August 18, 2007

Maximum Ride: Saving the World

A Book Review by Jenna and Jeneane Sessum

Maximum Ride: Saving the World is maximum fun for a mother and daughter to read together. That’s what Jenna and I did the last couple of weeks when we received the book from MotherTalk.

The book is about six bird-children named Max, Iggy, Fang (who created a blog you can read at, Nudge, Gazzy, Angel, and their talking dog, Total. They are trying to escape from the mad scientists at Itex Corporation who created them.

The story begins with teenage Max, leader of the pack, guiding the flock of younger children from their traumatic past in the laboratory, where they were ‘bred’ as part human, part bird. But not only is Max out to save her winged friends; she’s also out to save the world. The same bad guys at Itex who altered the children’s DNA to create this uber-species are also out to create a master race and take over the world in a “Re-evolution.”

The children, who are 98-percent human and 2-percent bird, can not only fly, but also have amazing powers of perception. Their part animal makeup gives them keen awareness of danger, and their wings help them escape threats, including their wolf-like predators (also engineered at Itex) called Erasers.

The story gets especially intense when the flock is separated and held captive, and we learn a secret about Dr. Martinez. Does the re-evolution take place? Does Max live to save the world another day? You won’t be able to stop yourself from turning the pages to find out.

The reason you should read this book is that it’s a fun adventure. And if you like this one, you should check out Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever and Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment.

It’s easy to track the adventures of Max and the flock online too – there are videos on YouTube that make the book come alive.