Total and Akila are married, and Fang leaves Max a note saying that the Flock is in danger with him there, and that he will meet Max again in 20 years.

In Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel, Max hasn't gotten over the fact that Fang has left her, so she has to go live with her mother because she won't take care of herself. But Max is slowly starting to warm up to Dylan despite her mixed feelings in the sixth book. Meanwhile Fang starts his own gang which includes Max's clone, now called Maya. The two teams join forces in Paris to stop an organization known as the Doomsday Group from killing themselves in order to save the planet. Max is hurt even more after Fang asks her to come and help them, making her feel like she's just Fang's audience of one. Everything goes awry when the Gasman fails to disarm all the bombs under the gathering spot. The bombs explode while Fang, the Gasman, and Angel are still in the blast radius. The two boys make it out safely, but Angel is missing, leaving everyone heartbroken. In Angel's epilogue it said she was still alive.

The final book in the Maximum Ride series, entitled Nevermore, is set to be released on August 2, 2012.[5]

Characters

Maximum Ride (Max)

Maximum Ride (Max) is a 14-year-old (15 in Fang) avian-human hybrid, and the leader of the Flock. She is a tomboy, with a witty and sarcastic attitude but with a soft side. . She has blonde hair, but at MAX she is appeared to have brown hair with little streaks. Some fans think it might be because Angel, Gazzy and Iggy already have blonde hair yet only Nudge has brown hair. Max has brown eyes like chocolate. Later the flock meets Dylan (who, according to Dr. Gunther-Hagen, is Max's 'perfect other half' ). Max begins to feel an attraction for Dylan. In Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel she and Dylan grow closer, confusing her feelings about Fang who begins to grow closer with Maya (AKA Max 2).

Max is one of the two members of the Flock who found her parents; Iggy is the other.Yet she is the only one to like her parents, Iggy leaving his after only a week or so. She was stunned when she learned that Jeb Batchelder (a "white coat" who helped them escape from the school and then raised them) is her father. Dr. Valencia Martinez is her biological mother. Max trusts Dr. Martinez completely, but remains wary of Jeb. She is also close to her half-sister, Dr. Martinez' daughter Ella. Max dislikes and somewhat likes Ari (Jeb's son), with whom she is constantly fighting until he joins her "mini-flock"(which consists of on Maxs side Angle,Ari,Nudge,and Total.And on Fangs side Gazzy and Iggy) for a short time after rescuing them from the School.When they (Max) rescue him from the School a short time later he expires.After that the flock gets back together.

Max has a Voice in her head, which gives her cryptic messages that she sometimes disregards. She initially feared that it was an enemy inside her, or someone from the School tracking the Flock. At one point Max believes the Voice to be Jeb Batchelder's; she is later disappointed when he assures her he is not the voice, but he can be. Max can fly faster than the others in the flock

In Angel, Max lets Dylan replace Fang. She was angry that Fang replaced her with her clone, and she figured out the clone's name was Maya. Also Fang created a new "flock" with all kinds of new talents. This deeply pains Max. There is also the doomsday group. They put a strange spell-like hypnosis on people so they act like zombies and believe in nothing but the "One Light". So, Max's flock and Fang's flock are forced to work together. Max and Fang fight almost nonstop, so this plan was not a success. In the end, Angel goes missing after a huge explosion.

She can fly uber fast, hitting speeds over 400 mph, unlike any other member of the flock. And in MAX, it turns out she has gills like Angel

Fang

Fang is 14 years old (15 in Fang). He is second in command of the Flock and Max's best friend (and later her boyfriend). He is able to virtually disappear by staying very still and quiet. He also develops "girl power" at the end of MAX. Fang almost always wears dark clothing and always seems to be sneaking up on Max. In "The Angel Experiment" he found out that the School took him after he was born when his mother put him up for adoption because she was too young to have a kid and was told he had died. He is somewhat reserved – the strong, silent type or tall, dark, and handsome – but cares deeply about the Flock. He is a very silent character and seems quite dark and mysterious, always hiding his feelings.

