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School's Out - Forever

(Maximum Ride #2)

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"Adventure, fighting, backstabbing and love abound" (VOYA) in this action-packed follow-up to the #1 New York Times blockbuster MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT, now available in paperback. The heart-stopping quest of six winged kids--led by fourteen-year-old Max--to find their parents and investigate the mind-blowing mystery of their ultimate destiny continues when they ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published April 7th 2007 by jimmy patterson (first published May 23rd 2006)
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Paranormal_Madness
What I liked:
-Max. She got some pretty good character development in this book, and I enjoyed her exploring her more “feminine” side, and I especially liked her date with Sam. I also liked her little jealous streak when Fang got kissed by Lissa, and I liked Fang’s equal amount of jealousy towards Sam.
-Iggy. I liked the development with Iggy and his family. It seemed real and not the cheesy expected fairytale ending that I was expecting James Patterson to write. I liked that his parents saw him a
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Kim
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for books 1 and 2 in this series. I feel like I learned a lot from these books as a writer. The fact that book one hit number one on the NYT best seller list means to me that the author did something right, because a whole lot of people are enjoying it enough to buy it and probably tell their friends to buy it, too. So when I read books like these and I feel like he broke some major rules in a way that really, really weakened his books, I have to ask myself, so what exactly did he ...more
Kate
I have to say this book is probably more boring than the first one and it was disappointing. There is so much random shit that goes on that the whole book seemed really pointless to me. I liked what they did with Ari's character but that's about it. All of the petty drama, especially between Max and Fang, felt very childish and didn't add anything to the story at all. It felt like a waste a time and I don't think I will be finishing the series. The first one was lame, this was worse, so I'm offi ...more
An
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the students who even do not like reading
Recommended to An by: Nancy
Book title: Maximum Ride- School out Forever
Author: James Patterson
Page: 416

Wow, i start running with Max and the children again. I cannot wait anymore. Curiosity and excitement are my feeling right now. I have to read it immediately. Sorry, i will tell you next week...^^

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I give five stars for the second sequel of Maximum Ride this week. I feel so excited when running in the same ride as Max and the Flocks. James Patterson is indeed an amazing writer. His story makes me
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Sella Malin
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bex
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the second installment of the Maximum Ride series, picking up right after The Angel Experiment. I would suggest you read them in order to avoid any confusion in the plotline.

Maximum Ride: Schools out Forever starts right where The Angel Experiment left off, continuing with the six genetically engineered children being chased by their main enemies, the Erasers, a wolf/human hybrid. Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge and Angle continue to evade the predators in each city they visit. Max conti
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Joyzi
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Maximum Ride Series
Recommended to Joyzi by: Youtube
I love the characters, my favorite character was the Gasman because he's really funny and he makes me laugh.

Okay so character-wise it was the best but plot-wise it was okay. So the plot was like a big random mess I don't really get it, and there are parts wherein I wished they edit that out because it seems pointless and the story drag quite a bit.

There's also so many deux-ex-machina that it was really getting into my nerves. What I mean it is not enough that one character get one superpower b
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Bridgette_E1
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books. To be honest the whole series so far has been really good. In this book, even though it is fiction, I felt I could relate to Max. Multiple times in the story, Max says "I'm so overwhelmed," "This is so overwhelming." I can relate to her because I also feel like I have a lot on my shoulders. I have to balance school with sports, as well as friends, and fun activities. Also in the story, max starts to live a regular life as a teen. In this time she has troubles w ...more
Tatiana
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook again for the second novel in this series. There is something about the story that keeps you going despite how bad it is. The writing is terribly juvenile and predictable. There is zero subtlety about the emotions each of the characters are going through. And yet I kept going.

I think the main thing (if not only thing) that kept me going was the idea behind the novel. There is something so goosebump-producing about a flock of humans with wings. I loved the flying scene
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Whisperwind
This was a bit better. But a lot of things were thrown at you randomly. Many things made it seem... recycled. I think that anything else I say will be a spoiler, so I will stop here. But better than the first book.
Jerry
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second volume brings the intensity, action, and fun that made the first one great. It made me eagerly anticipate the third one, which should be arriving at my local library soon.

However, some unnecessary language prevented this from getting a perfect score.
Kara
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maximum Ride Fans
Recommended to Kara by: GoodReads :D
hmmmmm, I'm really starting to like Fang :P
Helen
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This series is a great guilty pleasure and I love the characters. Both books so far have been quick reads and I am excited about continuing with the next one. This get s big thumbs up.
Mad
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5*

Full review/opinião completa (portuguse & english): http://presa-nas-palavras.blogspot.co...

