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Max: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride #5)

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Maximum Ride and the other members of the flock have barely recovered from their last Arctic adventure, when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone--or something--is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the flock to help them get to the bottom ...more
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Published March 16th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Kristen
Oh no…the Maximum Ride books have officially turned "eco-friendly". What happened to all the crazy mad scientist stuff? "Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone--or something--is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government..." I read that in the description of this book on some website…Hmm, first it goes global warming––save the polar bears! Now…its saving fish……Anyone else miss the Erasers? I want the whole flock-running-for-their-lives-from ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Okay, I officially spent two hours of my life reading the fifth Maximum Ride installment. I was very disappointed by the fourth one in particular, and a little bit so by the third. So, I sat down with MAX with no expectations whatsoever, because I wasn't going to allow myself to be disappointed by it. That was a good idea, because it wasn't all that good. Was it horrible? No ... But it wasn't great. It was better than the fourth, but -- of course -- it was nowhere near being as good as the first ...more
Tricia
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Leanne
i do not think it will be as good as the first three, the fourth was a let down. i personally like max better when shes on the run and kicking eraser/flyboy butt rather than saving the world
Anne Osterlund
Max is off to save the world. Again. This time on a submarine.

I know; you’re in shock.

My favorite parts of this book included . . .
a. Progress in the romance department—always a good thing.
b. The B.S. training aka Max and the flock whipping the pants off a certain navy training program that is supposed to take umpteen days and is completed by said bird kids in less than 24 hours.
c. Did I mention, progress in the romance department?
Sella Malin
Ergh. This book SUCKS. It's not as bad as the fourth one, but it's still really crappy.

There is no plot. There are just a bunch of random subplots that are stupid, full of holes, and that have nothing to do with each other. There's just all these action scenes that have absolutely no point whatsoever. They're not even done well. This book is basically a soap opera - a really badly done one with an attempt at action. Lol.

The ending was really stupid. It was really abrupt and sudden. Max just resc
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(´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´)
"Max" is the fifth book in The Maximum Ride Novels. This book is written for a younger audience (perhaps eight to fourteen-year-olds) but adults will fall in love with the characters too. My favorites are Max and Angel. As the oldest, Max sees herself as the leader who must look after the younger ones. However, she finds herself becoming distracted as she realizes she has feelings for Fang another member of the flock. Angel is the precocious six-year-old who, like typical six-year-olds, does wha ...more
Jenny
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Seth
I am sure that I might throw this at the wall while in the process of reading . . . Machine Geeks? Come on, Patterson, the Erasers were cooler than that. At least they actually FIGHT something in this one . . . I hope there will be some fang+max stuff . . . save the fish! not really though . . . it looks so gay . . . what happened to itex? i don't think they resolved everything of that matter in the first 3 books . . . i want some good stuff here! okay now i am just venting about how sucky they ...more
Olivia
Oh my god, I LOVE this series, it is soooooooooo epic. I also love The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Alex Rider, The GateKeepers, Dreamhouse Kings, Danial X, Witch and Wizard, Gone, Leven Thumps, H.I.V.E., Sisters Grimm, The Secret Series, The 39 Clues, Pendragon, The Cronos Chronicles, and a lot of other stuff, but that's just right off the top of my head.
Kalessin
Ugh. Don't get me wrong- I loved the first three Maximum Ride books, when Patterson only intended them to be a trilogy. But the past two books have gone from bad to worse. Remember when the flock fought, oh, maybe ten or twelve savage Erasers at a time? Remember when every day was a struggle just to survive, when everyone was an enemy- especially the average, wingless Joe walking down the street? Now the flock takes down a thousand robots without breaking a sweat, and fights to save not only the ...more
Kadbury(Young Readers)
I don't know what has happened to this series??

After Book #3
WHICH WAS AWESOME by the way,the series has deteriorated. I couldn't even get myself to finish this one and book #4 was ok but not good!

The story


I'm sorry but what is happening??

Suddenly the focus is shifting to Global Warming and where are the criminals coming from and WHY are Max and Fang not together yet?? A little birdy told me (the spoiler could spoil the next books for you ) (view spoiler)
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Reading Vacation
Maximum Ride = Marvelous Reading

As leader of her Flock, Max is tough and resilient. This bird girl does not give up on her mission to save the world and protect her Flock. She does it all with flair and a sarcastic edge. Despite endless betrayals and growing up in a lab, Max shows that she can have a soft side too.

The members of Max’s Flock are tight and they each have unique talents. Fang can disappear if he sits still long enough. Iggy sees everything in white. Nudge is magnetic. The Gasman is
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Sarah Parker
The 5th book was not as good as the first 3.(and the 4TH was better than this one!)It was was better than most books I have read but compared to the 1st 4 it was boring.

So I hope the 6th is better than the rest!

