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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of "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 still being hunted by new threats at every turn.

This time, the US government wants to keep the Flock under observation, offering a safe haven and schooling in return. But after their incredible adventures in books 1-3, Max and Flock have grown to love freedom - after all, haven't grown-ups always found a way to ruin their lives?

After escaping the control of the feds, they are surprised to find themselves allied with a group of environmental scientists who just might be trustworthy. Besides, what enemy could find them in one of the remotest locations on earth - Antarctica - on an expedition studying the effects of global warming up close?

There is one, however: The Uber-Director - literally, brains on a stick - an evil being who has developed mechanical soldiers far more frightening than Erasers. Their quest? To retrieve the Flock and sell them in a global auction for billions of dollars. Will the Uber-Director nab them before Max, Fang and the flock succumb to the dangers of the harsh Antarctic wilderness?

Kids, parents, and educators tuned into the issue of global warming will find this latest episode of the blockbuster Maximum Ride series not only a particularly riveting adventure, but also a motivating, cautionary tale about a real-life peril that may affect their own future.

©2008 James Patterson (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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  • Richard
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 07-30-08

Sadly not even good fiction

The previous books were very good and entertaining. I and my kids loved them. My kids will not hear this book. It's full of questionable science and questionable facts used to support an anti-global warming agenda complete with political direction straight from Al Gore. It MIGHT be tolerable kids fiction if it were balanced; but, it isn't. A sad addition to a good series.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 02-11-09


Unlike the previous Maximum Ride books, this one has an agenda to preach to your children a religion of global warming. It implies like the future books will have the same focus. Lack of scientific principles throughtout the book with the characters guessing their way to the assumed cause of all thier problems. Not the action packed Max books we'd expected.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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political statement

We realy enjoyed the first few books of this story (Maximum Ride) but, This and the previous book are nothing but venting by the author about global warming. Not saying that global warming doesn't exist, but this is not entertainment.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Just a platform for political views

I've really loved this series so far and couldn't wait to read this book, but then it went off on this stupid global warming soap box crap. Everyone has their own views on things. He should have just stuck to the story and left all that other crap out. I'm not even sure if I want to read any more of the stories now in case they're more liberalistic garbage. Very disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JanetNAZ
  • YUMA, AZ, United States
  • 02-05-13

Good continuation of Series

Would you listen to The Final Warning again? Why?


What other book might you compare The Final Warning to and why?

The rest of the Maximum Ride books

What about Jill Apple’s performance did you like?

All of it. She brought ALL of the characters to life but she was really Max to the limit!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Max is dealing with her feelings for Fang and her jealousy. She tells Fang that "there is no me and you." And Fang responds, "There will ALWAYS be a me and you!"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • adriel
  • United States
  • 11-13-13

Needed to do his homework

Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Jill Apple?

I will read another one of his books.

Has The Final Warning turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not from this genre but maybe this series.

Was The Final Warning worth the listening time?

This book had a major political agenda. Completely turned me off.

Any additional comments?

I have read lots of Patterson books, this is the first one I did not like. He needs to do his homework, a little better, on global warming. If you want to read a book with a left-wing political agenda this might be the book for you otherwise it is not worth the time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nate
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 06-22-08

Mutant kids run amuck

Patterson has a knack for writing thrillers and as a fan of his work, I wanted to love this. However, compared to recent listens like Robert Stanek's wonderful Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, The Final Warning wasn't as good.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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laughably inaccurate propaganda piece

brainwashing central is not just for the mutants........ it is now for your kids too

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  • Lori
  • Ocala, FL, United States
  • 05-27-09


Another episode in Max's life...another adventure. Cute, easy to follow. And informative about environmental issues.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachael
  • Howell, MI, United States
  • 07-30-15

Pander much, Patterson??

Congrats! I never thought anyone could beat Spielberg in the at of pandering to the lowest common denominator. Mr. Patterson's jump into young adult leaves much to be desired. This series has turned into a bad mix of hackneyed Hollywood go-to's. Many corny clichéd story lines (ala the masterful stylings of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series), mixed with a screenplay penned by Michael Moore while on a 10 day crack binge, with more than a pinch of self righteous rhetoric in form of long-winded militant monologs bythe protagonist. This book was a terrible joke and serious waste of an audible credit. I sincerely hope that this book was either rushed to print or just a money grab by James Patterson for his own sake.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful