Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
Page Length: 440
Reading Level: 5
Genre: Fiction, Adventure
PLOT SUMMARY: Maximum Ride got to name herself because she is a fourteen-year-old girl who is the result of genetic experimentation conducted in a lab. She has wings as a result of avian genes injected into human embryos. She is 98% human and 2 % bird.
Maximum lives with five other kids who have her same genetic make-up. They are called “bird children” and call themselves, “the flock”. Fang is a boy, four months younger than Max. The other members are: Iggy, another boy blinded by an experiment at the lab, Nudge, a girl who talks in excess, Gasman, an eight-year-old boy with stomach problems, and Angel, his six year old sister.
The group was raised at the lab in cages and subjected to many experiments. Then, Jeb Batchelder, one of the lab scientists, took them to his home in the mountains and educated and nurtured them as a father would his own children. When he suddenly disappeared, two years ago, Max, being the oldest, was put in charge of “the flock”.
One day, Erasers (other experimental beings who can become wolf-like creatures) appear at the mountain home and kidnap Angel. Led by Max, “the flock” begins the journey to find Angel, discover their real parents’ identity, and get revenge on an unlikely traitor.
REVIEW: Full of adventure, mystery, and suspense this would be a good book to use as a class novel. The characters, along with the action, provide good descriptive reading. I believe young adults would identify with the loyalty the children exhibit for each other and enjoy the fantasy of what genetic experimentation may provide in the future.
This is an excellent book for boys, girls and adults to read.
TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: None
AREAS OF TEACHING: Figurative Language, Simile and Metaphors, Compare/Contrast, Theme, Character, Sequence of Events, and Cause/Effect
RELATED BOOKS: Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever, Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
MOVIE CONNECTIONS: Maximum Ride (set to release in 2013)
REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner