So, in honor of Maximum Ride becoming a web series and our fandom no longer needing to be known as “the fandom that waited” (see what I did there; little Doctor Who reference) I started reading the series again. I realized that about half way through the first book that Jeb speaks to Max privately and says:
“…That’s what I told Angel. I told her that everything is a test, even when you don’t know it. That sometimes you just do what you have to do and know that it will all be clearer later. All of this has been a test.” (Chapter 61, page 196.“
Now, being an avid reader, I am used to having authors dump plot twists the size of planets on me, and being in the Maximimum Ride fandom before I knew what fandoms were, I asked myself: What if Jeb really was telling the truth? Now I have read the other books so I am going to try not to give too much away to anyone that may not have read the series. For those of you that have, just please stay with me.
First, if you know nothing about the current progress of the series, James Patterson- author of this wonderful master piece- announced that Nevermore would be the last book in the Maximum Ride series, ending it on book eight. With the announcement of the web series, he also announced that there would be a NINETH book. (If that isn’t enough of a twist then I don’t know what is).
Nobody knows what is going to happen in this book which brings me back to Jeb’s quote up above. What if- and I know this is a little far fetched- what if the entire series had been a test for Max? Everything that she had gone through was all a lie and she was just drugged when Ari grabbed her, Nudge, and Fang for the first time? (Speaking of which, how exactly did Ari get three avian-human hybrids to the School? Did he drug them or just tie them up and throw them in a van?) Anyway, my point being that we all knew that the scientists that created them in the first place were psychopaths that loved torturing kids.
Would it be so far fetched to assume that this was all a test of the psyche and that putting your own experiment under the impression that they were, in fact, chosen to "Save the World” was simply a way to study their mind? The Director herself even states that they “stimulated the synaptic nerves in Max’s brain to make her more intelligent.” If I learned anything from reading this series, its that you give your subjects enough information that you keep them hungry but never reveal the whole truth.
So now, you tell me. What do you think this next, and hopefully last, (because I swear to you, I am so in love with the series but I can’t take another random plot twist) book will be about?