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Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  68,392 ratings  ·  2,289 reviews
In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Ga ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sirenia it was kind of sad considering that he liked Max, but he still was pretty whack. But ya, I've got mixed feelings here too.

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Jul 18, 2011 Mariel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: godspeed you emperor's new clothes
Recommended to Mariel by: death from above 1979-2011
There was a metaphorical hole in my heart. A spiritual void and yearning for oblivion. My hands didn't want to turn the pages of the many books I own. Too lazy. What's the point? I'll still be me. Nothing on tv. All of these channels and NOTHING on. It's probably broken. There's no way that the same show is on every channel. I was bored. There was nothing to do. Pretty much the mental equivalent of food in the fridge and there's nothing good (tasty) to eat. I've got nothing! I'm a wasteland. The ...more
Feb 05, 2008 Nordy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the sinking feeling that you are losing IQ points with every word you read.
I find one of the great benefits of teaching is being able to buy/read ya lit without having to justify to myself its literary merit (I'm buying it for my classroom library; I'm reading it for research). Much of the YA Lit that I read though, is, in fact, well written, intelligent, thought-provoking pieces of literature. The Maximum Ride series was certainly never that. While I enjoyed the first two Maximum Ride books (The Angel Experiment and School's Out Forever), they are certainly brain cand ...more
Aug 13, 2007 Margalit rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the blind
Shelves: kidsbooks
HATED IT. I never hate books. This was so poorly written, such a mess of mixed up voice, bad dialog and improbably situations. A total waste of paper.
Kathleen Garber
Oct 06, 2007 Kathleen Garber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls
This is actually the third book in the series. I have not read the first two but When the Wind Blows (of which this series was based on,) is one of my favourite books by James Patterson.

When I heard that Patterson had written a children's novel I was surprised. Knowing what his adult books are like, I couldn't imagine how he could write for children without being to scary. I find his writing style completely different in this book, it is hard for me to think of the books as having the same autho
Okay, I would love to give this book ever-so-many more stars, but nothing ruins a book like half-a$$ed politics.

I mean, really?!? James, or whoever really wrote this (who is brilliant and the object of my emulation in so many ways), do you really want all children to be socialist democrats?

It's just hilarious to me how present players refuse to learn from history... the alternative being that they are students of history, bent on repeating it over and over again, not caring how many people die a
Lucia Belakova
Apr 04, 2013 Lucia Belakova rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed The Angel Experiment
Recommended to Lucia by: Naomi
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This book starts pretty much where the last one left off. Itex is all part of the evil military-industrial complex and has an evil plan. That plan is to kill about half the people on the planet, those not "good enough" and recreate the world. It's up to Max and the flock stop their sinister plan.

Like the previous books, the pace is fast and fun. The author gives a couple of nods to Ian Flemming's James Bond, and that's pretty much the way of his villains. They go to great pains to capture the h
Nikki Arsenault
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Like the first two books in the series, this is pure escapist reading from James Patterson. Our heroine (the epynonomus, Max Ride) is back with her flock, to find their families, escape the Erasers, find out what the mad scientists are up to, and oh yes. save the world.

Again like the first two books, Max is a feisty, witty and likable guide through their adventures, and yes there is some conclusion at the end, although, Patterson, rather sensibly given the success of the series has left some of
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Um. When did totally unrealistic and unbelievable and STUPID plot twists become acceptable? This book was a best seller. HOW CAN SUCH IDIOTIC THINGS MAKE THE BEST SELLER LIST?

I know, I know. I read it too. But in my defense, the first two books were at least bearable in terms of plot.

If I'm really honest, they weren't that wonderful, but I was caught by Max and Fang's little romance. And Max's attitude is so fun to read.

But this book took it too far.
Don't be surprised though when I tell you t
Another super fun installment of this wonderful series by James Patterson. Max and her "flock" of genetically engineered teenagers take a group of wannabe Nazi's looking to create a new master race. A guilty pleasure to be sure, but a pleasure nonetheless.
Xavier Irizarry
In this third installment in the Maximum Ride series everything comes into focus. Max and the flock have abandoned the idea of finding their parents and changed their minds. This time they want to save the world. The mutant wolf men called Erasers have been exterminated and have been replaced with robots. The scientists at the School also want Max and her friends destroyed- for good. Max also has problems of her own like a annoying voice in her head and a micro chip in her arm. The flock splits ...more
Once again, this book has everything Max. Because I originally thought this was the last book in the series, I think I became specially attached to it. Many of my favorite quotes come from this one.

There's more pop-culture and "normal" references in Book 3, but they just it make it all the funnier. Can we say Paris, Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, beach bunnies, LA gangs, and Hollywood sign? :D

This is also the first book to rotate perspective more than the previous two, and for good reason (but I wo
I'm not sure if James Patterson had a time crunch for writing this book, but it was trash. There were so many improbabilities, pointless scenes, inconsistencies, and it was boring.

While reading "Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports", I had some major "Yeah, right" moments. Max loses the use of one of her arms, then suddenly gets it back? Angel is now powerful enough to hypnotize a crowd? I don't think so!