He runs a blog about the Flock's adventures that proves useful in several books. He has had one romantic relationship. In book 1, Max kisses Fang when he is injured. In School's Out Forever, he is seen kissing the "Red-Haired Wonder," Lissa. He and Max fight, and afterwards they make up.In "Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports" he kisses Max who flees with fright. In the Final Warning (book 4), Fang seems to like Dr. Brigid Dwyer, of whom worked with the Flock in their mission at Antarctica, and Max grows jealous. In MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel, Fang blows off dinner with Brigid and the scientists for a date with Max to eat kimchi and ice cream. By the end of the book it is confirmed that Fang and Max are a couple. Earlier in the series, when Ari joins the flock, Fang decides to lead half of the Flock and leaves Max. He later comes back, reuniting in an epic battle at the end of book 3 when Ari dies. Fang leaves the Flock again at the end of Fang because of Dylan, Max's "perfect other half", and because Angel has predicted that Fang would be the first to die. Knowing he would put the others in danger he leaves them all, leaving a note for Max explaining his decision to leave and that he will meet her in 20 years where they learned to fly like the hawks.

In Angel, Fang becomes the leader of a new flock. Ratchet, Star, Kate, Holden and Maya (Max's clone renamed) help him try to stop an evil organization called the Doomsday Group who follow a mysterious figure called the "One Light". When he realizes he cannot take them down on his own, he enlists the help of Max's Flock. Max and Fang seem to grow apart and start to like different people. Also, Fang starts having feelings for Maya because she is so much like Max. He then realizes though that Maya wants to be different than Max, and treats her differently. After the planned D-day, Fang leaves with his flock, leaving Max and her flock in the rubble of Paris, France searching for Angel who goes missing.

Fang can breathe underwater, and if he stands still he can blend in to his surroundings like a chameleon.

Iggy

Iggy is 14 (15 in Fang and "Angel"), but younger than Fang and Max. He is the most sarcastic member of the Flock, is 6' 4", has pale skin, strawberry blond hair, very light blue eyes, is handsome, has wingspan of over 14 feet, and is blind. It's revealed that his real name is James and next to Max, he's the only one who has met his parents. He considered leaving the Flock and living with them, but changed his mind once he found out his parents were going to use him as a publicity stunt for money. Due to the whitecoats' experiments to enhance his night vision, Iggy is effectively blind, though he can see if his surroundings are white. His powers include being able to "feel" colors and identify people by feeling their fingerprints and the feel of their wings. Despite his blindness, the Flock often leave things up to him that require precision or detail, such as cooking, doctoring and picking locks. His sense of hearing is also the best of the flock because of his blindness, although he always wants "the easy way out" of situations. He and Gazzy are best friends and have a habit of building bombs out of almost anything. His parents mention that his birth name is James Griffiths. So far Iggy is one of the characters who has not had a book named after him, besides Nudge and the Gasman.

Nudge

Nudge is an 11 year old (12 in Fang and Angel) African American and is brown haired, and has 'brown eyes like melted chocolate'.Her real name is revealed to be Monique and she actually managed to track down who she believes to be her mother, but never actually met her. The Flock calls her the Nudge Channel because when she's awake it's all Nudge all the time. Nudge can hack into computers with her ability to sense leftover emotions (psychometry) and can also draw metal to her by will. Nudge is described as Max's best supporter, the peace-maker, etc.

Gazzy

Gazzy, full name is the Gasman, is eight years old (nine in Fang and "Angel"). He is the biological brother of Angel, and they are the only "true" siblings of the Flock. He has a mischievous nature and makes fun of Max sometimes. He has a problem with his digestion, hence the nickname. He's an expert at constructing and setting off bombs and explosives, along with Iggy, whom he is closest to. He has blond hair and blue eyes and is Angel's older brother. It was revealed that his and Angel's parents sold them each to the School for $10,000 when they were both very young children. One of his powers is the ability to make a cloud of gas that will fill an entire room and smell so bad that it can make people almost pass out. Gazzy also has the ability to perfectly mimic any voice. Gazzy gets a picture of his parents when Max and Fang go check out what they think was Gazzy and Angels house; the Flock sees it many times accidentally and sometimes purposefully throughout the series. Gazzy has about a 10 ft wingspan.

