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School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  85,450 Ratings  ·  2,903 Reviews
The heart-stopping quest of six winged kids--led by fourteen-year-old Max--to find their parents and investigate the mind-blowing mystery of their ultimate destiny continues when they're taken under the wing of an FBI agent and attempt, for the first time, to live "normal" lives. But going to school and making friends doesn't stop them from being relentlessly hunted by sin ...more
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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What I liked:
-Max. She got some pretty good character development in this book, and I enjoyed her exploring her more “feminine” side, and I especially liked her date with Sam. I also liked her little jealous streak when Fang got kissed by Lissa, and I liked Fang’s equal amount of jealousy towards Sam.
-Iggy. I liked the development with Iggy and his family. It seemed real and not the cheesy expected fairytale ending that I was expecting James Patterson to write. I liked that his parents saw him a
Nov 25, 2008 An rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the students who even do not like reading
Recommended to An by: Nancy
Book title: Maximum Ride- School out Forever
Author: James Patterson
Page: 416

Wow, i start running with Max and the children again. I cannot wait anymore. Curiosity and excitement are my feeling right now. I have to read it immediately. Sorry, i will tell you next week...^^


I give five stars for the second sequel of Maximum Ride this week. I feel so excited when running in the same ride as Max and the Flocks. James Patterson is indeed an amazing writer. His story makes me
Jan 25, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for books 1 and 2 in this series. I feel like I learned a lot from these books as a writer. The fact that book one hit number one on the NYT best seller list means to me that the author did something right, because a whole lot of people are enjoying it enough to buy it and probably tell their friends to buy it, too. So when I read books like these and I feel like he broke some major rules in a way that really, really weakened his books, I have to ask myself, so what exactly did he ...more
Sella Malin
Dec 23, 2008 Sella Malin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Briseno
I really enjoyed this book so much more than I did the first novel in this series! I loved how funny and entertaining it was. One of my biggest complaints for the first novel had been how juvenile it seemed even for the characters' ages and the cheesy dialogue, but I didn't have that problem this time. The dialogue was so much better and kept me invested the entire time. I also liked how the vocabulary seemed to be so much more fitting for the characters. It was pretty action packed and not near ...more
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Book two as way more than I was expecting but also so much more intriguing than book one. Now I have an understanding to this family and who they each are, I like how we don’t know everything about them, but are learning about them as they learn stuff about themselves. Of course the story is still just as fast pace as book one, but there are some moments where it does slow down, because we get to see the flock put into different situations they never expected to happen.

It was refreshing to see
This was a bit better. But a lot of things were thrown at you randomly. Many things made it seem... recycled. I think that anything else I say will be a spoiler, so I will stop here. But better than the first book.
Feb 20, 2016 mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-adore
Two words: Childhood Restored.
Oct 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This series is a great guilty pleasure and I love the characters. Both books so far have been quick reads and I am excited about continuing with the next one. This get s big thumbs up.
Jan 10, 2011 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maximum Ride Fans
Recommended to Kara by: GoodReads :D
hmmmmm, I'm really starting to like Fang :P
Oct 25, 2010 Joyzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Maximum Ride Series
Recommended to Joyzi by: Youtube
I love the characters, my favorite character was the Gasman because he's really funny and he makes me laugh.

Okay so character-wise it was the best but plot-wise it was okay. So the plot was like a big random mess I don't really get it, and there are parts wherein I wished they edit that out because it seems pointless and the story drag quite a bit.

There's also so many deux-ex-machina that it was really getting into my nerves. What I mean it is not enough that one character get one superpower b
Jul 17, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 26, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the second installment of the Maximum Ride series, picking up right after The Angel Experiment. I would suggest you read them in order to avoid any confusion in the plotline.

Maximum Ride: Schools out Forever starts right where The Angel Experiment left off, continuing with the six genetically engineered children being chased by their main enemies, the Erasers, a wolf/human hybrid. Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge and Angle continue to evade the predators in each city they visit. Max conti
Dec 24, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook again for the second novel in this series. There is something about the story that keeps you going despite how bad it is. The writing is terribly juvenile and predictable. There is zero subtlety about the emotions each of the characters are going through. And yet I kept going.

