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Jonathan Strange and Mr. They leave their island in the Pacific, after Dylan is believed to have died, to see that Australia is decimated. New beasts deemed 'Cryenas' track them and kill Akila, while injuring several other flock members. The flock decides to go their own ways, with Max, Nudge, and Total going back to their island, Iggy and Gasman to Pennsylvania to find survivors they contacted online, and Angel going to Russia.
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Angel shows Fang her vision of his death, and after a night with Max, he leaves the flock to go to California. They all split up and Max and Nudge encounter a mutated species of Aquatics. Max decides that what she was looking for Dylan, her mom, Ella, and answers to her questions is not there and leaves. Nudge stays behind and is thought to be killed by Horseman, a mutant created by the Remedy, a power-hungry scientist bent on cleansing the world of its genetic imperfections. In Pennsylvania, Iggy and Gasman are captured by a group of female survivors, but are then killed by Horseman.
Max flies to the east coast of the United States to see it completely destroyed, befriending a mutant that is more bird than human named Harry. Fang is almost killed by two teens brainwashed by Doomsday philosophy, but is saved by Star who then takes off. Angel is moving west across the Canada—US border recruiting for her army in Russia, near the Remedy's underground settlement, Himmel.
Fang finds Dylan fighting a group of Horsemen who look to be Erasers, but are advanced and "updated" versions and tries to help him but is knocked unconscious and killed. Angel and Dylan find Max and explain that Fang is truly dead, but the others' deaths were faked by Dylan, who acted as Horseman so that the Remedy would stop hunting them. Everyone meets up in Russia and war is waged against Remedy and his army. Max and Dylan find Remedy who has a nuke strapped to him set to go off if he is killed.
Max drags Remedy into the sky, and he explains that his new Horsemen will further evolution and that Max's generation will die out. When Max reveals that she is pregnant with Fang's child, Remedy attempts to detonate the bomb, but Nudge, Gazzy, and Iggy have hacked it, leaving the bomb useless.
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Max drops Remedy to his death. Dylan reveals to Max that Fang has been kept on stasis and that he could revive him if Max wants him to. Max says that she wants him alive, and Dylan brings Fang back, sacrificing himself. For four years, the entire army lives in the underground settlement as they let the nuclear winter pass. Once it's safe for them to leave, the mutants travel to Peru where they settle on Incan ruins.
The book ends with Phoenix, Max and Fang's four-year-old child, starting her first flying lesson. Maximum "Max" Ride is the title character and the primary protagonist of the series. She grew in a lab. She is a year-old 15 in Fang , Angel , and Nevermore avian -human hybrid and the leader of the Flock. She plays the part of a mother or "mamma bird" in this case.
She has peachy skin and eyes "the color of non-barfed chocolate", according to Angel. Max is 5'8" and weighs 97 pounds, as described in The Final Warning. Her wings are light tan, with brown spots, and cream and brown streaks. Max's powers are to fly up to mph, she is the strongest of the flock.
She has great leadership abilities, is a master fighter, has a voice inside her head that tells her what to do most of the time, and she develops gills at the end of MAX. Later, the Flock meets Dylan , who, according to Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen, is Max's "perfect other half". Max teaches Dylan how to fly and fight. She also notices a slight jealousy from Fang. Max begins to feel an attraction for Dylan when Fang leaves. Max is one of the two members of the Flock who found her parents; Iggy is the other.
However, she is the only one to like her parents, as Iggy leaving his after only a week or so they wanted to put him in a freak sideshow. She is stunned when she learned that Jeb Batchelder a "whitecoat" who helped them escape from the school and then raised them and then suddenly left was her father. Valencia Martinez is her biological mother. Max trusts Dr. Martinez completely, but remains wary of Jeb. She is also close to her half-sister, Dr. Martinez's daughter Ella, who Max first meets when trying to save her from some bullies in the first book.
Max dislikes Ari Her half-brother and Jeb's son until she learns that they're related, with whom she is constantly fighting, but then he joins her "mini-flock" that was created in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports for a short he dies trying to help. Fang is 14 years old 15 in the last three books. He is second-in-command of the Flock and Max's best friend later her boyfriend.
He is only four months younger than Max. Fang is able to virtually disappear by staying very still and quiet. He is somewhat stronger than the rest of the flock, often sustaining near-fatal wounds, as in books one and two. Fang almost always wears dark clothing and always seems to be sneaking up on Max. He has a fourteen-foot wingspan. In The Angel Experiment , he found out that the School took him after he was born. When his mother had him the doctors told her that he had died. Fang decided that he didn't want to find his mother, she wasn't much older than his own age when she had him.