Angel

Angel is six years old (seven in Fang and Angel). She has blue eyes and curly blond hair. She is also the biological sister of The Gasman (Gazzy),together they are the only biological siblings in the flock. She obtains seemingly random powers at random times, such as the ability to breathe underwater, talk to fish, and read and control minds. She acquires the ability to swim in deep water at pressures that would crush a normal human, change her appearance into a 'bird of paradise' form and change her skin and eye color, although after the initial introduction to this power it is never mentioned again. Though she may look innocent, she is actually very intelligent and dangerous. Her ability to control people's minds puts her in reach of extreme power. In Fang Angel believes that she is the strongest of the Flock, and holds a vote, temporarily kicking Max out of the group. She also has a 'Voice' in her head, like Max, but this is not revealed to the reader until Fang; the Flock does not know this. Angel is portrayed as calculating and ruthless in Fang, and has pointed a gun at Max to make enemies back off. In Angel, she seems to have mellowed out and helps Max to balance her feelings for Fang and Dylan. She appears to be content with her role and no longer bids for power, but advises Max. (Max is still suspicious of her.) In the end, she volunteers to go undercover in a new evil organization (The Dooms-Day Group). She goes missing after she and Gazzy fail to defuse a bomb, and the others think she is dead. In fact, she is being held captive in an unknown location, and is continually told she is 'most superior'. She is also a tomboy, but she also enjoys shopping and girly things along with Nudge.

Dylan

Dylan is an avian-human hybrid who joins the Flock in Fang. He is said to be Max's 'perfect other half,' causing Max to refer to him as 'Mr. Perfect.' He is described as being over six feet tall with a 15-foot wingspan, and handsome with dark-blond hair and turquoise eyes. He is in love with Max and was 'programmed' to feel that way. Because of this, he and Fang never see eye-to-eye. Dylan nearly dies at the end of Fang after a failed suicide attempt using a hypodermic needle. He is described as extremely attractive and has a beautiful singing voice. He too was made in a lab, from a clone of a boy who had died. He is 8 months old in Fang. He learns how to fly when Max teaches him, by pushing him off a roof. In Angel Max realizes that he has copied her fighting style. In the excerpt for James Patterson's new novel Angel, Max and Dylan share a kiss in the air after Max is seen by Dylan, missing Fang. Later in the story, Dylan and Max kiss twice in Paris, France. In Angel, Dylan still hates Fang for everything he's done. His relationship with Max is complicated, but she does actually start to like him. In Fang he is portrayed as somewhat meek, but appears to grow a backbone, even arguing with Max in Angel. The most notable argument in Angel starts at the beginning of the book with Dylan and Max arguing about how miserable Max has been since Fang left her.

Dylan can heal himself almost instantly by putting some of his saliva on the wound and putting pressure on it. He has super-vision (once he saw the International Space Station from the Flock's house). He can sing songs that get them out of situations occasionally (twice). Also, Dylan can see things before they happen.

Total

Total is a black Scottie whom Angel saves from the Institute at the end of The Angel Experiment. He is described to have the characteristics of a Scottish Terrier. When Total is rescued from the Institute, he is described as Total from The Wizard Of Oz, which would make him a Cairn Terrier. Total's character is not fully developed until School's Out – Forever, when it is discovered that he has the ability to talk. He is usually the funny one in the flock. In the end of Fang, Total marries Akila, an Alaskan Malamute whom he met in Antarctica. He is shot in the tail in "Max" but remains mostly unharmed. He is known to be a fan of culture, including theatre and cuisine. He has the ability to jump to great heights, and eventually grows his own tiny wings.

