Review of the Book Series
James Patterson's series has action and adventure with a science fiction twist.The main character Max, and her flock, all have wings. These hairy wolf-like humans called Erasers are constantly chasing them.The Erasers work for an evil scientific group at the School.
This group swoops through the air trying to avoid the Erasers. They all are experiments, who had Avian DNA implanted in them before they were born. However, they are just like any youth and are searching for their identities. What makes it fun, is the characters have wings, but also typical teenage issues.
The main character, Max, is a fourteen-year-old butt-kicking girl who happens to be the stand-in mother for the group. She comforts and soothes the younger ones, and tries to keep the older ones in line. On top of saving the world, she has a voice in her head that tells her what they should do, and a computer chip in her arm.
The rest of her flock consist of a mind reading cutie called Angel, age 6; an explosives expert and Angel’s older brother called Gassman (for reasons that you can guess), age 7; a motor-mouth young girl called Nudge, age 11; and a helpful older boy called Iggy, who is blind, age 13.
Last, there is Fang, also age 13, who helps Max keep the flock together and could possibly be her boyfriend. Fang keeps a blog at www.maximumride.com, which your students can access online and read.
Another character, Jeb, is a scientist who seems at first to help them by getting them out of their dog cages at the School and taking them to a remote house to teach them survival skills.
However, as the series progresses, the flock members learn that they can only trust themselves.