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The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1)

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For use in schools and libraries only. After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published April 11th 2005)
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Bella Yeah, it's called Angel Experiment because the School captured Angel to do tests on her.
Carole Yes they do have wings. Supposedly very pretty ones, they are all similar to a real bird's wing. They can fold them up and hide them under baggy…moreYes they do have wings. Supposedly very pretty ones, they are all similar to a real bird's wing. They can fold them up and hide them under baggy wind-breakers like they do a lot if you read the entire series. I recommend you do if you haven't already :).(less)
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Joe
Aug 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Well that wasn't too bad!



You have six kids that are human and have some bird in them. Huh, and all this time I thought they were angels 😄 Goes to show you have to read to know.



I'm glad this was on one of my challenge lists because I have wanted to read it. I think I will keep checking them out on Overdrive to see what else happens. I mean they all escaped and have people/things after them.

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤
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Lola  Reviewer
This is a book I always thought I wouldn’t enjoy.

I saw it numerous times at my former high school’s library and, each time I came across it, I would let my fingers linger on the cover, a pensive expression on my face, and think, ‘‘Naaaah, not for me.’’

Boy was I wrong not to read it YEARS ago. ‘‘The Angel Experiment’’ is such a fast-paced, action-packed, well, RIDE.

I thought it would be about actual angels, but that’s not what Max and her friends are. They are literal experiments with bird genes
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Jenny
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Khadidja Megaache
2.5 Stars!

“The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective.”

Well that was fun, i LOVED MAX she was great, annoying at times. but funny, and loving big sister. The writing was okay, The story had potential but was poorly executed.









Angelc
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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/
Jasmine
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
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 years 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.
Emily May
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, dnf

Nothing massively wrong with it but the writing was just way too young for me.
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