The MOMENT I saw that there were human-avian hybrids in Maximum Ride, I immediately checked it out from my school library. Human-avian hybrids (or as I affectionately call them, birb bois) are one of my favorite tropes ever, and they were executed wonderfully in the first installment of Maximum Ride. Maximum (Max) Ride and her "flock"- her ragtag group of adopted siblings- have been living peacefully in the mountains ever since Jeb, their former caretaker, busted them out of the lab they were raised in- they'd been experimented on since they were babies. But now Jeb is gone. And the lab's "Erasers"- lupine-human hybrids with a taste for blood- are on their tails. When one of their own is taken away- 6-year-old Angel, with her strange telepathy powers- Max and the others must get her back- or die trying. This book was an INSANE start to the series. 5/5. Would definitely (and aggressively) recommend.