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Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment Genre

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Adventure; Young Adult Literature; Science Fiction


There's no shortage of heart-stopping action and adventure in The Angel Experiment. Max and the rest of the flock members are always fighting for their lives, going on super long flights (not in planes) across the country, and basically kicking some serious Eraser butt. They even have some serious mysteries to solve in terms of their origins and breaking into the Institute. If all of this fighting, law-breaking, and evading of villains isn't an adventure, then we don't know what is.

Young Adult Literature

Even though Max and her friends have to deal with some pretty grown-up issues (like distrusting the government and trying to stay alive), they're still a bunch of teenagers and kids. Because of this, their perspective is decidedly youthful, and the book skews toward a younger audience. The simple language and relatable teenage issues (like first kisses and wanting both freedom and parental security) is totally relatable for adolescent readers.

Science Fiction

Since there are more human-animal hybrids in The Angel Experiment than actual human beings, we think it's safe to say that this book falls squarely in the genre of science fiction. The flock members and the Erasers are all science experiments that have been created at the School with complex DNA splicing. They don't know why the scientists are experimenting on human DNA in this way and what the end goal is—but the flock members do know that they don't want to stick around to find out.

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