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Maximillian Fly

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The 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.

Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him. He is a gentle creature that
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 ...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: children, dystopian
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,
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
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.
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 ...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!
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!
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
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!!
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
Sophia Huber
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maximillian Fly

This book, Maximillian Fly, by Angie Sage is a really good book which I found at the library. I knew Angie Sage was a good author (I read her Magyk series), so I thought I would try it. Angie Sage grew up in Thames Valley, London and Kent. She studied medicine at first, but then switched to art school. She started illustrating books, then began writing them as well.

Maximillian Fly is a dystopian society where some humans are Roaches. This means, long ago, scientists put some
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
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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
Allison Parker
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile, sci-fi
Maximillian Fly may be a giant talking Roach, but he's also human. So human, in fact, that he is moved to rescue the two Wingless children who stumble into his alley one fateful night. The children, Kaitlin and Jonno, are fleeing the SilverShip, the aircraft that ventures out from the safety of the city's Orb in search of a place free from the contagion. While their service as SilverShip Seeds is presented by the government as an honor and an adventure, Kaitlin suspects there is no hope outside ...more
Karen Parisot
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maximillian is a very large Roach, very large as in huge. His parents were human, and he was born human, but during his infancy he cocooned and became a Roach. He lives in Hope, a city encased in a huge orb that protects it from the Contagion infecting the rest of the world. The city is run by the cruel Guardian and the merciless Enforcers who follow her. One night Maximillian dares to help two young children who are being pursued by a squad of Enforcers.
An action adventure story that middle
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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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
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jordan Henrichs
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! Wasn't sure what I was getting myself into throughout the first third of the book but it really turned into something special. The obtrusive reader idea was kind of clever, especially when a character other than Maximillian broke the 4th wall later in the book. Maximillian's voice was so perfect. The world building was fantastic and detailed. So many unique ideas. Some of the twists and turns felt very coincidental, and soap opera-like, but I was enthralled by them all regardless. ...more
Jennifer Hill
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maximillian Fly is a human with cockroach features. Kaitlin and Jonno (two human children) are trying to escape the Enforcers who mean to kill them. Maximillian decides to help them and that begins the story. They live in a town called Hope, which really doesn't have any hope. It is surrounded by an Orb (which is like a force field) and no one comes in or leaves. Kaitlin and Jonno's parents are dead, their brother joined the Enforcers and they are on their own. As the story continues Maximillian ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, fantasy
There's a long list of adjective I could use to define this book: engrossing, atmospheric, dystopic, enthralling, and entertaining but, to put it in a nutshell, it's a very good book .
I loved the gentle Maximillian as much as I loved his young friends. All characters are well developed and you cannot help rooting for the good ones.
The world building is amazing and full of details, the plot is fast paced and flaws without any interruption.
A very good and fun read, I look forward to reading other
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maximilian, a sort of hybrid human/roach boy, is a highly likeable protagonist. You can count on Angie Sage for richly mysterious settings, magical mayhem, adventure, whimsy and surprising revelations. Her stories shine with comforting veins of love and friendship and loyalty, as well as humor. The story of Maximilian Fly has all that, along with darker themes of betrayal, abandonment, cruelty, fighting to the death, and systemic prejudice with certain groups being oppressed and unfairly seen as ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction, ya
Trying to be a good creature, Maximillian Fly rescues two Wingless children and sets in motion a revolution opening the dreary city of Hope to the wider world.
There's a lot going on in this inventive fantasy: impressive world-building, prejudices that might hit close to home (after all, he's a cockroach), lots of suspenseful twists and turns, and a satisfying ending. The cover is brilliant, capturing Maximillian's gentle, hesitant personality. Sage deftly tells this story from several points of
Leslie Sachlis
Sep 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I listened to this book as an eaudiobook checked out from Overdrive. I found the beginning confusing. I thought that perhaps this is a book best read, rather than listened to. The initial review that I read did not indicate that this was a brutal story with mean spirited characters. It is a dystopian novel written for middle graders. I listened up to Chapter 16 and stopped. For those who enjoy the dystopian genre it may be a good choice. The world and the characters are vivid. The pace varies. ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is not every day I read a story starring a 6' tall roach, living with people (some are squishy humans) under both a tyranny and an electric globe keeping them from the dangerous outside. A grand adventure that of course results in the destruction of both, wonderfully dark world-building, and interesting characters, as Maximillian (along with others who take turns telling the story) grows out of his constant fearfulness.
What a weird little book. As a weird person who loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a child, this story about a giant roach man with an expansive vocabulary and desire to do good in the world was irresistible. Several different plot strains are woven together deftly, and suspense is balanced with humor and exposition.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has a very unique premise, and it’s not quite as clear and fleshed out as it should be. It’s got a dystopian feel to it- but there’s just not quite enough detail and I couldn’t get immersed in the story. Plus all the talk of roaches honestly kept gross pictures in my mind - haha. Anyway, this one was just ok for me.
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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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