He is somewhat reserved, but cares deeply about the Flock. He is usually very silent, and seems quite mysterious, always hiding his feelings. He runs a blog about the Flock's adventures that proves useful in several books, such as in School's Out—Forever. He and Max fight about this, but afterwards they make up. Brigid Dwyer, who worked with the Flock in their mission to Antarctica, and Max becomes jealous resulting in tension between the two.
He later comes back, reuniting at the end of an epic battle made up of an army of his blog's followers, in which Ari "expires".
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Fang leaves the Flock again at the end of Fang because of Dylan, Max's "perfect other half", and because Angel has predicted that Fang would be the first to die; therefore, because he knows that by dying, he would put the others in danger, he leaves. Everyone is upset by this, especially Max, but she finds a letter later that he wrote to her saying that if in 20 years, the world hasn't come to an end, he'll meet her on the cliff where they learned to fly like the hawks.
When he realizes he cannot stop the Doomsday Group on his own, he enlists the help of Max's Flock. Max and Fang seem to grow apart and start to like different people. Also, Fang starts having feelings for Maya, trying to replace Max. However, he then realizes that Maya is different from Max, and begins to treat her differently, although in his heart, he still loves Max.
After the planned D-day, Fang leaves with his flock, leaving Max and her flock in the rubble of Paris, searching for Angel who is missing. In "Nevermore", Fang hears the 'Voice' and comes back for Max, after breaking one of his wings. He and Max grow back together after he comes back and abandons his 'Gang'. It takes some time, but eventually they love each other again.
Fang manages to kill several erasers and see Dylan kill Ari. It is after that, when Dylan attempts to kill Fang, Max really realizes that she wants to be with Fang for the rest of her life. When Doctor Martinez Max's mother takes them and the Flock to a paradise island, he and Max resume their previous relationship. When he and Max escape to a perfect perch, he tells her that he loves her for the first time, just before they are hit by a tsunami.
When they are both rescued, Max tells Fang that she loves him as well. Fang dies in "Maximum Ride Forever", but he is revived when Dylan sacrifices himself for him to live and Max to be happy. Fang and Max then have a baby girl named Phoenix. Iggy is 14 years old, six months younger than Max 15 in the last three books , and third-in-command of the Flock.
He is usually sarcastic, 6'0", has extremely pale skin, whitish-strawberry blonde hair, very light icy blue eyes, and a wingspan of 14 feet. Iggy is described as very handsome, especially because of his "unseeing, yet captivating, eyes".
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He is one of the only two flock members to have met his parents, the other being Max. His real name is revealed to be James Griffiths. When he found his parents, he learned that he was kidnapped by the School when he was about 4 months old. At first, Iggy decides to leave the Flock to live with his parents, but later leaves when he learns that his parents didn't want to have him back and only wanted to use him to make money off his story.
Due to the whitecoats' experiments to enhance his night vision, Iggy is effectively blind, though he can see if his surroundings are white and can identify people by feeling their fingerprints and the feel of their wings. He can also feel colors. Despite his blindness, the Flock often leave things up to him that require precision or detail, such as cooking and doctoring.
His senses are also the best of the flock due to his blindness, although he occasionally suffers resentment of his blindness and the resulting dependency of the Flock it creates. He and The Gasman are best friends and have a habit of building bombs out of almost anything and blowing things up, including alarm clocks. Iggy and Ella, Max's half sister, also showed signs of growing affection towards one another in Angel , which ultimately culminated in a shared kiss in Nevermore.
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Nudge is 11 years old 12 in Fang , Angel , and Nevermore , has brown skin, and has wild, curly, long, dark brown hair. Described as Max's best supporter and the peacemaker, she likes Max over Fang and can't live without her. Her wings are often said to be tawny-brown, almost cream. Her real name is revealed to be Monique , and she managed to track down who she believes to be her mother because of the resemblance in skin tone, but never meets her because she is attacked by Ari. She is a "motormouth" as said by Max several times in the books.
The Flock calls her the Nudge Channel because when she's awake it's "all Nudge, all the time. Nudge can hack into computers with her ability to sense leftover emotions, also called psychometric, and she can draw metal towards her by will, like a magnet. Of the flock, Nudge is the one who most longs for the normality of the lives of other kids their age; in MAX , when Jeb offers the Flock to stay at a day and night school, Nudge wants to stay and get her wings cut off.
