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Written by James Patterson

Part of the Hawk series Series

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Hawk Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Gritty Reads Thrillers

Fantastical post-apocalyptic peril in New York City

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Co-written by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (perhaps better known as Cate Tiernan, author of the Wiccan Sweep series), this tenth novel in the Maximum Ride sequence reels with action and plot-driving, straight-talking dialogue.


A gripping, in-your-face opening tells seventeen-year-old Hawk’s backstory: “My parents’ muted voices, the fogged-out faces - that was ten years ago. No friend ever came. My parents never came back…What kind of a pathetic idiot waits on the same corner every day from five to five thirty for their whole life? Or at least ten years of it? The biggest idiot in the world. This was the last, very, very last time.” No sooner has Hawk given up on waiting for them to return, it seems that someone is coming for her, but not her parents, and not for amiable reasons…


The factions and gangs of The City of the Dead are an ever-present menace, along with an evocative sense of post-apocalyptic decay and disorder. And, as Hawk struggles to survive, the risks and costs couldn’t be higher.

Joanne Owen

Hawk Synopsis

A story for a new generation of Maximum Ride fans!

Maximum Ride lost her fight to save the world. But from the ashes of the old world, a phoenix has risen... she calls herself Hawk. Hawk doesn't know her real name. She doesn't know who her parents were, or where they went. The only thing she remembers is that they told to wait on a street corner until they came back for her.

That was ten years ago. The day that she finally gives up waiting is the moment her life changes for ever. Because the promise becomes reality: someone is coming for her. But it's not a rescue. It's an execution.

Hawk Press Reviews

Has all the characteristics of his work ... pace, action, mystery and cool    Sunday Times

A fast-moving, multi-stranded, hugely entertaining story that brings the world of Maximum Ride back with a bang - Keighley News

Fans of dystopian fiction will enjoy this pulsating new YA novel from bestselling author James Patterson . . . Patterson is second to none when it comes to writing pacy thrillers and this one has got the lot - an intriguing plot, exciting action and a captivating lead character - Independent

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ISBN: 9781529120028
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529120028
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Gritty Reads, Thrillers

About James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here. Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. ...

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