About that fight with Omega Boy...Max is super strong. She would be able to hold her
In verità vi dico che Max è la nuova Miss Italia. È pure bionda

Questo è, fino a ora, il più brutto libro della serie che ho letto. Davvero di una bruttezza rara. All'inizio non sembrava così male, fino a metà regge bene il ritmo e si legge volentieri. Poi, però, tutto diventa ridicolo perché Patterson inserisce, all'interno della trama, finto perbenismo e lotta all'ecologia. Ma perché? Con chi ha stretto un patto il signor James? Gli è stato promesso un compenso dal partito americano dei Verdi?!
This book was absolutely fantastic. From the first two or three chapters, I didn't expect much from the book. But once I got past those, I absolutely started to love this book. It was a book a looked forward to reading every night. You follow the flock as they try to escape the School and the rest of Itex. With action in every single chapter (except those first few), there's never a dull moment. Max and Fang's characters really develop in this book. So far, this is the best book in the Maximum R ...more
Douglas Summers-Stay
I've watched episodes of The Superfriends that were better plotted than this. There are three orphan reunited with long lost parents scenes in this book: and they're all for the same orphan. The mad scientists, having tired of the flying wolf children, have now built robot flying wolf children. There's a "it was all a dream" scene in the middle of the book for no reason whatsoever. Bleah.
I read this on an airplane with no other options except the in-flight magazines. Which I read all of, twice,
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Rating: 3.5

So I do want to say I loved this book, but I really didn’t get into loving it until close to the end. The third book I felt kind of dragged on to start with and there was a lot of back and forth banter going on between Max and Fang. I didn’t hate this book so don’t get that impression, but because of the interest I have gained from reading these books and the definitely NEED for answers is the reason I was able to finish this book, but once I hit like the last third of the book I didn
Chelsea K.
Agh, my genuine investment in the actual characters of the book is playing fiercely against my complete exasperation at the book. On the one hand, like I said, I do like the characters. Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge, and Angel to a degree have kind of fallen by the wayside development-wise, but there's still sufficient energy being invested into Max and Fang, who were my two favorite from the beginning. And I have toe admit that the bits of romance and dialogue between those two are my favorite parts of th ...more
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About 1/4 of the way into this book, I started to think maybe something was "off" in this addition to the series. The tone was patronizing in some parts (Fang's blog makes little sense, and his emails sound like an adult trying to talk to kids; not to mention the whole problem with him wanting to have a blog to begin with) and the dialogue sounds inauthentic bc it attempts to make Max and her flock seem hip and snarky, and yet they haven't been up until now. It just didn't ring true for the char ...more
"Noi sei siamo sempre in fuga dagli Eliminatori e dai Camici Bianchi.Questa, in breve, è la nostra vita."

... e infatti è sempre la stessa solfa da tre libri ormai. E sembra destinata a continuare ancora a lungo!

Non so perché continuo a leggere questa saga così spaventosamente mediocre. Maledetta la mia curiosità. C'è da dire che Patterson sa rendere la lettura piacevole e coinvolgente: ho letteralmente divorato questo libro. Eppure, rimane un romanzo sciatto, scritto in maniera mediocre, dalla t
Alex Matte
This fictional book really grabbed my attention because of the interesting title to be completely honest. After reading the first two, i thought that this would be another one of Patterson's good books. But, i was wrong. The inconsistencies and random scenes made this book the hardest to read in my opinion. While Max and the flock continue their mission to find and destroy the "School" and find their parents, Max and Fang end up arguing and the flock breaks up. This proves as a major set-back fo ...more
Sandra the Nook Worm
Not as good as the first two books in my opinion. James Patterson caters to the reader that just picked up the series instead of the ones who have been reading them all in order (which is the majority of the readers) and it's annoying. I don't need to be reminded of everything that happened in the first two books thanks... Ugh, other than that, I enjoyed the plot turns and direction the story is going. I got a chance to get to know some of the characters some more and I already bought the next o ...more
King Haddock
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JoYee Chu
Just finished the book last night,well this morning, 12:30am instead of doing my homework, which, you know is something i SHOULD do but i don't, merely so i could wait and do all-nighters before the due date, i'm the best student that way.

I was a bit...well, not ENTIRELY surprised by Iggys' hormones *snicker* and his comment,

"And God knows i can't get to know them by touch. Just do me a favour!"

I want to draw a small spin-off one page oneshot for that. ^_
Aug 20, 2008 Alexa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brenna Driscoll, Claire Checovich, Beth Hefty, Cecilia DeMarco
Recommended to Alexa by: Leanne Sheth
All the Erasers have been terminated and replaced by robotic flying erasers, or Flyboys. The Flyboys capture everyone except Max and Fang who are trying to find a place to live peacefully away from Itex,while searching Max remembered that they were near Ella's house. Max decides that she would get the microchip in her arm out with the help of vet, Doctor Martinez. When Fang and Max are far away from the Flock, they sit by the fire and Fang listens to Max worry about the future. Fang helps Max to ...more
Max's speech about what she would do as queen of the world demonstrates the irrational idealism typical of youth. Banning all polluting companies means that pretty much all/most manufacturing would be over. Farming would be primitive and unable to support the earth population she has just saved. All armies using only swords in battle is cute; a thing, once invented, is virtually impossibly to uninvent. How will she enforce her vision? How would she prevent people from recreating things already m ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Maximum Ride (9 books)
  • The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
  • School's Out—Forever
  • The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, #4)
  • Max (Maximum Ride, #5)
  • Fang (Maximum Ride, #6)
  • Angel (Maximum Ride, #7)
  • Nevermore (Maximum Ride, #8)
  • Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)
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