Reviews for Maximum Ride 1

Booklist Reviews 2009 March #1
Patterson s fantasy-thriller series is readily adapted here into a manga format. This opening volume introduces a handful of avian DNA-enhanced youths whose communal freedom is threatened when one of them is kidnapped and held captive in an evil lab. Teenaged Max and her charges, who include slightly younger Fang, blind Iggy, and the little kids Gasman and Angel, leave behind a nearly idyllic retreat and go into a world where they are threatened by paramilitary beasts. They learn soaring techniques from birds of prey, find temporary comfort with a small family of "regular people," and are imprisoned by the man whom they thought was their foster father. All this plotting is presented with boisterous and nicely stylized images that purposively exploit manga features, postures, and symbolism. Young manga fans will find this a fast read, and suspense readers may be engaged by the combination of visual and textual elements. The volume ends on a cliffhanger that will entice readers to seek the next in the series. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 May

Gr 8 Up-Hiding out in the wilderness of Colorado, Max Ride, 14, and her ragtag family of mutant kids think they're safe from the clutches of "The School," a secret government lab that has erased their memories and turned them into human/bird creations. When Angel, the youngest of them, is kidnapped by the "Erasers"-cruel half-man/half-wolf enforcers for "The School"-Max and several of the kids set off in search of her. Despite outwitting them in several instances, the Erasers are able to intercept them. But all is not as it seems when Max is released from her confinement only to be told the secret of her origin-that she was created to save the world. The story is based on Patterson's popular "Maximum Ride" series (Little, Brown), and Lee does a superb job of translating his text into attractive manga-style illustrations. Although the narrative is a bit slow at first, the action quickly picks up and is bound to keep readers turning the pages. Bridging the gap between contemporary YA fiction and manga/manhwa, Maximum Ride is a fine first choice for sci-fi/thriller-heavy collections.-Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2009 August
Max and her "family" are rare birds--almost literally. Max, Iggy, Fang, Nudge, Angel, and Gazzy are part of an experiment that introduced avian DNA into human embryos. For years, they lived in a special school/laboratory. Then Jeb stole them from the school and set them up in a mountain cabin. Now it appears that they are being pursued by creatures whose job it is to return them to the school for further study. When Angel is kidnapped, Max takes Fang and Nudge with her to attempt a rescue. Gazzy and Iggy are left behind to guard the mountain retreat; however, plans go awry and soon the family is separated and threatened. Can Max rescue Angel and elude her would-be captors Lee totally reimagines Patterson's story, creating highly stylized representations of Max and the other characters. Confrontations between Max and her family and the Erasers provide a surfeit of action-packed pages, but Lee does not overlook the character and plot development essential to this series of books. Each character has distinctive features, and Lee takes time to allow each character to talk about his or her own take on the perils they face. Manga fans will find much to appreciate in Lee's work whether or not they are familiar with the novels themselves. Patterson's fans will discover another way to enjoy this SF/mystery blend.--Teri S. Lesesne 4Q 4P M J S G Copyright 2009 Voya Reviews.