Teens and young adults love manga. Maximum Ride: The Manga Series by NaRae Lee and James Patterson is a thrilling science fiction/fantasy series adapted from James Patterson’s very popular, Maximum Ride novel series. This fast-paced read has amazing illustrations and it is sure to keep those pages turning and leave you craving more. This book series is recommended for ages 11-17, keep in mind that it does have some strong language and violence.
What Are Manga Books?
In short, manga books are comics or graphic novels that originated from Japan, Manga is an ancient art typically written in black and white, most manga adapts to the Japanese style developed in the 19th century. Japanese manga is almost always read from right to left, however, Maximum Ride: The Manga Series reads left to right. You can often recognize manga by the characters’ big eyes, small mouths, and exaggerated emotions. Manga covers many genres and audiences so if you think you would be interested in reading more manga, you are in luck because there is definitely something for everyone in every age group.
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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel are just like ordinary kids only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time… like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wackjobs.
Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare, this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way, Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb, (now her betrayed and greatest enemy) that her purpose is to save the world, but can she?
Having recovered Angel, Max and the flock head to New York City to pursue a lead regarding their true identities. But where the flock goes, erasers are sure to follow! Even more troubling, though, is the voice that’s begun whispering in Max’s head. Is it really her destiny to save the world?
Narrowly surviving their encounter with Erasers in New York City, the flock is following up a lead on their pasts in Washington, D.C. But what they find waiting for them is…a home?! How will the flock adjust to a real school – one that doesn’t involve mad scientists and genetic freaks?
Despite their initial hesitation, living with Anne has softened the Flock, so Max is keenly aware that it’s time to leave. With Thanksgiving so near, though, all of them want to stay, at least until they’ve had their first-ever Thanksgiving turkey! But danger is on the horizon as Jeb’s plan advances, and while the Flock’s new school seems normal and safe, secrets are hidden beneath its prestigious facade…
Escaping ITEX in Florida, the Flock head west, with Max more burdened than ever by the knowledge that she’s meant to save the world. But while their leader is keen to stay on the path leading to her destiny, Fang and the others are more interested in settling down and letting the chips fall where they may. With the Erasers eerily absent from their lives of late, has the Flock finally earned a bit of peace…or is this all just the calm before the storm?
The time has come for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution,” a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race… and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them-but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?
Fang’s blog has brought ITEX and their cruel research to the world’s attention, and his readers take a stand at the facility where Max and the girls are being held, shutting the organization down. But Max isn’t through saving the world yet! When the Flock is asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the effects of global warming, the expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure and activism. But even in Antarctica, Max is an irresistible target with the eyes of the world upon her. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world…
Joining a scientific expedition gives Max and the flock a perfect opportunity to distance themselves from the heated debate over their future, but frostbite isn’t the only danger in the Antarctic! A powerful figure in the underworld has promised the super-human kids to the highest bidder and he has the robotic army to ensure the goods are delivered!
When Dr. Martinez and her colleagues established the Coalition to Stop the Madness, spreading environmental awareness through the flock’s public air shows, Max knew it could be dangerous. Never in her wildest dreams, though, did she imagine that a criminal mastermind would abduct her mother! Now the flock has to team up with the U.S. navy to rescue Dr. Martinez… and of course, the world!
October 19, 2021
Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock have barely recovered from their last arctic adventure when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone or something is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the Flock to help them get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late. While Max and her team are exploring the depths of the ocean, their every move is being carefully tracked by Mr. Chu, a criminal mastermind with his own plans for the Flock. Can they protect themselves from Mr. Chu’s army of mercenaries and save the ocean from utter destruction?
Maximum Ride: The Manga series has received many rave reviews, I hope it’s something that you or a loved one might enjoy. Leave your comments below and Happy Reading!
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