He is Angel's biological older brother, and they are the only blood related siblings of the Flock. He has a mischievous nature and makes fun of Max sometimes. He and Iggy are experts at constructing and setting off bombs and explosives, as Max states, "You could lock the Gasman in a padded cell with some dental floss and a bowl of Jell-O, and he'd find a way to make something explode. The Gasman's most useful ability is to perfectly mimic any voice. Max and Fang find a picture of baby Gazzy when they go check out what they think was Gazzy and Angel's old residence; the Flock sees the picture many times accidentally and sometimes purposefully throughout the series.
He is called The Gasman because he passes gas a great deal, owing to a problem with his digestive system. Additionally, he later develops a "skill": he can produce large "mushroom-shaped" clouds of gas which stink horrendously.
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Angel is 6 years old 7 in Max , Fang , Angel , and Nevermore , with blue eyes and curly blonde hair. Angel is also the biological sister of The Gasman Gazzy. She obtains seemingly random powers at random times, but her most eminent power, lasting throughout the series, is the ability to read and control minds. In The Angel Experiment , she uses her powers to convince a woman to buy her an expensive teddy bear that she names Celeste.
She acquires the ability to hold her breath underwater and swim in deep water at pressures that would crush a normal human as well as change her appearance into a 'bird of paradise' form and change her skin and eye color; however, after the initial introduction, this power is never mentioned again, except when she gets trapped under a snow pile in The Final Warning , but the attempt was unsuccessful.
She is usually mistaken to be powerless and innocent, but she is truly extremely intelligent and dangerous. Her ability to control people's minds gives her extreme power. In Fang , Angel believes that she is the strongest of the Flock, and holds a vote, temporarily kicking Max out of the group.
She also has a 'Voice' in her head, like Max, but the Flock is unaware of this. Angel is portrayed as calculating, ruthless, and unstable in Fang , and has pointed a gun at Max to make enemies back off. In Angel , she seems to have calmed some of the extreme changes of her personality that occurred in Fang , and helps Max to balance her feelings for Fang and Dylan.
She appears to be content with her role and no longer bids for power, but advises Max, who is still suspicious of her. In the end, she volunteers to go undercover in a new evil organization The Doomsday Group. She goes missing after she and Gazzy fail to defuse a bomb, and the others think she is dead.
In fact, she is being held captive in an unknown location, and is continually told she is "most superior". In Nevermore , Angel is captured by The School again. After many tests, they show Angel a video. Angel starts to cry as she realizes the video is of Iggy's operation that has left him permanently blind. She watches the scientists prod and cut open Iggy's eyes until a whitecoat tells her they will be performing the same operation on her. After the operation, Angel loses her sight temporarily and nearly dies in a fire until Max and the Flock come to save her.
When they escape to a 'tropical paradise', the world is being destroyed and she admits to Max she is the Voice, and she has been for years. In Maximum Ride Forever , Angel, at first distrusted by Max but eventually called her "little prophet", leads an army of survivors and mutants against the Remedy after being shown visions on the apocalypse the Remedy caused.
Dylan is an avian-human hybrid who joins the Flock in Fang. He is said to be Max's "perfect other half", causing Max to refer to him as "Mr. Perfect", although Max and Fang are quite in love when they meet. He is six foot two inches tall with a foot wingspan and chocolate colored wings, and is usually described as handsome, with dark-blond hair and turquoise eyes, and is said to have a beautiful singing voice. He is in love with Max, but he was programmed by the scientists to feel that way. Because of this, he and Fang do not see eye-to-eye until the end of Nevermore.
He was also made in a lab, created from a clone of a boy who had died in a car accident in the country of Canada. He is 8 months old in Fang. He learns how to fly when Max teaches him by pushing him off a roof. His relationship with Max is complicated, but she does eventually start to like him. In Fang he is portrayed as somewhat meek, but appears to grow a backbone, even arguing with Max in Angel. The most notable argument in Angel starts at the beginning of the book with Dylan and Max arguing about how miserable Max has been since Fang left her.
Dylan can heal himself almost instantly by placing his own saliva on his wounds and putting pressure on it. In addition, he has extremely good vision and clairvoyance. In Angel , Max finds a new appreciation for Dylan, and a romance is sparked, though Max is usually confused and therefore harsh.
The first time Max allows Dylan to comfort her is in the desert where they embrace. Although she is confused, she allows him to get closer and closer to her. Later, in the book Nevermore , Dylan is told by a 'Voice' that he must capture Max's heart with all his might, so he takes her to a treehouse he made himself and kisses her then. Later, Fang re-appears after his own clan had been destroyed and Max realizes her mistake, choosing to be with Fang instead of a clone with programmed feelings.
