Thursday, January 17, 2008

top 10

1. Max- Max is the main character of the book and leader of the group. She and her group are human avian hybrids, which means they have been genetically engineered with wings and superhuman strengths. Max’s goal in the book is to save the world from a company called ITEX who is trying to kill regular humans and replace them with the human hybrids.
2. Fang- Fang is Max’s right hand man. He backs her up and is older than everyone in the flock. He wears black a lot and is like a ghost. He will be one place then a second later he will be in another. He is good at being sneaky and he’s excellent at not being noticed. Fang has a blog that he writes his daily accounts in and in the end of the book he gets millions of kids all over the world to revolt against ITEX by posting his life and how he needs help on his blog.
3. Climax- The climax of the book is the final fight of the book where max has to defeat Omega to save the world. Omega is another superhuman with all human qualities times 400. He is faster, stronger, and smarter than Max. They have to fight to the death and max wins because she found his weakness.
4. Germany- The climax happened in Lendeheim, Germany at one of the ITEX buildings. In this building they were running cruel tests and turning Normal humans into human hybrids. Max fought Omega here and found out all the information she needed about her life and family she didn’t know she had. Also a big part of the book happened when they had to fly over the Atlantic Ocean.
5. An important part of the book was when max found her mom- Ever since Max could remember she hasn’t had a mother and in the book her personal mission is to find her. After awhile she started to think she was just lab grown like the others. But Jeb tells her that Dr. Martinez was her mother but she didn’t believe it. Later after the big battle with Omega she took the head of ITEX high into the air and interrogated her and found out that Dr. Martinez was her mom and had donated an egg to the science program. At the end of the book they are living together as a family.
6. An important part of the book was when- Max and her half of the flock separated from Fang and his half- When the flock escaped from being captured by ITEX they added a new member to the flock. Ari a 7-year-old kid that had been genetically mixed with wolf DNA and avian DNA and put on steroids for his whole life joins the group. In the past Ari had almost killed Fang so when he joined the group Fang wasn’t too happy and didn’t feel safe. So he took half the flock that voted to go with him and left.
7. Recombinant DNA- This word is important to the book because its what the scientists at ITEX call mixing different DNA structures together to make the human hybrids. Recombinant DNA creatures are scheduled to take over the world to make it a perfect place. But Max defeats Omega then destroys ITEX for good.
8. Plot- The plot of the book is scientists that mix DNA from other creatures with humans have been trying to take over the world and kill all the humans that are sick, weak, unintelligent, etc. This plan is known as the by half plan because they plan on killing half the population and replace it with better super humans that they have created in the lab. But Max, Fang, Nudge, Iggy, Gassy, and Angel are all lab made recombinant DNA results that were human until the lab scientists added wings to them. With their wings tucked close to their body they look like regular humans, which enables them to walk around in public. These flying bird kids have a mission to stop this by half plan and save the world from corruption.
9. Resolution- The resolution to the story is after the climax when Max defeated Omega and found out who her mother was. The resolution to the problem of the scientists destroying the world is that Max saved the world and found out who her mother was. After all of this happened she flew to Arizona to live with her new family. But she couldn’t just desert her flock so she let them come and live with them to all as one big happy family.
10. An important part in the book is when- The scientists switched from there first weapon of morphing human wolf hybrids with wings called erasers that were used to try and hunt down the flock, to the new “flyboys” which were instead of living creatures robots with wings that were in the shape of erasers. They were more efficient, easier to take care of, and harder to kill. This made it harder for Max and her flock to win the fights between the flyboys and flock. This almost lead to them being killed multiple times but they made it out alive.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Week 7 post B

"Dr. Martinez really was my mother."(390)- This quote is a major part of the puzzle of the book. Ever since Max can remember she has never had a mother or known of who her mother was. In the book along with the quest to save the world she is on a self mission also to find out who her mom is. She had met Dr. Martinez once before because she needed someone to fix up her gunshot wound and liked her a lot. Then as she is talking and interigating the head leader of the human hybrid company ITEX she finds out that Dr. Martinez is actually her real mother and that she had donated an egg to the scientific research company. Now in the end of the book max and the flock along with Jeb and Dr. Martinez are all living in one house as a family.

week 7 post A

inadequate: deficient, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, sparse, in short supply
Humvee: a modern military vehicle.

Figurative language:
"He weighed so much it was like a brick wall crumbling down on top of me."(370)- simile
"And i was standing here like a scarecrow."(400)- simile
"It was like a Norman Rockwell painting."(403)- simile

"Omega was out cold but not dead."(375)- This is significant to the book because Max had to defeat Omega (another human hybrid) to save the world from getting destroyed. She defeats him and the world is now saved somewhat.

the theme was that Max was in a major battle with Omega.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

week 6 post B

"I'm your father, max. said Jeb simply."(321)- This quote is a huge shock for the whole flock. Jeb raised the flock and taught them everything they know. The flock knew he wasn't their father but they acted like it. Now Jeb re-appears after a few years of trying to kill them and tells the flock that he is Max's father. This changes the whole story because the flock dispises him for trying to kill them and deserting them and now he wants to be friends with them again. Now the flock has to make a very important decision on to take his apology or not.

week 6 post A

Dank- disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold.
Shackle- a pair of fetters connected together by a chain, used to fasten a prisoner's wrists or ankles together.

Figurative language:
- "Looking at us curiously, as if we were a zoo exhibit."(302)- simile
- "He just looked like a mistake."(302)- simile
- "I felt the damp heat of nudge's hand tighten on mine, felt my feathers brushing the cold stone floor."(322)- imagery

"You're willing to sell children to a foreign government so they can use us as weapons?" (312)- this quote is significant to the book because it is describing the situation they are in right now. There are scientist who are wanting to trade these human hybrids to china as weapons.

A rising theme is the possability of a major fight coming up.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

week 5 post B

"The time of the Re-Evolution is here!"(251)- This quote is a turning point in the book because the thing that they don't want to happen is now happening. The re-evolution is a plan that the bad guys have to make a perfect world by killing all of the useless people and keep the healthy ones that can contribute to society. Max's job was to prevent this from starting and it has started. She now is doing everything in her power to get an army together and take on the bad guys to stop the re-evoltuion. But this is a hard task because first she has to destroy all the headquarter buildings of the company that is doing this.

week 5 post A

claustrophobia- The fear of being in a small space
Picturesque- unusual and vivid

figurative language:
"The sadness about my mother was like crying your guts out."(267)- simile
"Im like a damsel in distress."(286)- simile
"You write like a drunk monkey but you'll get there."(287)- simile

"But i am your mother, Max."(260)- This quote is significant to the book because Max grew up not knowing her mother and now she meets her and she is one of the people trying to kill her.

The theme of everyone banding together to defeat the bad guys is the emerging theme.