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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 ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 256 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Yen Press
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Robbie
I have to review this both in relation to the original, and by its own. Tough!

Anyway, the story is still amazing and captivating, so points there.

It's an American original manga that they hired a Korean to write. It is definitely MANGA and not GRAPHIC NOVEL, especially considering it was serialized first in Yen Magazine. However, it does read left to right.

I feel like a little bit of the internal feelings/thinking is lost in this version over the original, which is interesting because many Jap
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Hayden
Feb 17, 2011 Hayden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Maximum ride and manga fans
Recommended to Hayden by: My best friend :)
I DID NOT GET MY NICKNAME FROM MAXIMUM RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a great manga adaption of the MAXIMUM RIDE series. I read the first book by James patterson ages ago, and after reading this, I don't remember the manga leaving anything out. The only character that came out as I imagined was Gazzy. And the first thing that struck me when I began reading this was - WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH FANG'S HAIR???!!! HE LOOKS LIKE A GIRL!!!!!!
Yes, that was my reaction. It was my friends' reaction too. I
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Anzuai
Ok, let me first say something: I picked up this book knowing nothing about it, and because I was desperate to read something new. And I absolutely loved it!
This is the manga version of the original book for Young Adults (mainly) by James Patterson, and it's very skillfully transformed into the new format. Excellent art, brilliant dialogue and characters so real you feel they might just jump off the page!
Before I go into a bit more detail, if you're thinking of buying this book then DO IT!! Bu
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Margaryta
Wow. That's all I can say about this book.
I had put it on hod at the library and went over to pick it up along with the second book, since I couldn't get my hands on the chapter book yet, and man am I happy that I picked it up.

This series has everything - a refreshing cast of characters that are funny and adventurous and all those other things that other characters lack, and for once, they are realistic, not cliche like Bella and Edward and the whole crappy cast from Twilight is. The art is grea
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Michelle. D.
Pretty good manga for a white man. LOL

I am so used to maangas being right to left that I got confused some times while reading this book. LOL
The book was entertaining overall and I'd recommend it to anyone who is willing.

I LOVE IGGGGGGYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
He's just so awesome.
CHEESEBURGER
i did not get what was going on
Donna
This was my first manga book and it will probably be my last (except for the Labyrinth ones, I'm still seriously considering getting those). First, can someone please tell me how 'manga' is pronounced? I keep saying it like the Italian word for 'eat.' I've also pronounced pilates like pee-lats because I'd never heard it pronounced before. Can someone help me out here?

The thing is, I don't know what's normal for manga and what isn't. It's not like reading a comic book/graphic novel. I like comics
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Leanne Bell
Alas, I really wanted to love this but sadly I couldn't.
The story itself is the same as the book, for those who don't know anything about the maximum ride books here's the link to my review of the first novel: http://magicofreading.blogspot.com/20...

I didn't have a problem with the story because it wasn't altered at all, but I did have a couple of other issues.
My first niggle was that for quite a long Manga it didn't cover a lot of ground and yes I do get that it is Manga and that it is supposed
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Fredrik
Sampai sekarang aku belum pernah baca novel aslinya, hahaha.
Padahal aku udah koleksi nomor 1-4, keluaran GPU yang udah didiskon super murah sekarang.

Nah, ketemu manga yang versi bahasa Inggris ini didiskon murah banget juga di Periplus. ^^
Setelah baca, baru ngeh... oooh Maximum Ride ternyata isinya begini toh... :D

Btw, apakah isi manga ini mencakup seluruh isi novel pertamanya? Sampai endingnya, maksudku. --> masih belum akan sempat baca novelnya dalam waktu dekat (.___.)
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
OMG!!! I <3'D IT! It was so awesome to see Max Ride in manga. The manga definitely does the book justice, plot-wise. The characters weren't exactly how I pictured them -- I mean, wth is up with Fang? He looks like a creepy girl ... But ANYWAY, it was still cool, and I can't wait for the rest of the manga to come out. ^_^
Rachel Olivia
this was amazing. i've never read manga before, but i liked this a lot. the only thing was that there was more swear words than in the books. and that was annoying. mi sister wants to read this but i dont think she will cuz of tht. *shakes head sadly*

anyway. i really liked it and can't wait for the second one
N.T. Embe
Jan 05, 2014 N.T. Embe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of James Patterson's works and people who don't mind very little depth to their reads.
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: Barnes and Noble
Shelves: manga

I remember when I first picked up this manga, my interest was raised by the title. It's an unusual one, to be certain, and once I looked at the cover, I fell in love with the dynamic art style and beautiful coloration of the art. I remember flipping it open in the Barnes and Noble and reading through the first few pages before I realized I was actually reading the book already. It flew by, a light and easy read without too much thought and the most basic of content, especially as far as reading
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Librarysteph
Maximum Ride by James Patterson was adapted into manga format by Narae Lee. The series was recommended to me when I was looking for books about playing with genetics. I've been trying to familiarize myself with graphic novels and manga so I read the adaptation rather than the original text.

Maximum Ride is a genetically altered young woman with wings, raising younger teens and children who escaped with her from a facility known as "the school". The youngest and most beloved child in her care is k
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Talyn
Oct 09, 2011 Talyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Maximum Ride, lazy people like me who don't want to read the series
I don't know why, but Maximum Ride and its author, James Patterson, never really appealed to me. My classmates devoured the series in 6th grade but I just had a problem with the idea, the prose, everything. I am adamant for this stance. I have only read one book by J.P. and it was Swimsuit. But that was only because I needed my psycho-sexual-maniac fix.

