Michael Vey, a fourteen-year old who has Tourette's syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Christmas Box and seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. He is also the winner of the American Mothers Book Award and two first-place Storytelling World Awards. He lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hang onto your socks! Evans' new teen book is a high-voltage ride that cranks up early and surges to a wild finish, setting up sequels to come. Fourteen-year-old Michael Vey tries to stay under the radar, but his small stature and Tourette's syndrome make him a target of bullies, and he has serious reasons to keep from losing his temper. Michael has dangerous powers. He can produce electrical shocks, and this power is getting stronger all the time. Only Michael's mother and his best friend, Ostin, know the truth, until Michael discovers that a lovely classmate, Taylor, also has strange electrically based powers. Forming the Electroclan, the two supernatural teens begin to investigate their pasts and discover a strange connection, but their research brings them to the attention of powerful men set on world domination. The highly charged plot generates a crackling pace, and the main characters are likable and compelling. It is best not to examine the world-building too closely, and the dialogue, especially in the final battle scenes, is melodramatic. Still, many readers will overlook these points as they are caught in the flow of this sizzling story. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Fans of Michael Vey will not be disappointed in this high-octane addition to the series featuring a boy who can manipulate electricity and who tries to stop the nefarious Dr. Hatch from controlling the world's power. Picking up from the final escape scene in Rise of the Elgen (2012), Michael finds himself in the Amazon rain forest. There, he joins forces with Tessa, whose ability to amplify powers comes in handy as they try to free the other Glows still held captive. Evading both the Elgen and Peruvian armies, the teenage Electroclan try to stop Dr. Hatch and return home once and for all. While the character development is shallow and the dialogue sounds dated, Michael and his friends are appealing, uncomplicated protagonists. Chaste romantic scenes and a conspicuous lack of profanity may widen the audience. Readers new to the series may be confused by the large cast and lack of backstory, but the relentless pace and constant one-liners should keep the pages turning easily. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25 1
Chopsticks and Spiders
“Have you found the last two?” The voice on the phone was angry and coarse, like the sound of car tires over broken glass.
“Not yet,” the well-dressed man on the other end of the phone replied. “Not yet. But we believe we’re close—and they still don’t know that we’re hunting them.”
“You believe you’re close?”
“They’re two children among a billion—finding them is like finding a lost chopstick in China.”
“Is that what you want me to tell the board?”
“Remind the board that I’ve already found fifteen of the seventeen children. I’ve put out a million-dollar bounty on the last two, we’ve got spiders crawling the Web, and we have a whole team of investigators scanning global records for their whereabouts. It’s just a matter of time before we find them—or they step into one of our traps.”
“Time isn’t on our side,” the voice returned sharply. “Those kids are already too old. You know how difficult they are to turn at this age.”
“I know better than anyone,” the well-dressed man said, tapping his ruby-capped pen on his desk. “But I have my ways. And if they don’t turn, there’s always Cell 25.”
There was a long pause, then the voice on the phone replied darkly, “Yes. There’s always Cell 25.”