I think the main thing (if not only thing) that kept me going was the idea behind the novel. There is something so goosebump-producing about a flock of humans with wings. I loved the flying scene
Feb 11, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect sequel to the first book. It is very well written and I would recommend to everyone.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I think that I may be starting to like these books. They're not complex but they do have a gradually increasing depth to them - I could certainly see the whole plot develop in this book and a lot of potential for more interesting situations. I found this one to be quite funny at points and I'm beginning to feel more towards the flock - there's definitely a family chemistry there and it's developing nicely - they all interact and work well with each other and you can see why they make a great tea ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brenna Driscoll, Claire Checovich, Beth Hefty, Cecilia DeMarco
Recommended to Alexa by: Leanne Sheth
Fang is critically injured on the way to DC by a flying Eraser attack. They have no choice but to go to the hospital, and their secret is discovered. The Flock is questioned by the FBI, and in return for Fang's treatment, Max reluctantly agrees for the Flock to stay with Anne Walker, an agent until Fang recovers. After a few days, Anne enrolls the Flock in a school run by William Pruitt. Fang and Max date people from the school named Lissa and Sam, and Iggy is friends with Tess, another girl. Bu ...more
Vanessa Alexandra
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Jan 28, 2013 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previewing this book for near teen-age boys. I do like the characters and the story line. My boys love books where sarcastic whit is strong in at least one character. Patterson does not fail to provide lots of zinging dialog. The graphic novels led us to these and I was unsure if they were for youth or adults because in our library some of the "Maximum Ride" series is housed in the adult fiction. In one of the graphic novels there were several occurrences of bad language but the rest of the grap ...more
Juro que não minto mas aqui há uns tempos pensei que a Max se deveria ter perdido algures no ar e que estava com saudades dela. Por isso imaginam a minha alegria quando vi que ela estava e volta com o seu ritmo alucinante e as suas aventuras de cortar a respiração.
James Patterson tem um jeito natural para escrever para jovens. Falo-vos de frases curtas, poucas descrições e muita mas mesmo muita acção. Falo-vos também de um dos poucos livros que conheço que tem uma irmã mais velha como personage
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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
Huh. The writing style's the same, the characters are the same, and I feel the plot hasn't moved on much, despite this being a 400+ book.

Sure they got a few ideas and info and whatever else they need to "save the world," but...I don't know. I just feel that reading such a long book should have given me more things to be excited about. Unfortunately, no.

I still feel no attachments to the lead guys, mostly Max. (view spoiler)
Apr 09, 2016 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book and the second book did not dissapoint me.
You have humour, friendship and enough action to keep you reading. James Patterson did not forget the fact that Max and the flock are still kids, so they want to swim and go to Disney World, and it makes the characters much more believable.

I love the fact that you get to know Ari a little bit more, and the 'other' Max just freaked me out, in a good way.
I love the fact that the story is still a mystery with the Itex company and Max
Jun 10, 2014 Bree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect for two occassions. 1. The short chapters are great for trying to convince the reluctant reader or the short attention span teenager to pick up something and read. Plus the heroes have cool wings and the main character is a girl. Kudos for that. 2. For adult readers of YA fiction it is perfect bathroom reading, again the 2 page chapters are the perfect length, plus even after not looking at the book for long periods of time it's not that difficult to figure out what is going ...more
I can't remember what I rated the first book, but it feels like I enjoyed this book more then the first. Not much more but a little more. I am irked again at the writing style, and the short short chapters, and the the way it feels he his talking down to the young adult reader. But hey that could be just me and to be honest I have yet to read adult books by him.

But anyways, things are about to change for Max and her flock as Fang gets injured on their journey. FBI, School, (view spoiler)
Nov 06, 2015 Nekia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. It is action-packed and adventurous. It is a great book. The chapters are a little short but that is why there is a lot or chapters.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: Kinda.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 6
Characters: 6
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Kinda a happy thing going for these kids.
Worst Part: unbelievable things happening...
Thoughts Had: Um, what?!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Sure

Short Review: So they f
Elyse Merbbach
Jun 04, 2014 Elyse Merbbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about six kids who have been mutated to have incredible powers and to have wings. They escaped the lab they were once tortured and tested on but the scientists were not happy about it. They send these mutant dog-like creatures after the six kids to get them back. They live a life of hiding and scavenging until an FBI agent takes them in. For once they feel safe, but you never know where the next eraser will be. Maybe even at the new school they had just been enrolled in.

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Hahaha ... Deleting my old review of this because it was painfully embarrassing. Let's just say, I used to love this book/series. And now ... not so much. So yeah. Perhaps I'll eventually write a more detailed review for this one, but probably not.
Sep 10, 2007 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, age-ya
I read this extremely fast. I wished there was a little more character development, but it was interesting, and I can't wait to read the next one (as well as the adult books this series is based on).
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Other Books in the Series

Maximum Ride (9 books)
  • The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
  • Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3)
  • The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, #4)
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“Did you know that wasn’t me, the other Max?” I asked.
“Right away.”
“How?” I persisted. “We look identical. She even had identical scars and scratches. She was wearing my clothes. How could you tell us apart?”
He turned to me and grinned, making my world brighter. “She offered to cook breakfast.”
“I can talk to fish!" Angel said happily, water dripping off her long, skinny body. "Ask one over for dinner," Fang said, joining us.” 1076 likes
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