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The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1)

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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  151,141 ratings  ·  7,461 reviews
From the bestselling author James Patterson comes the stunning, breathtaking start to the blockbuster series! Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they a ...more
Audio CD, First Edition, 413 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Warner Vision Books (first published April 11th 2005)
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Joe
Jan 13, 2014 Joe rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: individuals with a high tolerance for bad writing
Now this is a terrible book.

Written with all the wit and grace of a one-legged puppy, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment reveals its intentions within the first chapter alone. This is not a book of striking prose or even serviceable but entertaining MOR lit. It is merely a cash cow, another mindless series designed to appeal to reluctant readers. It is, in a word, soulless.

Maximum Ride follows the adventures of six children, each of whom is the product of a genetic experiment: they are 98% human
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Jenny
OK. I thought this was going to be a lame cheese fest. I mean, James Patterson? I know kids seem to like the series OK, and even a couple adults have recommended it to me. But I figured it wasn't my bag.
I'm not sure why. Genetically engineered mutant kids with wings escaping from evil scientists and fighting super strong werewolf-like soldiers. What's not to like? I couldn't put it down. Fast paced, exciting, kind of horrifying and a lot better written than I expected. I'm totally reading the n
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Allison
Take a bit of the child-like innocence vs. evil of Harry Potter, some of the artificially-created destiny from Ender's Game, throw in the flying fantasies from Eragon and mix them in with Patterson's trademark flippant characterization, and you've got Maximum Ride.

This is the book I'm going to recommend when everyone's recovering from the end of Harry Potter later this month. Really. It's that good. And the best part is there are two more books after this one. There's already a waiting list for
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Angelc
This book was okay, but I just felt like it didn't have a lot of substance. I didn't really take anything away from it, almost like it didn't have a lot of deep meaning. And it wasn't terribly entertaining, either. I just would have liked the characters to be a little deeper, I guess. I doubt I will read the rest of the series.

Reviewed for: http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com/
Helen
I want you, the reader, to take a moment and scroll down to the lists this novel has been shelved in. “Best Young Adult Books,” “Best Books Ever,” “What To Read After Harry Potter,” “Best Female Lead Characters,” and “Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books”. If you haven’t guessed by the titles, these are pretty big and popular lists. If you click into them and view the lists, you will see that this book is pretty high up the ranks. And if you looked behind the book, you’ll see raving review a ...more
Denae Christine
Max is a sarcastic and tough teen with amazing wings. She's leader of her flock of bird kids, and they work hard to stay away from the troublesome adult scientists. Max struggles to keep her flock together, discover her destiny, and save the world while she's at it.
Finding their parents would be a nice bonus, too, if only the whitecoats would stop trying to kill them.

Sadly, only the first 3 books of the series is good.
Jane
Dec 04, 2013 Jane rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans twelve years and up
One of my students recommended this book, and while I was intrigued by the premise, and the fact that the protagonist is a female action hero, I found the dialogue beyond basic (only an adult would imagine that kids really communicate like this) and the plot was a liitle repetitious. it's part of a trilogy - but I don't care enough about these characters to read more.
Jared Vincent Lacaran
This is a really terrible book. It's even worse than the whole Twilightand Eragon series combined together. The plot is extremely obnoxious, it features cardboard characters, and it has awfully absurd twists. It's dialogues are really horrible, like an old man trying very hard to sound young. this book is very,very,very badly written. A 12 year old could probably do better. The battle scenes, if you could call them that, are also poorly written and not realistic. Not even in the least. This book ...more
Mario
Warning:
If you dare to read his story,
you become part of the Experiment.
I know that sounds a little mysterious-
but it’s all I can say right now.
-Max


I read a lot of Patterson adult thrillers, and after a while, I kind of got bored of him (I mean how many sequels can a book have?!). So, with that said, I had really low expectations for this one, but the book really took me by surprise. This book is just pure fun. 400 pages of action packed fun, that leaves you wanting more. I also found out that I
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Sella Malin
Whoa!!! This book is sooo good. It's really, really, REALLY fast-paced and action-packed. Even the very first chapter throws you headfirst into straight-on action. It's a very easy read, with short chapters that flow right into the other with cliffhangers. It's not something you can start/stop reading; once you start, there's no turning bag. You're dragged into the story from the very first page, willingly or not, and nothing can tear you from the book- only forceful things, like school, homewor ...more
Hope
Feb 27, 2010 Hope rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with any sense of humor or adventure.
Recommended to Hope by: Jensen Schlabach
The only reason this book doesn't get five stars from me is because I'm so confused by some things. But I liked it A LOT. A lot a lot.

First, I didn't feel like it really went anywhere. It's like you can tell it's trying to go somewhere but it's not really doing it.
Basically, this book was just full of the flock running, getting caught, running, getting beat up, running, getting chased by the cops, running... Over and over. After a while it was kind of predictable (not to mention painful). It t
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Jennifer Carafa
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Title: The Angel Experiment

Author: James Patterson

Series: Maximum Ride #1

Rating:

Summary: In James Patterson's blockbuster series, 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
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Emily May

Nothing massively wrong with it but the writing was just way too young for me.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Alright, I thought the narration on this book was way cheesy initially. But, like the bookcrazy girl I am who is a sucker for a good story, I got sucked in.