-Max Out
Travsssss!!!
Apr 22, 2009 Travsssss!!! rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure lovers
Recommended to Travsssss!!! by: My sister
I loved this book! It was the fifth and final instalmant in the Maximum Ride series. The book picks up right where the fourth one left off. It has Max and the flock flying around doing air shows to help raise awareness of what is happening. The kids get shot at and are forced to leave. They go through the book stuggling with their wings and special gifts, discovering new talents and trying to get through life with out getting killed.
Max's mom, Doctor Martinez gets kidnapped and it's up to Max
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GSGS
OK. Prepare for a rant.

Starting off with the positives - this was better than the Final Warning.

Moving onto the negatives...
-The whole thing is random and not relevant to the rest of the series. I mean, we heard basically NOTHING about Erasers and scientists. It was just the random Mr Chu, and some random underwater pollution thing.
-Mr Patterson, we hate pollution, global warming and all that crap as much as you do. However, that does not mean we want books about it. We get it - we should be
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Amanda
After The Final Warning, I was really concerned for the Maximum Ride series. So concerned that I was pretty surprised when I saw that a new book was coming out in the series. However, Patterson pleasantly surprised me with the fifth book in the Maximum Ride series, Max. Instead of being preached at or being walked through some cliche story, I was treated to a fresh new adventure that breathed new life into the series.

At the opening of Max, Max and her fellow bird children have joined an organiza
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Arielle
It's not like I expected much from this; the only reason I read it was because it was just sitting there at the library, and I had a couple of hours to kill.

The flock really isn't doing anything anymore, and they've really devolved from fairly badass characters into mushy, cliched, idiotic teenagers. Come on, Patterson! If I can have some sort of coherent thought process, can't MAX!?

I've actually gone through the first three books after reading the stupid-fest that was Max. Were they even writte
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Yue [Wonder of living]
To be frank, this book was a pile of dog poop.
Yes.
Dog. Poop.

Please. Don't hate on me. I really did love Max.
Well... until the third book.
GAH. FAAAAANG! *wails*

*gets a serious look*
Oookay, I'm going to be serious now. It's been what, one, two years since I read this book, so stuff are gonna be fuzzy.

Soooo... Starting off.
This series should've ended on the third book. Really. Final Warning was god-awful. I almost puked. YES. PUKED.

(Oh my, I'll bet the Max fans are puking now.)

Hahaha. Wasn't tha
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Xerxes Break(Vivian Ephona)
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Darlene
I so want to be Angel!!!!! I loved this book the most. I hope James is working on number six. The trouble with such captivating fast reads is the hunger for more of the same!
Adarsh Kota
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Alison
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Gracie
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Patrick
Aaaaaaaaaa!!!!! It's not like Mr. Patterson had some great rep to uphold, but the expectation for fun in this series was set high in the first three books. Impossible, but fun, crazy action with funny bird kids. Number 4 was a wretched turn to lame environmentalism which turned the series into something else and changed the story from a stretch, but interesting to an unbearable fake to make points about global warming.

Number 5 suffers from some of the same random, forced environmentalism, but ge
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Drea
Ok, so. This book was very creative and had good ideas in it, but GLOBAL WARMING?!? I MEAN REALLY?? COULDN'T PATTERSON HAVE PICKED A BETTER TOPIC?!?!? I'VE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT IT ALREADY!! It's not that i'm against it, I've just heard and read so much about it that it's getting annoying! At the end of the book, after the epilogue it said: "Save the world, just like Max at- www.maximumride.com!" *cheesey grin*. What was up with that??

although, as I read through the series, I find that Fang does
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Shayla
Sep 18, 2009 Shayla rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maximum Ride fans, people who enjoy PSA's disguised as young adult novels
After ordering this book at the library in March, it finally came in yesterday. I was incredibly excited and started it immediately. And then I finished it. What a letdown it was! If I were simply comparing this book to the fourth book, it would get four or five stars. But I'm writing a review, so it gets two stars. And here's why:

1. Nothing makes sense anymore. Why did the flock develop superpowers? There is absolutely no explanation for that. Especially the gills. Gills? Seriously?

2. The serie
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Valalc
this is nothing but my personal opinion and im not going to bash on james patterson but the first three original max books i read them as soon as they came out for the very first time they were amazing and i immediately fell in love with Patterson

for those of you who read the original three books now that i read the add ons i think his writing style has changed for the worst in my opinion i found books four and on pretty boring and read up till book 6 for the sake of my love of the orginal thre
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Jen
How on earth did a series with so much potential and so much excitement get so bad?
This recent installment is better than the fourth book, but nowhere near as exciting as the first. It bugs me how Patterson does a long, dragged out recap of EVERYTHING that's happened beforehand at the beginning of each new book.
Ergh. Anyways,
contrary to the fourth book, Max actually has a complete plot! It also gives some purpose to the whole "Save the world from global warming, everybody!" craze, and kicks it
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