Dylan goes on a rampage, destroying part of a town and even attempting to kill Fang. Dylan is nowhere to be seen, so Dr. Martinez seizes her chance and whisks the original flock to a tropical paradise. Dylan appears and states that he will be there for Max when the world ends so they would die together. Max is irked but doesn't respond to him. Since a meteor is coming to demolish the planet, Dylan goes to herd mutant hybrid kids into elaborate caves. In the end, Dylan helps pull Max from the water after the apocalypse.
In Maximum Ride Forever , Dylan is seemingly killed but in reality is kidnapped by the Remedy and turned into a Horseman. However, he becomes aware that the transformation was not successful as he still has free will; when tasked to kill the flock, instead of doing so, he fakes their deaths so that no other Horseman will be sent to truly kill them.
Eventually, Dylan despairingly but solemnly accepts that Max will always love Fang and he cannot be with her. He decides to sacrifice himself to bring Fang back to life in order to make Max happy. Phoenix has Fang's black hair and wings and Max's brown eyes, though her wings are more blue-ish and her eyes are light. The series ends with Phoenix receiving her first flying lesson. He is described to have the characteristics of a Scottish terrier. When Total is rescued from the Institute, he is described as looking similar to Toto from The Wizard of Oz, which would make him a Cairn terrier.
Total's character is not fully developed until School's Out Forever , when it is discovered that he has the ability to talk. He is often humorous and dramatic, exemplified when he gets shot in the tail and isn't hurt largely, but still exaggerates the injury. Despite his dramatic nature, he can be mature when he wants to be and will not tolerate getting treated like a normal dog- even going as far as eating at the table with the rest of the flock. He is known to be a fan of culture, including theater and cuisine. He has the ability to jump to great heights, and eventually grows his own tiny wings.
Total is very loyal to Angel because she is the one that found him in an underground lab in N.
She belongs to Dr. Papa, one of the scientists on the boat that the flock took to Antarctica. Akila is killed by Cryenas in the final book in the series, "Maximum Ride Forever". Jebediah Batchelder is a scientist, and part of the group the 'School' that experimented on Max and the rest of the flock.
He is 73 in the series, but that isn't confirmed by any character. He used to work at the School where the Flock was experimented on, but felt compassion for them and later broke them out and let them live with him. He lived with the Flock deep in the mountains for two years, where he taught them basic survival skills and how to fight so they can defend themselves. Max refers to Jeb as the closest thing she had ever had to a father, although later her feelings for him are mixed. Jeb then disappeared, leaving the Flock alone to fend for themselves.
The Flock thought Jeb was dead, but he reappeared later in the first book. This initially leads the Flock to believe that he is a traitor, but he later comes back to the Flock and helps them on numerous occasions. Jeb is Ari's and Max's biological father. Max does not trust him after discovering his identity. Jeb is shot in the sixth book, but he is shown to be making a steady recovery. Though Jeb and Dr. Martinez are Max's biological parents, there is only a professional relationship between them. Martinez, but is usually wary of Jeb.
Jeb donated his chromosomes, which were matched with those of Dr. Martinez to create Max. In Angel , Jeb tells Max she needs to breed with Dylan after the world ends, and later goes missing with Max's mother. Once Max thought Jeb was the Voice in her head, but in The Final Warning , he reveals he "can do the voice, but isn't the voice", confusing Max.
Jeb keeps telling her things are tests. Throughout the entire series, Max's feelings towards Jeb are conflicted, ranging from a familial love to ultimate hatred. Upon realizing his part in destroying the world, Max begins strangling him but cannot bring herself to kill him; after letting him down, Jeb tazes her and threatens to inject her with the "upgrading" serum, but he is killed by Fang's gang who came to rescue her. The Erasers , created by the School in Death Valley, are half-human, half-wolf hybrids that were bred by the School to be guards, but their larger mission later involves hunting down and even killing the members of the Flock.
Their powers are superhuman strength, but they also eventually gain wings that are crudely grafted onto their shoulder blades. They have a life span of about 4 years to reach maturity and approximately a year or two to hunt the Flock. Jeb's son, Ari, who was turned into an Eraser at a very young age, is one of the last to die when Itex 'retires' all of the Erasers and replaces them with the Flyboys, robotic Erasers with synthetic skin attached to their robotic structure.
The Erasers are originally killed off because they 'expire' very quickly, but they make a surprise appearance in Fang when they attack all of the flock but Max and Fang, who are not at the house with the others. It is believed that when Itex was disbanded, some scientists took Eraser DNA with them, creating these new Erasers, though they are never mentioned after the events of the surprise battle.
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