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FANG WILL BE THE FIRST TO DIE.
Maximum Ride is used to living desperately on the run from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world—but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as this horrifying prophetic message. Fang is Max's best friend, her soul mate, her partner in the leadership of her flock of winged children. A life without Fang is a life unimaginable.

BUT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER...
When a newly created winged boy, the magnificent Dylan, is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like the others, Dylan exists for only one reason: he was designed to be Max's perfect other half.

TO REPLACE FANG.
Thus unfolds a battle of perfection versus passion that terrifies, twists, and turns...and meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming.

Book One | MEETING DOCTOR GOD

Chapter 5

"STOP!" I SCREAMED. Lightning fast, I swept the sharp rock right out of Angel's grasp, and it went spinning off into the dust. "Have you completely lost your mind, Angel?"

"It's okay, Max," Angel assured me, and Jeanne nodded. "Oui, oui."

I dropped to my knees and examined Jeanne's hand while she sucked a finger on her other. She had a thin puncture at least an inch long. "Wait here. I'm gonna run to get a first aid kit," I said breathlessly.

Jeanne grabbed my arm with her nonbloody hand. "Non, non," she said. "Voici." She pointed to her oozing wound.

"I know, I know. I'm so sorry, Jeanne!" I babbled. "Please forgive Angel. She's a little...unbalanced. I'll fix you up right now. You'll be fine, I promise."

"Yes, she will," Angel said calmly. How badly was I going to kick her butt later?

Jeanne placed the finger she'd been sucking on at one end of the incision and started pressing it.

"Jeepers, don't touch that!" I said. "We need to keep the wound clean—keep it from getting infected." I looked around. "Someone here who speaks French! Tell her not to—"

I broke off as I witnessed something unlike anything I'd seen before. And I'd seen a lot of weird stuff—including brains-on-a-stick (check out book three if you're curious). Most of the weird stuff I'd seen had been nightmarish. But this was...something beautiful. Breathtaking. Miraculous.

As Jeanne ran her finger slowly along the bloody slash, pressing as she went, it closed up right before my eyes. She had healed herself.

Copyright © 2010 by James Patterson

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