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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,036 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Max se bo rodil 20. aprila 1936, na rojstni dan Adolfa Hitlerja. O tem je prepričan že kot zarodek. Dojenček je rezultat programa Lebensborn (kot si ga je zamislil Heinrich Himmler decembra 1935), enega najbolj zastrašujočih nacističnih projektov za oblikovanje čistokrvne arijske rase. Max odrašča pod strogim očesom profesorja Ebnerja. Ves čas ga merijo, testirajo in nadzi ...more
Hardcover, Zbirka Najst, 405 pages
Published 2015 by Cankarjeva založba (first published 2012)
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Thehappymeerkat Procreation of the perfect species was all that mattered. The feelings of the men and women didn't matter, in fact early in the book Max states that…moreProcreation of the perfect species was all that mattered. The feelings of the men and women didn't matter, in fact early in the book Max states that is was important that they didn't get a taste for it. So it was a case of making the babies with the best blood and that was all that mattered.(less)
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This is a story that needs to be told. The Lebensborn program, where the Nazis literally bred people with superior Aryan characteristics in order to create a master race, is not something that you hear a lot about. At least, not in fiction, and certainly not in fiction presented to teens. So when I heard about this book, a book narrated by a Lebensborn beginning at his birth, I thought, Finally. This will be a striking, important book! What would it be like to be raised, from birth, on a diet of ...more
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If you like your books to be challenging and thought provoking then Max is your kind of novel! Credit must go to the author Sarah Cohen-Scali and translator (Text’s own Penny Hueston!) for crafting a character that despite the evil he embodies was able to invoke empathy in us as readers. We couldn’t help but feel for Max as he tries desperately to navigate a world of bleak political control and indoctrination—the consequences of which are often devastating.

From the beginning of the book we were
I received this book for free from the publisher Walker Books in return for a review.

Max is the perfect Nazi baby. Born as part of the eugenics programme his blond hair, blue eyes and entire body are perfect. But raised with Nazi ideology and living through the brutality of war, how long can Max cope before reality questions his own beliefs?

'Max' is such an amazing and powerful novel it had me gripped, shocked, horrified and even had me crying! Told in the first person perspective throughout, Ma
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. I can see why a lot of readers would hate this book. It's easy to despise the plot, to feel disgusted by the narrator, and the writing style takes a different turn than most historical fiction books. Yet this appalling story was so fascinating to me. I found the main character intriguing and couldn't seem to stop turning the pages.

This book follows Max, who literally starts his narration from the womb. Nearly ready to be born in 1936 in Nazi Germany, Max tells us in an "adult" voice
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
This is the story of a child born under the Nazi "Lebensborn" program, which was essentially a program to breed pure Ayran babies who would be the future leaders of the Third Reich. Max is born on April 20, 1936, making him the first baby to roll off the production line. He is also the narrator of this story which covers not just the Lebensborn program but also the abduction and "germanification" of suitably Ayran children from other countries and the lives of ordinary Germans as the war drew to ...more
Let me tell you one thing about this book. I won't consider it as a masterpiece, I won't call it a life changing novel (that's why I only gave 3 stars by the way) but I would say without any hesitation that "Max" is a book that will make you think. A lot.
First of all, it's the story of Max, actually Konrad, who is a boy born to represent the aryen race at is best, during WWII. Basically, Hitler wanted to create an army of nazis pupets. So, our main character is one of them. We follow his story
Apr 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this. I think the narrating baby is what I can't deal with--he's obnoxious and, in case you missed it, he's a baby. I don't understand babies when they can't talk, let alone this one that only talks about Hitler and breastfeeding. I'm sure it's good, as it won a ton of awards, but it was just too dry for me and really weird.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second world war and nazism are probably the topics there are more books about, but I am always surprised by the originality of some.

I would classify Max as a coming of age story, but obviously it is very different from other books belonging to this category that you might have read, being essentially the coming of age story of a little nazi.

We follow Max's life from when he is still in his mother's belly to around the age of ten. He is the first baby produced by the Lebensborn program, in
Hits all my issues re fictional nazis in novels. No thanks.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, first of all, I've just read the book. I think it is awesome reading. If you loved Diary of the young girl - Anne Frank or Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, you'd love this too. It is not such a personal book, but the author did an excellent research and wrote an inspirating, pleasant and educational story. That is where spoilers begin ... just a warning.

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Jessica Gillies
"...I really miss it. Since I've been born, I've done nothing but obey orders, and now there's no one to tell me what to do."

What a difficult book to rate. This is the sort of book that is difficult to put down, but when you do , it leaves you feeling emotionally exhausted.

