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Maximillian Fly

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  105 reviews

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

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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If you are going to make up a world, be it good or be it bad, I sincerely hope you commit to the bit. Think things through. Work out the details. Plan out the plumbing (so to speak). A poorly realized fictional world can either be painful or a bore (or painfully boring, I suppose). Most are middling. They'll sport perfectly serviceable locations but not the kinds of places that inextricably suck you in. Now consider the case of Angie Sage. The book Maximillian Fly isn’t her first time at the rod ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The wonderful image created by Red Nose Studios for this book's cover convinced me to pick this up.

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
-Kaitlin's resourcefulness
-The baddie who gets properly (though a
Jiny S
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, children
This is the story told (mainly) from the pov of a giant cockroach named Maximillian Fly. Through his internal dialogue, and his heroic act of saving two children from peril, we, the reader, learn just how much he is human-a sensitive, big child human-on the inside.

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
Monica Edinger
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unique and engrossing; dark and hopeful. (Otherwise it would be unbearable:) Sage tackles a lot here --- Pyscho-level evil, dystopic stuff galore (DNA tampering, climate, fake news, and more), and brave and wonderful children. Made me think at times of Collins' Gregor and DuPrau's The City of Ember series. ...more
Stealth Journals
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Young readers are sure to enjoy Maximillian Fly's story. This is a very different flavor of tale from those of you accustomed to Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. Imagine a world where people are so desperate to escape the Contagion, that they inject a bit of cockroach DNA into themselves. After all, cockroaches can survive anything, right? As I read deeper and deeper, I couldn't help but wonder if this is a political cautionary tale...

What happens when a totalitarian government decides who li
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, so this novel was weird, but a really good weird I have to say. It took me a little bit to get into it but once I did…it was still weird. Definitely a YA read and while I think both boys and girls could get into it I think this could be a fun one for any reluctant boy readers out there. After all, Maximillian Fly is a roach-human hybrid and if that doesn’t get your attention then maybe the brother/sister duo fleeing an oppressive government might. Maxamillian is kind and courteous and much t ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Contagion was spreading and threatened to wipe out all of humanity. So the geneticists of Hope asked themselves what could survive. The answer was a cockroach so they spliced cockroach DNA into humans. The result was that some human babies cocooned and became hybrids. Fast forward to the beginning of the story when we meet Maximillian Fly who is a Roach. He is a shy and gentle being who decides to prove his goodness by rescuing two children who are being chased by Enforcers. As the story pro ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maximillian Fly is one of the most darling characters I have met in a while. Angie Sage (creator of the Septimus Heap stories that filled my childhood - and that I still re-read today) has brought a gorgeous group of characters into the world, plus an incredible feat of world-building. In this story, Maximillian learns a lot about family, the truth of the city he lives in, and a whole lot about himself. This story has a dystopian side, as well as a hint of magick as this world is full of humans ...more
Hsu Lee
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest!
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!
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Dystopias are usually one of my least favorite literary genres, but this one I liked. Probably because I adore Angie Sage's Septimus Heap books, where she managed to get me to like another genre I usually don't go for: High fantasy.
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.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars. I wasn't sure about this one at first, but the more I read of what I can't help thinking of as Kafka's "Metamorphosis" meets King's "Under the Dome" meets "City of Ember" or any of the other great middle grade dystopian fiction, the more I liked Sage's bizarre look at family, friendship, power struggles, and how we look at what it means to be "human." Recommended! ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Angie Sage's Septimus Series so put this on my list when I saw she had a new book. It's YA, but very entertaining. I'm not a fan of dystopian, but this one is engaging with shy Maximillian Fly, (born human, cocooned to roach), deciding to help 2 "Wingless Ones" escape the Enforcers. Many twists and turns, the story is suspenseful, and moving. ...more
Deb Rudnick
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this on my daughters suggestion and I really enjoyed it! The author is a really good writer and it was a great, fast plot line. I love the roach story and it’s metaphors for otherness and tolerance. Really well done.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book
Kieron Murphy
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Weird and original. Like nothing you will have read before.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I love this book way too much. Probably one of my favorites. Ten outta ten - would recommend
Amy Hall
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, read-with-kids
Read this with my eight year old - he loved it! A very interesting story with great world building.

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.
Matthew Parks
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nostore
I struggle to give a concise review or rating for this book. Entertainment level isn't super high, but it's engaging enough. On many levels, it's a fantastic dystopian book for middle-school ages in some ways, but it also presents immoral behaviors as not only justifiable, but normal and expected "under the circumstances." This aspect may go right over some kids' heads, however. (view spoiler)
Catherine Yezak
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A unique story of a city isolated from the world due to fear and power. When Maximillian Fly, who is part human and part roach, helps two children escape from the villains, he discovers a family he never knew and a happiness in knowing that it is okay to be himself. His mother, who has abused and terrified him for years, controls the city.

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
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this book was okay, with one major disappointment. While Maximillian was a likeable character, he was oddly ignorant about basic details about his world and doesn't seem curious to learn. We had to learn from Parminter his whole life story and critical information, on various occasions. This is problematic because we are effectively being told his whole backstory partway through the book instead learning it through flashbacks.

At the beginning of the book, you barely know enough about
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a hard book to categorize. Is it Fantasy? Sci-Fi? Maximillian is a human-sized Roach who lives among humans and other roaches in a city within a dome. The citizens have been told that they are being protected from a contamination and they are also ruled by a Guardian and her soldiers, who sound a little like Stormtroopers. When Maximillian sees a girl and her little brother fleeing some soldiers, he decides to help them, kicking off a series of events that will show that all of the city ...more
Tena Bremmer
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book free from Harper Childrens through Goodreads. Being over 50 this book isn't really age appropriate for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Would love to see this made into a movie, my grandchildren would love it!! It is a book I will hang onto until they are at the age to read it. Thanks you again Harper Children's!! ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, sci-fi
Another wonderful book by Angie Sage! I'm a big fan of her Septimus Heap series, so I was overjoyed to win an ARC of this book courtesy of HarperChildrens and Katharine Tegen Books.

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
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you run into a book that is just so unique that you absolutely have to read it. Well, Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage is one of those books. I don't remember exactly where I had heard about it...maybe one of those anticipated books lists. But either way, when I saw it at Barnes and Noble I knew that I had to pick up a copy.

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
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, not-graphic, sci-fi, voice, j
Odd in a wonderful way, dark, and unique.
I am Fly. Maximillian Fly. I am a good creature. I am not bad, as some will tell you.

But I see you do not believe me. . . .
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
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Maximillan is around 6 foot tall. He's shy, timid around others, especially his mother, and looks like a giant
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
Emma Bozarth
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Mark Buxton
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
You can call me Max, although most of you Wingless ones call me Roach. I usually keep a quiet, peaceful life, but I decided to help two young SilverSeeds being chased by Enforcers. I'm not sure why I did it, but it's too late to change things now. Maybe it's because I dislike the Guardian up in the Bartizan, or the rumors of SilverSeeds being killed. Regardless, I feel responsible for the children called Katie and Jonno now, and I won't let harm come to them. Jonno is too hurt to move right now, ...more
Before I get into my review, I just want to say that my rating is more of 3.5 stars. With that said, let's dive into this review.

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
Liz Larimer
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Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre. She also wrote the Todhunter Moon series, and the Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus' world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children's books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spookie series.

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