The Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4)

The Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4)
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10+
Release Date
March 17, 2008
ISBN
0316002860
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In this breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson, a girl has to save herself from an army assembled just to capture her-and maybe save the planet while she's at it.

Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment.

Max and the other members of the Flock-six kids who share her remarkable ability-have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the causes of global warming. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism--and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.

But even in Antarctica, trapped in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. Maximum Ride is James Patterson's greatest character, a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at once.

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Reader reviewed by Nikki

The  thrill ride was not over when Max and her flock of winged kids flew off into the sunset at the end of Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports. Turns out retirement is kind of boring for the flock- especially when the planet needs to be saved and they are not the only ones who are capable of doing it. With the help of a group of environmentalists ( who just might be trustworthy) and the flocks evolving powers, Max could even tackle a problem as big as global warming- but a few things keep getting in her way........

                                     MAX'S PET PEEVES
+ Subhuman billionaires with floating body parts and a penchant for world domination
+ An army of programmed bullies who flex their muscles on little kids
+ Know- It- All older women who make Fang puppy eyed when clearly Max should be the one making his knees weak
+ Being stuck in Antarctica surrounded by white, white, white
+ And the most annoying thing of all: Being underestimated
     For all of you global warming fans and science lovers, this is basically what the book is all about. Penguins, tornadoes, and even some sightseeing. This specific book was MADE for you science people. So i recommend this book for you!!!!!


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Dissapointing
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Reader reviewed by danielle

The Final Warning was a huge disapontment for me; I loved the Maximum Ride series, because I loved the idea of a bunch of kids running from the Big Baddies, when the law is against them and so are the odds. I LOVED that. But this? This is just stupid.

It's basically James Patterson preaching about Global Warming for less then two-hundred pages, with sloppy characterazation and--sorry, but there wasn't any real characterazation to begin with. But at least the characters made sense. Now, it seems their just there so Patterson can get all self-rigteous, and then blame it on the characters. The dialogue, the plot, the villains, the characters---this is not the Maximum Ride I fell in love with. This is one of those corny short stories they put on state reading comprehension tests. This is a man's sad attempt at trying to relate to young kids, and failing miserably at it. There is nothing remotely similar to the first three books in The Final Warning but for the main characters and that they still have wings. Not reccomended unless your a die-hard fan.
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Different...
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Reader reviewed by EshInoBi

Hmm, this book was... different. It was much shorter
than the rest, so I sped through it within 2 hours. It was fine, with
relationships growing, stopping, getting enraged... pfft... I must be
confusing you... Well, in this book, the Flock (a group of 6
human-avian hybrids) help to do Global Warming research at Antarctica
which I found strange. We learn more about the Flock's power, but I
think this was only done to make this not-so-interesting book more
interesting to compete with the other books of the series. But this is
my least favourite of the first four. It was just... not really
necessary for the series. Perhaps it contributes a little to the
relationship of Max & Fang, but not that much. It was good, but
nowhere near the best.


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Keeps Going On and On
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Max and the flock are back again in another wild adventure. Unknown enemies are still trying to kill and/or capture them to use the flying mutants to gain power, and other influential people want to control them. But lately things have been calmer. Max and the flock join up with a team of scientists in Antarctica studying the effects of global warming. But even from the remotest place on earth, Max and her flock are still targets because whoever controls the flock controls the world.

I was hesitant to read the fourth book in the Maximum Ride series because of mixed reviews that I read and also because I had thought the story was over after the third book. For me, The Final Warning was pretty disappointing. The plot was just not as exciting as in the previous books and sadly, Maxs snarkiness got a bit annoying. I also felt that the rest of the flock wasnt as important an element in this novel as in the previous ones. Everything was too centered on saving the world and global warming, which although it is a good cause, it didnt make for a fantastic story. I really thought the series shouldve ended with Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, the third book, because by the fourth, everything just started to get too repetitive.

Dedicated fans of James Patterson and the Maximum Ride series may want to check out this fourth installment, but I would not recommend it. I think if you stick with the first three, youre all good.

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