YMMV: Maximum Ride

  • Angst? What Angst?: Jeb Batchelder has every reason to angst — his son dies, twice, once practically in his arms, his daughter would gladly kill him if given the chance, and he regularly gets slapped around by his superiors — and yet he never says a word. He does get really upset during both of the times when Ari dies and it was mentioned that the clone of Max makes him very upset.
  • Anvilicious: The Final Warning, the fourth book in the series. The entire thing is about how Max needs to save the world by preventing global warming, and it focuses on that to the point where it doesn't even bother to give details on the villain. The book ends with Max making a speech to congress about global warming. Book five, Max focuses on pollution, though it's not as bad as the fourth.
  • Broken Base: When The Final Warning came out, it divided the fanbase. Some really liked it, but others were driven completely up the wall at the plot shift from "bird kids running from Mad Scientists and wolf monsters" to "bird kids save the world from global warming".
  • Canon Fodder: The series frequently wanders off and leaves plot threads hanging — unfortunately, most of the fandom focuses on Fang/Max shipping and won't even touch the missing mad scientists, Max's past in the School, Jeb's true motives...
  • Canon Sue:
    • Maximum Ride. She's got fantastic leadership qualities, good looks, kung-fu abilities, super speed and she dates Troubled, but Cute winged boys.
    • Angel. She has the most extra powers of all of the flock (and will just get them for no apparent reason), she is described as cute and blond and angelic and sweet. Everyone who sees her loves her (except for the evil scientists). There are the hints that she wants to take Max's place as Flock leader and that she apparently sees no problem in mind-controlling people.
    • By the fifth book, Max, the bird kids as a whole are this, particularly since Max features several chapters showing trained professionals who have spent possibly years of their lives mastering advanced skills in the arts of combat and stealth finding themselves inherently inferior to those great bird kids to a ridiculous degree, all to show that these kids have absolutely nothing to learn from adults who are presumably experts in their field and are clearly wrong to attempt to provide these children with any kind of instruction. The kids also start to develop even more superpowers and are portrayed without any major flaws.
  • Cliché Storm: From the evil twin and the stereotyped characters to the boy drama this series uses almost every Young Adult fiction cliché known.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: The series suffers heavily from this, though it doesn't really become apparent until Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports. As what was intended as the final book of a trilogy, you'd expect it to finally start resolving plot arcs, but instead it just keeps throwing in wackier and wackier twists while deliberately avoiding answering any questions.
  • Creator's Pet: Angel, though widely disliked amongst the fandom, constantly gets a bunch of powers, and is now apparently going to get her own book, Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel.
  • Critical Research Failure: Anyone who knows anything about Game Boys could tell you that they don't have downloadable games, and certainly wouldn't have a bunch of them pre-installed if they did. And that you don't sell the display copy of a game console.
  • Deader Than Disco: The series went from a New York Times bestseller (even with talks of a movie adaptation) to near-obscurity due to increased amounts of ass pulls, anvilicious green Aesops, and a very poorly done Re Tool to appeal to the Twilight crowd. The final book came out with almost no fanfare. It really says something when its manga adaptation is more well-known and better regarded, to the point of Adaptation Displacement..
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The series began life as a fairly decent kids' series, full of action and fighting stereotypical Mad Scientists. By book five, Max, the relationship between Max and Fang has become the entire focus of the (thin anyway) plot.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Dylan has virtually no fans due to being a bland replacement for Fang as of the end of Fang.
  • Seasonal Rot:
  • Ship Mates: The series features the official pairing of Fang/Max. What's to be done but pair up the remaining teenager with a preteen girl? God forbid he stay single or date outside his family.
  • Shocking Swerve: Virtually every twist in the series applies, but the one that really takes the cake is Mr. Chu being some sort of... alien... thing wearing a Scooby-Doo-style mask. This was never explained, or even mentioned for the rest of the series.
  • Squick: Roland suggesting that the under aged Max and Dylan (who is really 8 months old) breed together. Not later when they're older, no they should do it right now. He even has a home set up for them already, not to mention how Jeb agrees with him. Thankfully Dr. Martinez goes Mama Bear on his ass.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The series started out with just the gentlest of implied romance between the two main characters, focusing mainly on an intricate plot revolving around the mad scientists who created them. Then book four hit, the plot disappeared, and suddenly they were all over each other, all the time. The fandom was thrilled for the most part... except for those who realized that these two characters were, for all intents and purposes, brother and sister...
  • Strawman Has a Point: In The Final Warning, Max is furious that, after she and the Flock come to the government's attention, they would dare to try to put them in a boarding school. A few of their concerns — being told they would be studied to a certain extent, etc. — were valid, given their history. Several others not so much, especially when Max basically tells them "we've had it harder than you and we know better". It's kind of difficult to argue that they are properly prepared to move to civilian life when they decide to dive-bomb the Pentagon for amusement and then are surprised that there's retaliation.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In Nevermore. Maya has her throat torn out by a cloned Ari, and Dylan goes berserk, terrorizes a city and tries to strangle Fang.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Max. Considering that the book is written entirely in first person and her masculine name, it's no wonder. It's not clear at all that she's female until at least about fifty pages into The Angel Experiment, when she is finally referred to with a female pronoun.
  • Wangst: Max has genuine reasons to be upset, but she seems to make it absolutely clear to the reader that she hates everything.
  • What an Idiot: In Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports, Max decides to have Dr. Martinez surgically remove a microchip inside her arm to get rid of the Voice, knowing that she could risk losing the ability to use one of her hands. So Max decides to go through with the procedure, and lo and behold her left hand goes slack. Not only that, but guess what? THE VOICE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CHIP IN THE FIRST PLACE! Max just gave up a perfectly good hand.
  • The Woobie:
    • The entire Flock.
      • Nudge's desire to understandably be normal.
      • Gazzy and Angel being sold for 10,000 dollars by their own freaking mother not to mention Angel being tortured at the School....
      • Fang finding out that his mother was a drug addict and having Maya die in his arms.
      • Max having to struggle with saving the world and being betrayed by the people she loves the most.
      • Iggy. At first, being blinded by the mad scientists of Itex doesn't seem to faze him... until School's Out — Forever when he breaks down after the Flock's failure of not finding their parents when he confesses that if he would ever lose the Flock, he would lose himself. Then, after that, when he is finally reunited with his parents, it looks like they will accept him for who he is... until it turns out that they were planning to expose him to the world, basically gaining money from him and not even caring about what he thinks, forcing him to go back to the Flock. Poor kid.