Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
Release Date: May 29th, 2007
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true--except that they're being hunted by half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" who can fly, too.This book is the end in this particular trilogy. It wraps up what Max and her friends were trying to accomplish in the first two books, answering any questions left over by the first two books.
In Book 3 of the series, the flock members are faced with a new enemy--robots called Flyboys who are stronger than Erasers and have retractable wings. The last thing Max wants is to keep running for her life, but she has to, taking the Flock across the country. There, they meet the sinister scientist Ter-Borsht, who speaks of something called "Re-Evolution," and the "By-Half Plan": the most frightening human experiment they can imagine--a kind of ethnic cleansing of the entire planet.
As fear and tension escalate among the flock members--and a romance starts to form between Max and Fang--they split up, with Max taking the girls to Europe, where they are held captive yet again. The only thing that keeps Max going is that, this time, she might finally meet her mother and father--but she still has to save the world. Max Ride's final flight is like a thrilling roller coaster ride with twists you'd never expect and a landing that can't be anything other than... perfect.
There isn’t much development character wise. We learn things about each of them that we may not have known before, but there isn’t anything surprisingly new with the characters, except for maybe the developing relationship between Fang and Max, which I absolutely adore.
The conclusion to the original book is pretty good in comparison to other books. The story does continue, though taking a different direction with the other books in the series that are basically stand alone novels.