Max and the Flock are flying high over Africa , but this time they're not alone. A sky full of cargo planes accompanies the team as they bring much-needed aid to the continent's poverty stricken regions. Among the volunteers is the mission's benefactor--the mysterious billionaire, Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen. Max is intrigued by his generosity, but there's also something about him--and his intense scrutiny of the Flock--that makes her nervous.
But Dr. Hans isn't the only puzzling thing about their trip. The Flock also receives a cryptic message from a young girl, who tells them, "The sky will fall." Max and the Flock are ready to return home, still unable to make sense of her statement. But the surprises don't end with their departure, and something unbelievably momentous shakes up the Flock--pushing Max and Fang closer than ever. Will the team be able to stick together through the chaos?
Max, an avian/human hybrid who was grown in a lab, is back to continue the Maximum Ride series as leader of a flock of winged kids, including her teenage soul mate, Fang. Despite the title of this book, this is still very much Max's story, most of it told in first person in the passionately wry voice of Jill Apple. By Book Six, she IS the voice of Max to listeners. What's different this time is the introduction of a new teen bird boy, Dylan, who was apparently created specifically to appeal to Max. This series is all about voice, something mastered by both Patterson and Apple. It's impossible not to like Max, a girl who lives life on a knife-edge and can never out-fly trouble. M.M.C. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine