4 stars to School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson

Published December 23, 2013 by katheryn13

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the “Flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true–except that they’re being hunted by half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” who can fly, too.

In Book 2 of the series, the Flock members are taken under the wing of an FBI agent and try to live “normal” lives by going to school, making friends–and continuing their relentless search for their parents. But the Erasers return, forcing the Flock to abandon their search and make their escape once again. The voice inside Max’s head keeps telling her that it’s up to her to save the world, but this is especially challenging to do when she is faced with her ultimate match: a newer and better version of herself, Maximum Ride II.


After the immense start of the Flock’s journey to freedom in The Angel Experiment, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sequel.

As is it, I was impressed and somewhat enjoyed this more. There’s far more action, more drama, and plenty of funny moments.

I love Max and Fang mostly, but Nudge and Iggy I’m learning to like more. I’m not sure how I feel about the rest.

And although Ari is the bad guy, it’s annoying how he’s supposedly so “misunderstood”. At seven years old…I mean, he thinks by attacking and trapping Max, he can get her to LIKE him? Eh no. If anything, he’s making an idiot of himself. So Ari did get on my nerves a lot. But enough about him. How about the fact the Flock get to go to School? A real school, that is.

After an incident leaves Fang badly injured, the FBI find them and Anne, a pleasant yet sketchy (according to Max’s inner gut feeling) woman, is kind enough to let them stay with her, in exchange for information. Things become too peaceful, and of course, life is never peaceful for runaway bird kids, right?

Insert education, mischief and Erasers, and you have your self a disaster in the making. They discover answers to mysteries, and a cloned Max decides to take over the gang. Things are not going well.

There were a few editing errors, and annoyances, but over all it’s a cracking read and I can’t wait to read the third book.


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