Study Guide

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment Family

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The kids in Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment don't exactly have the most conventional of families. First of all, they're mutants. In their case, this means they were raised in a terrible laboratory environment called the School. But the six avian-human kids—Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, The Gasman, and Angel—have formed their own little tight-knit family. Even when they discover that they weren't created in test tubes and have biological parents out there somewhere, they continue to see each other as their closest family members.

Questions About Family

  1. Why do the kids want to know who their biological parents are so badly? Use the text for evidence.
  2. How does learning that Ari is her brother change things for Max? How do you think they're related? Again, use the book to bolster your answer.
  3. Why don't the Erasers seem to be as close-knit and family-oriented as the flock? Be specific, yo.

Chew on This

The flock members are so obsessed with their biological backgrounds not because they want to know their families, but because they've missed out on normal childhoods thanks to the School's "upbringing."

The flock is only able to see each other as family because they left the School and strengthened their relationships on their own terms. If they stayed at the School, they'd just end up like the Erasers, who are ruthless and only follow directions.

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