Max Einstein: Saves the Future: Max Einstein, Book 3
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fast, fun, smart mystery is packed with adventure and heart.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of physics, history, science, geography, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Don't let your past define your future. Think carefully about how you want to spend your time. Have confidence in your skills. Be a good friend.
Positive Role Models
Max and her fellow geniuses work hard, trust each other's skills, care for each other, and want to make the world a better place for everyone, not just themselves. The kids at the Change Makers Institute are from all over the world, and have differing family backgrounds.
The kids at the Change Makers Institute are from all over the world, and have differing family backgrounds. They approach their challenges through the lenses of their own culture: food scarcity in India looks different than in New York City, and so do its solutions.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Violence & Scariness
Chases, shooting, kids and adults in danger, lots of weapons, and threats -- but all age appropriate content.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max Einstein: Saves the Future, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, is an action-packed adventure with kindness, intelligence, and humor at its core. Max's life story -- genius homeless orphan chosen by benevolent teen billionaire to join other kids working on projects that save humanity -- is outlandish and fun. Her blank-slate background and obsession with Albert Einstein are a perfect setup for her mile-a-minute thoughts on physics, geography, family, purpose, friendship, and almost any other topic. The minor amount of violence here is age-appropriate, with villains chasing heroes and plenty of epic escapes. Max's thoughts about family and her history, are a mature perspective on how to acknowledge past hardship while not letting it define the future.
Where to Read
There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What's the Story?
Like other books in this series, MAX EINSTEIN: SAVES THE FUTURE focuses on a global problem and the way the genius kids try to solve it, all while trying to escape the clutches of the evil Corp and its henchmen. The Corp is a shadowy group of the world's richest people who manipulate events to make even more money. The Corp wants Max to come work for them, and will stop at nothing to kidnap her and force her to use her intelligence and skills to their advantage. This time, Max and the other kids at the Change Makers Institute, a force for global good funded by a teen billionaire, try to solve world hunger. But first they have to keep Max alive and figure out who might be betraying them from within CMI itself.
Is It Any Good?
These pages are packed with enticing contrasts -- a fast-paced adventure and slow unfolding of personal stories, high-tech gadgets battling basic supplies, brilliant kids vs. powerful adults. Max Einstein: Saves the Future is a fun read that brings science to young adventurers, with Max explaining mid-getaway why her plan for using heat to confuse drones will work, or the drawings showing the physics behind using luggage as a weapon. Max's personal story offers a lot of time for reflection, and that this isn't seen as a weakness offers readers a chance to see parts of themselves in her struggles. The friendships between the kids of the Change Makers Institute are both lighthearted and deep, and the good-vs.-evil quest is just plain fun.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how it feels to be betrayed by someone the way the Change Makers Institute kids are in Max Einstein: Saves the Future. Have you had someone pretend to be your friend? How did you react when you found out the truth? How did you feel?
Which of the CMI's proposed solutions to solving world hunger would you most want to work on?
What big global problems do you want to solve? What smaller, more local issues do you want to make an impact on?
- Authors: James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
- Illustrator: Beverly Johnson
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: STEM, Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: jimmy patterson
- Publication date: August 31, 2020
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 14
- Number of pages: 352
- Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: August 30, 2021
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Read
Our Editors Recommend
Books for Kids Who Love Math and Science
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate