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Maximum Ride is a young adult science-fiction fantasy novel series written by James Patterson. It chronicles the lives of six kids (aka the Flock)—Max (the leader), Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel (the youngest member)—who were created in a lab known as the School and are 98% human and 2% avian (bird). In addition to their mixed DNA, the Flock also has something many only dream of having—wings that they can actually fly with.

In later editions, the series is split into two sections: the Fugitives and the Protectors. "The Fugitives" follow the Flock trying to escape from the hands of the School. In "The Protectors," the Flock attempts to save the world from their various enemies. Maximum Ride Forever and Hawk are not marketed as part of an arc.

Main Characters

See the Flock.


"The Fugitives"

  1. The Angel Experiment
  2. School's Out - Forever
  3. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

"The Protectors"

  1. The Final Warning
  2. MAX
  3. FANG
  4. ANGEL
  5. Nevermore


  1. Maximum Ride Forever
  2. Hawk


Other Books Featuring Maximum Ride

The series is inspired by, but not connected to, James Patterson's earlier series, When the Wind Blows. Although a few themes overlap, the books were written for adult audiences and have entirely different characters and continuity.

In Patterson's YA series Witch and Wizard, there are a few references to Maximum Ride. In the first book, main character Wisty jokes about flying children. The second book, The Gift, lists several banned books which are parodies of YA series popular at the time; one is "Ultimate Armstrong," about "a collective of genetically altered children with wings who can fly." Ultimate is a play on Maximum, and Armstrong is a play on Ride, both being surnames of famous astronauts.


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