The author has used a very unique voice in her story, not only that of a child in the midst of war, and not only a Nazi child, but one which is totally immersed in the regime even from before their birth, and is commited to it
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Bogi Takács
Review coming. Actually a solid book, creepy and awful, but creepy and awful in the same ways as the historical setting it describes. There is a fine balance in how explicit to make such descriptions (Octavia Butler talked a lot about this related to her novel Kindred, about African-American slavery) and I think especially toward the end, Max wobbled in this respect, but I still got through it very fast. It might be too explicit for an American YA audience, I have to think about that. It's not p ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. This is a treasure. Really and truly one of my favorite books.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble-sibil
4.5 stars

May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
The ending was a lot stronger than early in the book. Was ready to abandon it with the unnecessary swearing and description.
FINALLY finished this! I've been trying on and off for over 5 months. There are so many disgusting things about this book, that I did not enjoy reading it at all, but finally by the end it became more compelling, and I wanted to find out what happened to the main character. Definitely well-written, in that it depicts the horrors of Nazi Germany in a believable way, through the eyes of a child. Ugh.
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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I had to steel myself before I started reading Max. I love young adult fiction that concerns history, but with an Amnesty International endorsement, this one was bound to be heavy. What. A. Book. This was probably THE most powerful book I've read this year. While I don't cry when it comes to books, this one had me stunned and shocked the whole way through.

World War II isn't an easy subject to read about, but I've read several young ad
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the most distressing novel I've ever read, this visceral, brutal and shocking account of one aspect of of Nazi racial ideology, the Lebensborn programme, movingingly shows how complex and desperate war is. It's the sort of book that leaves you undone and changed, and realising that you may have held your breath (or at least felt like you were doing so) for the entire heart-pummelling novel. A brilliantly woven narrative draws ever tighter, asking huge questions about what motivates evil ...more
Talley Gaskins
Nov 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I understand that this book was translated from it's original language and maybe some of the brilliance got lost in that translation. For me I wanted to like this book, I wanted to appreciate that the author was trying something new with the perspective at the start of the story. But I tried and failed to like this book. I am usually the first to advocate for suspension of disbelief but it doesn't work here. There are just TOO many things that are IMPOSSIBLE to me. It just doesn't work. HOW is t ...more
Mandy Radley
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Max born on 20 April 1936 (Hitler's birthday) the first born in the Lebensborn programme designed to produce the Aryan race, he doesn't know his mother or father only that his mother was impregnated by a German SS officer. Baptised by Hitler he becomes the role model for all the other children. When he's 5 he helps the Germans kidnap Polish children and then meets and befriends Lukas a Polish Jew, blond, blue eyes who infiltrates the German's experiment for the perfect race. I enjoyed t
Sam Nagi
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read from start to finish. A great concept to mix this fictional character Max, into the horrors of Nazi Germany.
You learn so much more facts (WELL AT LEAST FOR ME!) than you already knew from the History taught in standard school education.

I am happy, sad, horrified, warm and cold by the precise details this book has portrayed to me. It was a rollercoaster of emotions.

The author deserves all the credit she gets for this book and will eagerly await other books from her as she is now
Justin Williams
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that NEEDS to be in every library. I knew about the Hitler Youth movement in Germany during World War II, but I had no idea about the horror of the Lebensborn ("Fountain of Life") programs. In an attempt to breed the perfect Aryan soldier, the Nazis would match S.S. Officers only with the bluest of eyes and blondest of hair with women of the same nordic qualities. If the baby didn't match with predetermined standards, they were "purified" guessed it, killed.

Not for the youn
Lebensborn was a Nazi program launched in 1933 with the ambitious goal of breeding perfect, racially pure Aryan Übermenschen who could populate the newly conquered territories of German Lebensraum in the East. The program’s main ideologist and promoter was Heinrich Himmler, one of the sickest mind, in the face of a stiff competition, within the Nazi leadership. Lebensborn was organized and administered with meticulous precision as if it was an engineering project with a few technical challenges ...more
Oswego Public Library District
Konrad van Kebnersol, called Max by his birth mother, is the product of Lebensborn, a secret Nazi breeding program designed to create an army of perfect Aryan children. Fully indoctrinated with Nazi propaganda since birth, Max has become a mascot of sorts for the Lebensborn program. As such, he acts as bait for the abduction of Polish children who could pass as Aryan. Once he is no longer viable bait, he is enrolled at the Kalish school to facilitate the Germinization of the abductees. There he ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lol, this ones ok. Comes from the point of view of this fetus of a white boy and his perspective of growing up as the "perfect" aryan specimen for the Nazis (blond hair, blue eyes, white skin). Then, he meets this jew and quickly becomes his friend, even though he grew up knowing that Jews were the race/species that needed to be "discriminated". SO if you are interested in learning some Nazi/Germany/World War ii history, maybe you should give this book a shot.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants the opposit of the The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.
History is written by the victors but fiction usually represents their victims. Then there's Max. He is both and neither. A intriguing story of Nazi preconception indoctrination based on the eugenics and propaganda of the time.

Fans of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas will appreciate and despise this.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in return for a honest review.
Lisa Mandina
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I did not finish this, but I pretty much get where it is going and what it is trying to do. It is a very unique book, and one that I will still recommend to student and others who read a lot of holocaust fiction.
Samantha Clysdale
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot of child abuse. It is a fantastic written book. It just was not a book for me.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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