But introducing Maximum Ride to me in a way I can understand.. in manga , or American-fused manga style, is what made me say "alright, let's get
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Jess
For all my vitriol towards this series, I'm shocked to admit it works as a graphic novel. The constant action makes sense, the more ridiculous plot holes are glossed over, Max doesn't explain every literary device to the reader, and. Patterson should be down on his knees, praising Lee's artwork for turning his bland, hackneyed rip-off into something sincere and entertaining.

If I had read the graphic adaptation first, I might have plowed through this series. As it is, Volume 1 only covers the fir
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Juliette E
The book Maximum Ride is really good because it is a story about six kids that are half bird and half human.I liked this book because in the book they show teamwork with their family and they have a big accomplishment to do all together because it is not supposed to be done. To me this book rating is a 5 out of 5 becaus i wee once you read it you cant stop that is how good it is. My other friend read this book in less than a day it was amazing because she doesnt like reading that much. I didnt k ...more
Jessica Kwan
This was a very nice visual/graphic novel of the actual book by James Patterson. Although this was only a graphic novel portrayal of Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment, you could already tell that NaRae Lee really stuck to the story and didn't add much of her own opinions or perceptions into the story except for the brilliant, imaginative, artistic creations of Fang, Iggy, Gazzy(Gasman), Nudge, Max, and Angel. Unlike most graphic novels of series, NaRae Lee paid careful attention to every detail of ...more
Laura
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Ashleigh
One big review for all the Maximum Ride: Manga series! Or at least what I've read thus far.
Where the books, written by James Patterson, are good, they're not good enough to hold my attention much past The Angel Experiment, i.e. book one. It's a terrible thing when you're trying to read a series you think has a strong storyline, but just can't get through it for one reason or another- I think my main beef with Patterson was that the dialogue and writing started to suffer, he was being paid to pro
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Nicholas Wallenhorst
Maximum Ride is one of the best series I have every read in my life!! It starts out as regular kids that started being experimented on and was turn into a human bird thing!! Well its like the kids with wings. The kids names are Maximum Ride, Fang, Izze, Angel, and Gazzy and they grew up with there so called "dad" until they find out he's just a scientist and he wants to do a huge other experiment on them. They refuse and fly away never to think of him as family again. Over the course of time the ...more
Julie
Maximum ride is a book series about a girl that is supposed to save the world. I read the first volume to this series. In this book Max and a group of kids she calls her flock escape from a place called The School. This place is a science lab that experiments on humans and animals. Max and her flock are special because they have wings and can fly. People from The School are always trying to catch Max and her flock. One of the people trying to catch her is her brother who is part wolf and part h ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Well, it does make sense to read vol. 1 then the others. Instead of vice versa since, I did just that and now I'm like, ohhh so that's what happens or that's how this started and wait, that's quite the coincidence that she met this or its foreshadowed about this or that. And yeah I won't say anymore except this is a pretty good start to the series as you'll get to know the characters and what's in store for them later on. Good set up.
Woodlandbaton94
This manga adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride was by far one of the coolest mangas I've ever read.

I've always liked manga/anime in the first place, (the eyes are so adorable!!!) but the fact that they went and took a book that was absolutely amazing in the first place and went and made it a manga is beyond awesome.

The rest of what I liked about it, I'll put on a review for the actual book.
Tapestrymlp
It was interesting to see an adaption of Patterson's book into a Manga format. I can't say I enjoyed the translation. The book is very visual and filled with imagery, however a lot of the story's coherence was lost in the transition from novel to graphic novel. The action feels choppy. I honestly think the cover is the best part of the manga book. Sad but true.

The way the characters are portrayed irked me. Nudge is only 10, however she looks like she's pushing 16 or the world's bustiest 10-year
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Autumn
When I first heard of Maximum Ride, it was over the internet and I was trying to find some good Manga books to read. A friend mentioned this and I'd heard of it, but thought they were demons or something bad like that.

Years later, I was at my library when I saw it. I read the book then checked in with Mom. She wasn't to thrilled, but she let me try it. Five chapters in, I was addicted to it. My grandparents even said they knew James Patterson's works and said to keep reading it. Eventually, I st
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Austin Parker
It was the best Manga I have ever read, it was pretty intense and it kept me on the edge of my seat, I recommend this to all anime lovers
Noore
I haven't read the original book yet, however I think I will just stick with the manga because first of all, I love art and the illustrations of the book is simply amazing. The way NaRae Lee draws each character's emotions is very precise, her art style is amazing and unique, it makes me smile every time. Secondly, I personally do not follow action scenes in text very well, I get confused and lost in the middle and then feel really bad I just missed something extremely cool. Having everything sh ...more
Vanessa Montalvo
Have you ever seen a bird fly no wait have you ever seen a human being have wings that makes them fly up and fight.Well if you haven't in this book you will see 6 people with wings. And some other people are chasing them so it will be hard to hide from humans that dont have wings. The genre is science fiction.

The setting of this book is in Arizona. There is a were wolf and he try to get one of the human birds. And the name of the person that they are trying to get is called angel but angel is n
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Lilly
I liked the beginning of this series in book form, and the manga is actually really cool to read. It visualizes everything I could only ever picture in my head. But I hate that it's backwards. Well. Backwards is a relative term. But it's backwards as far as manga goes. As a comic book, it's forward, but it's manga sized, so is it backwards or forwards? These are the questions....
Triba
This manga is a really good adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. What's great about it is that even if you haven't already read the original books, you still get the main plot from it. Me reading this manga was kind of a piece of luck, and made me fall in love with the written versions as well. The manga art work completely drew me in, and it has everything inside of it that the amazing cover promises. Even though it isn't in the traditional Japanese reverse style layout as other ...more
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