Jeb Batchelder

Jeb Batchelder is a brilliant scientist. He used to work at the School where the Flock was experimented on. He rescues the Flock and brings them to the mountains in Colorado, where he raises them for two years. Jeb then disappears, leaving the Flock alone to fend for themselves. The Flock thinks Jeb is dead, but he reappears in later books. In The Angel Experiment, the flock discovers Jeb back at the School when they are recaptured. This initially leads the Flock to believe he is a traitor, but he later comes back to the Flock and helps them on numerous occasions. Jeb is Ari's and Max's biological father. Max does not trust him after discovering his identity. Jeb is shot in the sixth book, but he is shown to be making a steady recovery. Though Jeb and Dr. Martinez are Max's biological parents, there is a professional-only relationship between them,going as far as Max trusting her mom(who trusts Jeb). Jeb donated his chromosomes, which were matched with those of Dr. Martinez to create Max. In Angel, Jeb tells Max she needs to breed with Dylan after the world ends, and later goes missing with Max's mom. Once Max thought Jeb was the Voice in her head, but in The Final Warning he reveals he "can do the voice, but isn't the voice"

The Erasers

The half-human, half-wolf 'Erasers' were bred by the School to be guards, but their bigger mission later involves hunting down and even killing the members of the Flock. They are part wolf, super-human strength, and eventually gain wings that are crudely grafted onto their shoulder blades. Jeb's son, Ari (who was turned into an Eraser at a very young age), is one of the last to die when Itex 'retires' all the Erasers and replaces them with the 'Flyboys.' The Erasers are originally killed off because they expire, but Erasers make a surprise appearance in Fang when they attack all of the flock but Max and Fang, who are not at the house with the others. It is believed that when Itex was disbanded, some scientists took Eraser DNA with them, creating these new Erasers, though they are never mentioned after the events of the surprise battle. They are always armed, but rarely use their weapons in the later novels (after The Angel Experiment).

Ari Batchelder

Ari is Jeb's son who was turned into an Eraser when Jeb was helping The Flock escape from the school. He is also Max's younger half brother since they have the same father, Jeb. When Ari was only three,the whitecoats used him as an experiment to see if erasers would be stronger if they were mutated after birth. The wolf DNA turned Ari into a "super-eraser" although he is always partially morphed. In Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, Max and Fang get into a fight because after Ari broke them out of The School, Max was convinced that he was no longer evil. The Flock splits up: Max, Nudge, Angel, Total, and Ari go to Europe; Fang, Iggy, and Gazzy go to Hollywood. Max and the gang go to ITEX where there is a super-mutant named Omega. Ari tries to help Max fight him, but then his expiration date kicks in and he suddenly dies. He only lived until he was seven.

Dr. Gunther-Hagen

Another scientist the Flock meet. Max is constantly making fun of his name, calling him things like Dr. G-H, Dr. Haagen-Dazs,Dr. God, etc. Dr. Gunther- Hagen is one of the scientists that created Dylan, wrote a book, and makes the shocking suggestion that Max and Dylan should come to live with him to Germany in order to "breed" or create the start of Max's "dynasty". He also has some special abilities such as instantly healing from illnesses and regenerating small extremidies, such as fingers.

He created Dylan and was his caretaker until Dylan joined the Flock.

Reception

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment received generally positive reviews. The School Library Journal called the book an "exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but still a compelling read".[6] Booklist described it as an "an action-packed cross between Gertrude Chandler Warner's Boxcar Children and Marvel Comics' X-Men.[6] John Ritchie of the ALAN Review wrote a negative review, saying that Patterson "slips in his attempt to write an action-adventure series for kids". He called the book "filled with every possible comic book/Saturday morning cartoon cliche" and described Patterson's writing style as "uneasy" and Max's dialogue as "horribly fake".[7] In January 2010, the webcomic Penny Arcade poked fun at James Patterson based on the description found on the back of the first book.[8][9]