ENG: It’s incredibly hard to find someone that doesn’t enjoy the books of this series, simply because the story flows naturally, the characters are well built and the plot is fantastic. This is one of James Patterson’s fantastic abilities: the reader is gripped since the first pages of every single one of his works. This one was no exception.
Something that I feel that improved regarding the first book
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Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Book two as way more than I was expecting but also so much more intriguing than book one. Now I have an understanding to this family and who they each are, I like how we don’t know everything about them, but are learning about them as they learn stuff about themselves. Of course the story is still just as fast pace as book one, but there are some moments where it does slow down, because we get to see the flock put into different situations they never expected to happen.

It was refreshing to see
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HelloLilKitty1
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miyong
Huh. The writing style's the same, the characters are the same, and I feel the plot hasn't moved on much, despite this being a 400+ book.

Sure they got a few ideas and info and whatever else they need to "save the world," but...I don't know. I just feel that reading such a long book should have given me more things to be excited about. Unfortunately, no.

I still feel no attachments to the lead guys, mostly Max. (view spoiler)
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Eileen
3.5 stars

In this second book, the mysteries and the conspiracies continue as the 6 first settle down with an FBI agent, and then eventually go on the run. We're also hear more from the voice in Max's head and they follow the clues to more information about their past. I thought this one was a bit more interesting than the first one, partly because we find out more about each of their abilities as they continue (apparently) to evolve. I will continue in this series, but probably not binge it.
B.A. Wilson
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, mg
Book 2 is also pretty good, though I confess I could do with a bit less telling in this one. The environmental commentary is starting to detract from the story more than help it. However, I did enjoy the small bit of normalcy that the characters were able to have, and this is also a fast-paced read.

Pages: 409
Nekia
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. It is action-packed and adventurous. It is a great book. The chapters are a little short but that is why there is a lot or chapters.
Adam
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect sequel to the first book. It is very well written and I would recommend to everyone.
natalia
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your looking for a book that has something new happening by the end of each chapter, this is it? Seriously there is no limit to the amount of action this book has.
~Cyanide Latte~
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers transitioning from middle grade to YA books.
First rating: 5 stars
Second rating: 3 stars

Thank goodness I finally got through this one, I feel like School's Out--Forever took me much longer to re-read than The Angel Experiment.

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Tayla Robichaud
This was a really cute book that I enjoyed.
I give this 4 instead of 5 because the writing style is a little too all over the place and childish for me.
But the overall plot and storyline was very good and kept me hooked and entertained.

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Arminzerella
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Vanessa Alexandra
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Reading Vacation
Maximum Ride = Marvelous Reading

As leader of her Flock, Max is tough and resilient. This bird girl does not give up on her mission to save the world and protect her Flock. She does it all with flair and a sarcastic edge. Despite endless betrayals and growing up in a lab, Max shows that she can have a soft side too.

The members of Max’s Flock are tight and they each have unique talents. Fang can disappear if he sits still long enough. Iggy sees everything in white. Nudge is magnetic. The Gasman is
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Alexa
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brenna Driscoll, Claire Checovich, Beth Hefty, Cecilia DeMarco
Recommended to Alexa by: Leanne Sheth
Fang is critically injured on the way to DC by a flying Eraser attack. They have no choice but to go to the hospital, and their secret is discovered. The Flock is questioned by the FBI, and in return for Fang's treatment, Max reluctantly agrees for the Flock to stay with Anne Walker, an agent until Fang recovers. After a few days, Anne enrolls the Flock in a school run by William Pruitt. Fang and Max date people from the school named Lissa and Sam, and Iggy is friends with Tess, another girl. Bu ...more
Amber
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previewing this book for near teen-age boys. I do like the characters and the story line. My boys love books where sarcastic whit is strong in at least one character. Patterson does not fail to provide lots of zinging dialog. The graphic novels led us to these and I was unsure if they were for youth or adults because in our library some of the "Maximum Ride" series is housed in the adult fiction. In one of the graphic novels there were several occurrences of bad language but the rest of the grap ...more
Stephanie Forster
I think that I may be starting to like these books. They're not complex but they do have a gradually increasing depth to them - I could certainly see the whole plot develop in this book and a lot of potential for more interesting situations. I found this one to be quite funny at points and I'm beginning to feel more towards the flock - there's definitely a family chemistry there and it's developing nicely - they all interact and work well with each other and you can see why they make a great tea ...more
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Maximum Ride (9 books)
  • The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
  • Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3)
  • The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, #4)
  • Max (Maximum Ride, #5)
  • Fang (Maximum Ride, #6)
  • Angel (Maximum Ride, #7)
  • Nevermore (Maximum Ride, #8)
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