This book is many things:

*Fun aimed at kids, but fun that an adult who isn't terribly cynical and superior could enjoy.
*Penetrating, insightful look at human nature and society (don't laugh--it is).
*Utterly disturbing view of the unscrupulous applications of modern science. I truly did feel my stomach lurch at some of the experimentation on
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Stephen
1.5 stars. On the "plus" side, this novel has a very interesting premise and the book was a very fast read. On the "negative" side, there is not a whole lot of substance to the story and the character development is weak. I was really hoping that the author would do something really great with the very cool concept of children genetically enhanced with avain DNA, but it just didn't happen. Bottom-line, the book, while not horrible, was one I really didn't like.
Iris
This is my first James Patterson, so I'm not entirely sure about his writing style, but I guess the way he's written this book was as if it was the protagonist. Patterson writes in the voice of the girl hero Maximum Ride, and ends mostly with small cliffhangers, which compels the readers to continue reading. (I couldn't really put it down; I kept wanting to find out what happened to the characters.)
Patterson didn't only place small cliffhangers at the end of the chapters, he added a huge one for
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
- I need to go on a re-reviewing spree soon. Gosh, my old review made me sound like a huge idiot. YAY. This will be fun. -
Phrynne
I usually really enjoy YA books but this one was more young than it was adult and occasionally irritating because of that. Initially I thought I had picked up the series on the second book because of constant references to what has happened before. I ended up wondering why the author had not started his story at the beginning. His characters were also very poorly drawn which made it difficult to be concerned about any of them. The story did become reasonably exciting and I read through to the en ...more
Shirley
Summary: Genetically engineered Max and her friends are 98% human and 2% bird. An adventure story about young adults struggling to survive and discovering whom they are and why they were created along the way.

Personal Response: A very fun and engaging book. I do not know of anyone that has not dreamed they could fly. The characters are enjoyable and the special bond they have with each other and feel they're longing to belong to a family engages you. The characters make the reader think about wh
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Six kids. Max, Fang, Angel, Nudge, Iggy, and the Gasman. All mutants who had escaped from the School, a lab full of insane scientists, many years ago. But they've been found again, and one of their flock, the young Angel, was kidnapped.
And they'll do anything to get her back.
Thus begins a whirlwind of action, adventure, discovering new things, violence, pain, and secrets. But all of this leads Max back to one thing: She has to save the world.

The writing style irritated me at first, but it got
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Ismael guerra
this book is such a great book, i really enjoyed reading this book. there is not a single moment when your not at the edge of your chair when reading this book. all it deals of is a flock of kids who were subjects of experiments but when they escape they left part human part avian. this book is filled with non-stop action and thrills as the flock struggle for survival against erasers, group of half human half canine hunters, who threaten their very existence. this book is one of my favorites and ...more
Mith
A bizarre plot with a terrible beginning. Without any sort of background we are plunged into action. It works for Riordan but unfortunately not here. Could not bring myself to read past the first 20 pages.

P.S - Mr. Patterson? Kids do NOT speak like that. You just sound like an adult trying too hard to talk in a way he thinks kids these days might talk.
Bad sentence formation just now, you say? Yeah, that about sums up your book.
Elisa
Oct 07, 2008 Elisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This was my favorite book series so far. It's about a fourteen year old girl who has wings and grows up in a lab. She and her "flock" (AKA family) escape from the lab.
Marian
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOK SERIES IN THE UNIVERSE OF HUMAN (AND OTHER) KIND!!!!!! yeah.....IM NOT OBSESIVE!! read them....
Jonathan

I read The Angel Experiment several years ago, back when the Maximum Ride series was first beginning. It was recommended to me by a friend and I thought that it might be a worthy imaginative children's fiction novel (what is now coming to be dominated by YA novels).

I found that again, as with other YA novels, it was a work of fiction with a strong idea yet poor execution. Now, I do love some works of fiction where the ideas are brilliant and the execution could be a touch better. For instance M
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Mizuki
Do Not Finish at page 145.

I want to finish this book, but after a while I remember life is too short for reading one crappy book after another.

If I read The Angel Experiment when I was 12 year old, I guess I would have been oh-so impressed.

But readers who possess the mental maturity of a 13 years old or above are free to skip this book.

And James Patterson, I'm blacklisting you. I will not read any other of your books. Trick me one, shame on you; trick me twice, shame on me.
bookczuk
Years ago, I read a James Patterson book called When the Wind Blows. It was about a "school" where human dna was combined with various animals. The story followed the bird kids and their human friends and enemies. This book takes up on that theme, though is aimed at a young crowd. Patterson wrote the whole Maximum Ride series for his son Jack, and there's now a cult like following on the internet.

This is the first in the series (all of which I have now read, and I've gone back to read the origi
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pipkinie
Tehehe i just finished it yesterday, an awsome adventure and i can't wait to read the other books!
Amy
This is one of those books that is aimed at an audience younger than I prefer to read. I'm disappointed because I'd heard so many recommendations about this series. But, after reading this one, I can tell you I won't be giving the rest a try. Basically, from the beginning, the author didn't make the kids believable. Then, you throw in ridiculous oversights like the fact that no one ever saw them out flying around except when it was intentionally revealed or the fact that these kids, who were she ...more
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