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Max II, or Maya, is Maximum Ride's clone; she is first introduced in School's Out - Forever. She looks exactly like Max, but has a different personality.
Max II first appeared in Book 2, where she was part of a plan to replace the original Max and have the Flock "retired". However, the Flock managed to figure out that she wasn't Max after she offered to cook, offered to fix Nudge's hair, and ordered Total off of the bed repeatedly. (Angel's telepathic abilities also contributed to this.) At the end of the same book, Max II fought what was supposed to be a fight to the death against the original Max, but was spared because Max refused to kill her, telling the whitecoats that she wouldn't sink to their pathetic level. Max also regarded Max II as another person.
Her whereabouts after the bomb at the Itexicon building in the previous book were unknown until the third book, which is when the Flock found her at Itexicon's German headquarters, along with other mutants preparing for termination. She warns the original Max about how fast Itex is killing the mutants, and says that they only have about a day before they too are terminated. (When she first appears in this book, she is seen with two other clones that look exactly like Nudge and Angel; however, whether or not the boys of the Flock have clones is never revealed.)
Between Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports and ANGELEdit
Despite the dissolution of Itex at the end of the third book, Max II was not terminated and was moved back to a facility in New York (possibly the Institute for Higher Living) where she remained for an unknown amount of time. At some point she was liberated (as said in Ch 59 of ANGEL) from her cage and moved to Europe, where she learned some French and decided to change her name to Maya, a name which she retained for the rest of the series. She finally returned to the United States upon seeing Fang's post asking for mutant volunteers.
Maya joined Fang's Gang in the seventh book. Max was furious after finding out about this, and she and Fang often argued about it. She began to think Maya is just her replacement. Although Fang showed signs of having feelings for her, she knew it was only because he missed Max. Maya also argued with Max, saying that she was her own person, and not just a clone. Fang was on Maya's side in these arguments, and he said she was unique.
In Nevermore, Maya was shown with Fang's Gang up to the moment Ari showed up. He mistakenly called her Max, and then Maya laughed when she said she wasn't Max; Ari was taken aback, then scoffed that she was slower and her reflexes weren't as fast as his sister's. Infuriated, Maya jumped up and the two fought until Maya fell from the sky and Fang caught her, finding out her neck was a mess of blood, and Ari ambushed them and lunged, crushing her chest with his arm. She died in Fang's arms from her injuries, leaving him heartbroken.
Physical Appearance Edit
She was said to look exactly like Max physically, even having "identical scars and scratches" with her.
When she joined Fang's Gang, it was said that she had a faint pink streak in her hair. In Nevermore, she was said to have a short pixie cut.
In the second book, Max II disliked the Flock and Total, thinking of them as irritating. She wondered why Max stays with them.
She seemed to have a bad temper, and wasn't much like the real Max. She seemed convinced that the original Max is full of herself, but spoke with empathy when observing her.
She had a soft spot for Ari, since she was known to hang around with him in suspicious ways, such as on rooftops and other places. Ari enjoyed Max II's company since she bothered Jeb, and since she was identical to the original Max.
In ANGEL, it was shown more plainly that she was her own person, not just Max's clone. She did not want to be anything like Max.