The second book, Maximum Ride: School's Out- Forever"[10] was criticized the story for being "disappointingly anticlimactic and violent," though it praised the character of Total for being "sure to entertain."[10] 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."[10] It also mentioned that fans of the first book would be "delighted"[10] with the sequel. Erin Collazo Miller from About.com praised the "fast-paced" novel, "fun characters," and "interesting premise," but criticized the characters and plot lines for "lack of depth and development."[11] The review said that "[a]fter 400+ pages, readers may wish they were a little further into the plot and that more of their questions had been answered."[11]

Other works

OEL manga

Illustrated by NaRae Lee and released by Yen Press, the first chapter of the original English-language manga adaptation came out in July 2008 in the magazine Yen Plus. A free 22-page preview was released on Free Comic Book Day (May 3, 2008).[12] The first volume of the series was released on January 27, 2009, the second volume was released on October 27, 2009, and the third volume was released on August 17, 2010, with a fourth volume released in April 2011 and six more volumes expected to be published.[13]

Film adaptation

In September 2007, it was announced that a film would be created based on the Maximum Ride series. James Patterson will be the executive producer.[14] Avi Arad, (Spider-Man, X-Men) will also produce alongside Steven Paul.[14][15] In an interview with James Patterson, it was revealed that Arad has already planned out the first two movies.[16] On August 7, 2008, it was announced that Columbia Pictures bought the screen rights to the franchise. The film was slated for a 2013 release.[17] Catherine Hardwicke will direct the first movie, with Don Payne writing the script.[14] In January 2010 it was announced that the film will go into pre-production. Hardwicke asked for a script rewrite to include more action in the film, delaying its release until 2013. However, in February 2011, the Maximum Ride Facebook page posted that "The Maximum Ride Movie is Coming – In 3D!" and asked its Facebook fans who they would like to play Max in the movie.[18]

References

  1. ^ The Angel Experiment at Amazon.co.uk
  2. ^ The Final Warning at Amazon.co.uk
  3. ^ Amazon.com: The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, Book 4): James Patterson: Books
  4. ^ Max-dan-wiz.com
  5. ^ http://www.ahlbackagency.com/wp-content/uploads/eala_guides/LBYRRightsGuideBologna2011.pdf
  6. ^ a b Amazon.com: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment: James Patterson: Books: Editorial Reviews
  7. ^ Barnes and Noble.com: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment: James Patterson: Books
  8. ^ "A Comprehensive Education". Penny Arcade. January 13, 2010. http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/1/13/. 
  9. ^ "A Comprehensive Education (comic)". Penny Arcade. January 13, 2010. http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/1/13/. 
  10. ^ a b c d http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0316155594/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books
  11. ^ a b Miller, Erin Collazo. "Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever - Book Review". About.com. http://bestsellers.about.com/od/fictionreviews/gr/MaximumRide2.htm. 
  12. ^ A 7-page preview was also released in the first paperback edition of The Final Warning. Aoki, Deb (April 10, 2008). "First Look: James Patterson's Maximum Ride Manga". About.com. http://manga.about.com/b/2008/04/10/first-look-james-pattersons-maximum-ride-manga.htm. 
  13. ^ "MAXIMUM RIDE story by James Patterson, art by Na Rae Lee". Yen Press. http://yenpress.us/?page_id=444. 
  14. ^ a b c "Catherine Hardwicke Takes Maximum Ride". ComingSoon.net. March 17, 2009. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=53768. 
  15. ^ Maximum Ride - The Film
  16. ^ "Books: Maximum Ride". Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071011041640/http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_max.html. 
  17. ^ Fleming, Michael (August 7, 2008). "Columbia takes 'Maximum Ride'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117990239.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2562. 
  18. ^ "The Maximum Ride Movie is Coming!". facebook.com. February 25, 2011. http://www.facebook.com/maximumride/posts/10150105329937170. 

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