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Maximum Ride Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports Hardcover – May 29, 2007

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The end is near . . . or is it? So reads the tagline of Book 3 of the Maximum Ride series, suggesting that Patterson's best-selling series for YAs may expand beyond the trilogy originally planned—news that will be greeted enthusiastically by fans of its 14-year-old heroine. Slated for extermination by their scientist creators, rebel-mutant Max and other members of her flock, all of whom possess bird DNA and functioning wings, are on the lam again, their mission to save the world from a eugenics plot. Affection for the dauntless characters and misadventures that build on universal yearnings about sprouting wings and taking flight will hold readers. Mattson, Jennifer


Raves for the MAXIMUM RIDE series:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
An ALA/VOYA "Teens' Top Ten" Pick
A VOYA Review Editor's Choice
A New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age" Selection
A Book Sense Summer 2007 Children's Pick
A KLIATT Editors' Choice
A Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year for MAX


"A breathless adventure...full of action, swooping flights and fierce fights--a sure bet for the movies."―KLIATT

"Jump on board this MAXIMUM RIDE...Fights and flights are non-stop."―USA Today


"BOOK OF THE WEEK...Pace, action, mystery, and cool."―London Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316155608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316155601
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Radebaugh on June 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a sixth grade teacher in Orem, Utah and my students have fallen in love with the Maximum Ride books. I have been a long time fan of Patterson's adult fiction and always thought my students would love his quick page turning style. I was right. When Max 1 came out a couple years ago it quickly became their favorite. I wrote to James and commented on my students' love for Max and the gang so he sent me an advanced reader's copy of Max 2. It was a great lesson to my kids that authors care about their audience. It helped increase their love for the stories and, ultimately, reading. Max 3 came out this May with only a day left of school, so we held a read-aloud-a-thon and read Max 3 for the entire school day. We ended up about 3/4 of the way through and the students were screaming when they had to go home (a teacher's dream). The books are wonderful for kids who do not like books. I have had dozens of students begin a love for reading all different books as a result of Maximum Ride. I cannot thank James Patterson enough for inspiring kids to love reading!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Baver on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a ride! I'm an adult with teenagers and I often read what they read. This book is a great ride. It's written mostly in the first person with down-to-earth street language (minus the curse words) which works well. By the middle of the book you find yourself convinced that the mutant characters could exist; their world is real. We can't wait till the rest in the series comes in the mail!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chelsie Lacny on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I could praise this book in so many ways. Max is even more likeable now, and I'm glad that Fang's blog is actually part of the book as more than just a little extra, and I found some parts that were absolutely hilarious (everything with ter Borcht in it, basically).

This book is so wonderful. Just as good as the rest of the series, and I am so sad that it's over. I am definitely going to find some more James Patterson books...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on June 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
The third book in the Maximum Ride Series entitled Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports came with a full deck of fun surprises! While I still believe the writing is meant for a younger teen (this never really improves throughout the series), James Patterson is an excellent storyteller! He is fabulous with coming up with suspenseful plot lines that include a bunch of twists and turns. In this third installment, there are character developments and even more revelations. We finally get to the bottom of who Max's father is (I had guessed correctly, by the way!) and Jeb becomes an even more complicated character then he already was. I'll admit that at certain points I had to go back and re-read different sections just because there are many different sub-plots and it is easy to become confused if you aren't careful.

This time around, Max is forced to save the world (surprise!) and we finally know what all of the kids are trying to save the world from! At least so far, anyway! The company Itex is becoming out of control and it's up to the kids to save the world from (drum roll please) the Director who wants to pollute the planet and kill half the world's population. Strangely, the flock seems to be more concerned with the Global Warming and pollution, which was a minor annoyance that I had with this particular book in the series. I guess James Patterson really wanted to voice his opinions on global warming and the pollution of earth. The Erasers are completely destroyed on the exception of Ari, and are now replaced with creatures called Flyboys, which are basically an upgraded version of Erasers; they can now fly, which makes them all the more dangerous.

Romance is kicked up a notch in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kristen on January 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
i always was excited throughout this whole book! there was not one single part that was boring!!!! this is a must read for all tweens and teens!!!! there is something for everyone in this book! romance, humor, action, adventure, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By salsa silver on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
as with James Patterson's other maximum ride books, maximum 3 was a great page turner. I loved the action and I read the whole thing in a little over 5 hours straight. definite recommend. that being said, I think that it is slightly weaker than her other two (the first and second.

my issues with the maximum #3:

1. the romance. I did not think that it was very well done. dont get me wrong - I am a big supporter of romance in action novels - however the relationship between max and fang is very unclear, and IMO starts a little too early in the novel. It would be better if it was underlined a bit more: ie through thoughts, holding of hands, whatever. at the end I wasnt really sure if she was just happy to be with fang as a friend, or if she was still romantically attracted to him (although it seemed to lean towards the latter). I would have been alot happier if it had been more clear what thier feelings were.

2. The fangs blog/kids saving the world. again. in my humble opinion, the part about Fangs blog and all the kids that saved the world by mobbing it was a.) overplayed and b.)unbelievable in the context of the story. first of all it is not believable that all the kids all over the world would "band together" and become an army. second, if Fang had a blog - wouldnt that go against their lie low and not be noticed plan? i thought it took away from the book.

3. Finally, I felt that the events could have easily been stretched out into at least 2 books, and that things where kind of crammed into this one 405 pages, which is not that much for a book as popular as this series has been.

OKAY, now that my ranting is out, I just want to underline the fact that despite all of this, I still gve it 4/5 stars and I did really enjoy it. the last sentence is: "Hopefully we'll be back, and if we are, it won't be pretty"

I defintly hope that that is hinting at a Maximum Ride pt.4

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