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Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

(Maximum Ride #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  87,798 ratings  ·  2,720 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
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company
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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.…moreit was kind of sad considering that he liked Max, but he still was pretty whack. But ya, I've got mixed feelings here too.(less)
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Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 18, 2011 marked it as to-read
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
Aug 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: recommended
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
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was intended to complete the Maximum Ride series; thanks to its popularity, James Patterson wrote even more sequels. Still, it has the intensity and excitement you'd expect from such a finale. There were so many twists and turns, it felt like a blockbuster movie or old-school-style action/adventure video game. ...more
Kathleen Garber
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen girls
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
"'Hi,' I said lamely. Unfortunately, finding out who my parents actually were had not improved my social graces by leaps and bounds. Oh, well."

The quote above shows exactly why I like this book. Max is so sarcastic and I love the touch she gives to converstations. For example; the way she mocks Ter Borcht and the scientists is so funny. Loved to read those parts!

When I was finished, I was so scared that this great series would be over, but thanks to Mr. Patterson, there is much more to read!
Nikki Arsenault
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
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May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
ashley c
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I find it funny that after nearly a decade passed since I last devoured this series, I come on Goodreads and everyone's trashing it. Would it make me less credible if I gave this 4 stars? Should I be caring? I wanted to give this 5 stars but after reading through a few irate reviews I decided to take it down a notch. But I loved it so much when I was a kid, I had fantasies of being Max and everything. Sad that it has lost its magic now that I'm all Grown Up. ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many plot twists in this book that I don't even know where to start. Max and the flock are back to save the world and travel it as well. Angel's mind altering ability comes in very handy this time around and Ari is back with a new attitude. The School has begun eliminating the "failed" experiments and Max and her flock are on the list. They just need to stop the Re-Evolution plan first. The action is non-stop and Max's sarcasm keeps a smile on your face. Old friends are revisited a ...more
Lucia Belakova
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed The Angel Experiment
Recommended to Lucia by: Naomi
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Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Basic Info

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

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Dumb love.
Cliff Hanger: Eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
World Building: 5
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 6
Writing: 6
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
It was short.
Worst Part: Yuck tension.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh

Short Review: I'm slowing starting to not like this series.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one came with quite a few shocks, particularly (view spoiler) And all of that turned out to be (view spoiler) And then (view spoiler) Also her (view spoiler) ...more
May 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
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. ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. I just can't stop reading this series and love the authors writing. ...more
Sara Caddel
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. These books are amazing!
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I think the first one was a bit better, but this is still really good.
Maria Mitchell
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This one was harder for me to get into.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
What a thrill! This is the third book in the Maximum Ride series and I love this adventure. I am looking forward to see what Patterson has in store for his heroine and her flock. This is an ingenious way to bring awareness to the global warning.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Xavier Irizarry
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Douglas Summers-Stay
Feb 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
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,
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Man, I finished this book in like just over 24 hours, and IM ON A ROLL! I loved this book so much! It made me cry, it made me laugh, and then it made me want to slam my head into the wall, because sometimes things don't turn out the way you want them to turn out, with memorable twists and turns and it just leaves you going.. UGHHH.

but, I'm starting the next books right away.... That is after I get some sleep.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I thought this book was absolutely amazing, Max is as always probably one of my favorite characters out there. She's funny, sarcastic, and is completely badass. And of course I love the rest of the flock too, Gasman, Iggy, Fang, Nudge, and Angel(Though, I don't know how I feel about her). I can't wait to finish off the rest of the series now :) ...more
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