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Maximum Ride: The Final Warning

In this breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson, a girl has to save herself from an army assembled just to capture her–and maybe save the planet while she's at it.

Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment. Max and the other members of the Flock–six kids who share her remarkable ability–have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the causes of global warming. Their ability to fly could help the scientists conquer this epic problem. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism–and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.

But even in Antarctica, trapped in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world....

Maximum Ride is James Patterson's greatest character, a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at once. THE FINAL WARNING is an unrelenting new adventure from the writer Time magazine has called "The Man Who Can't Miss."

Part One | ANOTHER PART OF THE BIG PICTURE

Chapter 6

You are reading Fang's Blog. Welcome! You are visitor number: 4,792

Whatever the tally counter at the top tells you, your number is actually way higher than that. Our counter thing broke, and we finally got it working again. But it started again at zero. Anyway, thanks for checking in.

We're all okay, but we just buried a friend. I know some of you out there have lost someone close to you, and now I get a little bit of what it's like. The guy who died–I knew him for a long time, but not that well, and for the past six months, I've hated his guts. Then I suddenly didn't. Then he died.

For me what was harder than losing him was watching what it did to people around me. The one thing I really can't stand is when Max and the others are in pain or upset. Not upset like in angry or teed off, 'cause God knows if that got to me I'd be totally out of luck. But upset like in crying, sadness, regret–all that stuff. I hate it. It kills me. I know what it takes to make these kids cry, to make Max cry, and I hate that they had to go through that.

But enough of all that emo stuff. The end result is: We're all good. We're all alive. I'm glad about that, about the six of us. They're who matter to me. Even when Max is being a pigheaded, stubborn idiot dictator, she's still the one I want by my side. Though I can feel myself getting ulcers and gray hairs from dealing with her.

Anyway! We're on our way to a hush-hush meeting with some top- secret bigwigs, ooh. Yep, fighting to the death one day, drinking frosty little drinks on a private jet the next. It's enough to make anyone schizo.

I don't have too much else to say right now, so I'll answer some questions that you guys have sent in.

Dylan from Omaha writes: Its so cool that you guys can fly. Do you have any other superpowers?

Well, Dylan, yes we do. Iggy is a crack accountant, as long as someone reads him the numbers. And Gazzy can whip up a lemon meringue pie like nobody's business.

No, seriously, we may have a couple tricks up our wings, but we're not gonna tell you or anyone else. The more that people know about us, the more ways they can think up to mess with us. Capiche? Nothing personal.

– Fang

Sweetmarie420 from Gainesville writes: When you guyz grow up, will you lay eggz or have babeez?

With any luck at all, I won't do either. Not sure about Max, Nudge, and Angel. Don't wanna find out anytime soon. – Fang

Zeroland from Tupelo writes: I wish ida been there at your big battle, man. It woulda been so awesome!!!!

Kid, you need another definition for awesome. You don't want to be anywhere near one of our battles. I don't even want to be near our battles. Unfortunately, the evil idiots usually don't give me a choice. – Fang

MelysaB from Boulder writes: I know you have to hide out sometimes. I'm a guide in the Colorado mountains around Boulder, and I could help you find some good hiding places.

Thanks, MelysaB. We love the Colorado mountains. And we're never gonna take you up on your offer. If you're one of Them, then this is a trap. If you're not one of Them, then doing anything for us puts you in danger. But thanks anyway. – Fang

Okay, gotta go. Peace out. – Fang

Copyright © 2008 by James Patterson

Read by Jill Apple

Jill Apple is a voice-over artist, having lent her voice to hundreds of television and radio commercials, animation projects, and audiobooks. She lives in New York City with her husband, Maury, and her Boston terrier, Otis.

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