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The Angel Experiment

Meet Max. Welcome to her nightmare.
Author James Patterson
Publication date 4/1/2007
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 9780316067959
Publication Order
Preceded by
Followed by
School's Out - Forever

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is the first book in the Maximum Ride series, and also the first book of the Fugitives trilogy, by James Patterson. The book was released in the US on April 11, 2005 and in the UK on July 4, 2005. The book is set in the present and centers around the "Flock", a group of human-avian hybrids (98% human, 2% bird) on the run from the scientists who created them. It focuses on Maximum Ride, the leader of the Flock, and the first-person narrator of the story.

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “Flock”—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack-job scientists. Her family brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-like figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world . . . But, the question is, can she?

The release and information on the upcoming movie is unknown.

On January 27, 2009, Yen Press published a manga novel version of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, the first volume in a series. The graphics were done by college artist NaRae Lee as her first manga novel. It received positive reception. The School Library Journal praised Lee for her "superb job" of adapting the book to "attractive manga-style illustrations", though it noted that the narrative was "a bit slow at first". Booklist said that the plot of the story was "presented with boisterous and nicely stylized images that purposively exploit manga features, postures, and symbolism", as well as that its cliffhanger would "entice readers to seek the next in the series". A Kindle version of the manga novel was also released. The Angel Experiment is finished in the second volume of the manga.

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