The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended when he aids two human children in their escape from an oppressive governing power. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Adam Gidwitz.
Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because...more
Despite the 1) coincidence-laden story, 2) evil-with-no-nuance baddie and 3) too pat story resolution, there were so many things I liked in this story:
-A delightfully kind and gentle main character, Maximillian Fly
-The friendship between Parminter and Maximillian
-Parminter's strength and kindness, and her relationship with her mother
-The baddie who gets properly (though a ...more
As I mentioned in a previous review, one brings all the experience and expectation of a life time of history of all the books one has read before. Diving into this novel, I could not help but make the connection to The Metamorphosis, b ...more
What happens when a totalitarian government decides who li ...more
This was a great book !
Maximillian is a hybrid human + cockroach.
He has not being treated kindly because of what he is.
Still, he is kind and good.
When he see 2 children in need of saving, he does not hesitate.
Because of this kind action, his life has been changed forever.
Loved the characters + the storytelling !
It has all the ingredients that you need for a great book!
I'll be curious to see what my daughter thinks about this one, she likes dystopias and is a huge fan of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" series for instance. ...more
From the 8 year old: Five stars! It was good because there were a lot of risks they had to take to save the world. Also there were a lot of connections. My favorite character was Maximillian.
With the support of his new found family, Maximillian is able to stand his ground and defy his mother. This allows him to accept who he is and find the strengt ...more
At the beginning of the book, you barely know enough about ...more
The world-building is excellent, and you are immediately immersed in the gray dystopia of the city of Hope. Despite being a six-foot human cockroach, Maximilian Fly, the main character, is a gentle, shy individual who justs wants to live his life in peace. But on the night the story opens, Maximilian sees two young "w ...more
My first experience with Angie Sage came from my obsession with the BYU Library my freshman year of college. In my reading haze, I read the first five book ...more
I am Fly. Maximillian Fly. I am a good creature. I am not bad, as some will tell you.That's how the book opens. Maximillian speaking directly to readers, who are immediately brought into the story as a character themselves. An observer some of the characters see watching and interact with. That's one oddness. Another is Maximillian himself, a human-roach hybrid whose social and emotional growth has been stunted by a ...more
But I see you do not believe me. . . .
cockroach. He realises this is a problem for us humans and admits this to the reader, but he wants to convince us that deep down, he's quite nice.
The truth is - he is. To prove it to us readers, he helps two children (SilverSeeds) escape soldiers hot on their trail. The little boy is bleeding and the older girl is trying to hide them both. This one act of kindness from Maxillian turns h ...more
At first, I was annoyed by how Maximillian Fly talked, which also influenced how I thought about him. He was both stuffy and timid all at the same time. I also did not like how he address the reader, because he was addressing the reader's assumed biases at the same time it seemed he was making assumptions about the reader. Now I think this was a tool by the author to ...more
Angie Sage grew ...more